2023 Fall Preview: Top Performers
SUWANEE, GA - The annual HoopSeen Fall Preview is in the books. Every October, this is one of the proven camps that provides established names, sleepers, and newcomers a stage to prepare for the upcoming high school season.
The 2023 installment of the event saw plenty of quality performances, and we’re kicking off our coverage of the afternoon with a look at some of the top overall performers.
Thomas is as true of a point guard as it gets. He balances scoring and distributing well. Thomas is quick and can get to where he needs to go to put himself and those around him in situations to be successful. His passing was next level on Sunday. Thomas got into the paint and got the ball moving often. He filled it up from all levels throughout the afternoon too. While he was electric on offense, his defense was as much of an emphasis for him. He made life difficult for opposing guards with his speed and pressure.
Watkins still feels like a sleeper in the state although he shouldn’t be. He’s proven—across multiple platforms—that he’s a gifted scorer from multiple levels. He can hit shots and maneuver his way to the basket as a slasher. Watkins can create his own, but he’s not selfish with the ball. On Sunday he made good decisions with the ball as a distributor. Look for him to continue to break out with Seckinger this winter.
Jones was one that made the trip up from outside of the Atlanta metro. He’s a player that has made plenty of noise in the Savannah area. The 6-foot-3 guard is capable of going on hot stretches from three, and he uses his athleticism and craft to be able to get to the rim. Sunday saw multiple dunks from him as well as a tough mid-range game. He had a good sophomore season of high school, but his upcoming junior year should be even better for him.
There’s no doubt that McVey was one of the most projectable prospects in the building. He’s one of the more intriguing players in Georgia’s 2025 class. The 7-footer was a dominant presence around the basket on either side of the ball, and he showed skill and dexterity away from the basket as well. Whether he was blocking shots, showing off his footwork, or flexing his jumper, McVey was an attention-grabber. It's not hard to see why so many D1 programs are vying for his commitment.
Taylor was one of the most well-rounded forwards in attendance. He just did a little bit of everything well on either end of the floor. Defense, rebounding, dunking everything around the rim, Taylor has a lot to like in his game. He was as dominant of a presence around the basket as there was in the gym. The 6-foot-9 or so forward should already be on college radars, but his time will certainly come in the spring when 2025 is the class of focus on the recruiting trail.