The Shot Clock with Josh Tec: Page picks USC, Alabama A&M lands two Georgia seniors
This is an exciting Monday because HoopSeen’s camp season has now wrapped. I love going to camps because it provides a different setting to evaluate players. The reason I’m excited for camp season to be over is that it means that the high school season is mere weeks away.
That’s my favorite time of year, and I’m especially excited for this season because the GHSA has new region alignments which will provide some fresh matchups and rivalries.
I’m currently building out a primer for the season similar to the one I published ahead of the 2021-22 season. Before getting to that, let’s take a look back on the week that was in the Georgia basketball world.
Page picks the Trojans
On Monday, Wheeler (HS) forward Arrinten Page committed to USC. Page picked the Trojans over Miami (FL), Cincinnati and Indiana.
Page has had a steady rise while at Wheeler. He played sparingly as a sophomore and started to emerge as a junior. It wasn’t until the start of spring, however, that he saw his stock rise to where it is now.
With TSF, Page vaulted into becoming a national name and was one of the country’s fastest-rising prospects.
Throughout the fall, USC prioritized Page and had coaches at Wheeler consistently to court him and Isaiah Collier.
When I made a stop to check in on a Wildcats practice, head coach Andy Enfield was also in attendance.
What are Enfield and the Trojans getting in Page?
He’s a high-flying, rim-running forward who attacks the basket aggressively. He’s a long, physical post presence but not limited to the paint. Page has proven to be a consistent 3-point shooter, so he’ll be able to stretch the floor while at USC.
The intriguing question that Page’s commitment brings is whether it solidifies his teammate Isaiah Collier as a Trojan.
Collier is ranked as the top point guard in the 2023 class, and in some cases, he’s the No. 1 player overall.
Collier has a final list that includes USC, and in recent weeks, it appears that the Trojans have emerged as the favorite in his recruitment.
The same day that Enfield and I were at Wheeler, Collier tweeted that his commitment date would be coming soon. Without having solid information, one can assume that Collier was finally won over by what USC was selling after that meeting.
Alabama A&M has a big week
The Bulldogs secured two commitments from players in Georgia’s 2023 class this past week.
Kell guard Aaron Smith and Grayson forward Chad Moodie chose Alabama A&M as their home for the next four years.
In Smith, A&M is getting a guard who’s going to be a defensive stopper and an aggressive slasher. He’s continued to level up as a shooter and all-around scorer too.
Moodie is a forward who does all of the dirty work and makes hustle plays happen. He’s going to secure loose balls and pull his fair share of boards. Moodie’s going to be a favorite among the coaching staff because of his motor.
The Bulldogs may not be done in Georgia either. 2023 guard Bilal Abdur-Rahman announced that he’d be announcing his commitment on October 29. He recently visited Alabama A&M.
Fall preview camp notes
HoopSeen capped its fall camp season on Sunday. Before the comprehensive camp content starts to roll out throughout the week, here are some notes from what I saw.
Max McNeill was a standout for the second weekend in a row on the HoopSeen stage. The 2025 guard is a smooth operator and effortlessly gets to the rim. He’s someone to keep an eye on as a stock riser in the state.
Another great guard from Sunday was Tri-Cities junior Malique Johnson. He was the most electric scorer I saw on Saturday and kept the gym abuzz with his offensive skill set. I think he’s going to have a big year at Tri-Cities, and he should carry that momentum into the AAU season.
One more guy that I wanted to mention here was Jaylen Richardson out of Archer. On a day with some high-level guard play, he was undoubtedly one of the standouts. He was able to use his athleticism to get to his spots and thrived both as a scorer and distributor.
Stay locked in throughout the week as we start to take a closer look at Sunday’s camp.