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Battle in the Peach: Evans, Brown headline a busy Saturday

9, Dec 2023

Battle in the Peach: Evans, Brown headline a busy Saturday

MARIETTA, Ga.—Holiday showcase season is in full force in the Peach State. With at least three high school events and one college event, the basketball options were 

aplenty in Georgia. 

Another day at Marietta (GA) Wheeler saw some of the best talent in the state mixed with national powers. 

Once again, college coaches and Peach State luminaries adorned the sidelines to take in the action. 

Here’s what went down on Holt Road. 


Isaiah Evans burns nets

Duke signee Isaiah Evans is one of the best shooters in the country. He’s capable of getting as hot as anyone from three, and he showed that to close Saturday night. 

Evans drained 10 3-pointers en route to a 36-point night. 

Hitting shots is his specialty. He has the size to shoot over most defenders, and he’s not afraid to keep shooting even if he misses a couple. 

Outside of his shooting, Evans’ competitive fire showed itself, and he made several plays on defense that stood out. 


CJ Brown takes off

CJ Brown’s bounce has been well documented in the HoopSeen archives. The guy is showtime. He has different bounce. 

He used his elite leaping ability to lead Marietta (GA) Kell to an impressive win. Of his 25 points, Brown scored 18 of them in the second half. 

Several of those buckets were loud. They had the rims, the gym shaking because when he goes to the basket, he goes as aggressively as anyone. Layups aren’t good enough. Brown looks to put people in the rim every time. 

Brown shut the gym down on several dunks including this one.

Tylis Jordan continues to intrigue

2025 combo forward Tylis Jordan has long been one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2025 class. 

At 6-foot-9, Jordan looks the part. He’s the kind of player that stops evaluators and coaches in their tracks. He’s always shown flashes of overwhelming talent as well. 

Saturday saw a materialization of a lot of what people love about Jordan’s game and potential. 

Jordan played a pretty complete game with a versatile 23 points, a strong rebounding effort, and some dazzling playmaking. 

Offensively, Jordan was effective with his mid-range jumper in the high post, and he finished with authority closer to the basket. 

An underrated part of his game is his passing. Jordan showed great vision in the half court and in transition. 

Around the basket, Jordan rebounded at a high level and pinned shots off the backboard. 

There wasn’t much that he didn’t do for the generals on Saturday. Look for Jordan to continue to rise up rankings over the next year. 


Karris Bilal explodes for 27 points

Vanderbilt signee Karris Bilal popped off for 27 points to lead Sandy Springs (GA) Riverwood.

Bilal has been a high-level scorer since his days as an underclassman, Saturday saw more of Bilal’s quality shotmaking. 

The 6-foot-1 guard is one of the best pure shotmakers in the Peach State, and that was apparent at Battle in the Peach. Whether it was off the catch, off the bounce, while drifting, or with a hand in his face, Bilal hit shots consistently. 


A battle of bigs 

2025 C Mekhi Ragland led Berkmar in a win over Osborne. The 6-foot-10 big man is a big-bodied anchor down low, but he plays with skill and IQ.

Ragland has a skillset that borders on point forward territory. He’s not a player that will create off the bounce, but a team can utilize him as a way to get paint touches and as a playmaker on the block. 

Ragland showed off his feel as a passer as well as his touch around the basket. He has tremendous feet. 

Elsewhere in this matchup,Hakeem Weems had an active day defensively for Marietta (GA) Osborne. Long, intense and athletic, Weems blocked shots and generally created havoc on that end of the floor for the Cardinals. 

Weems racked up blocks throughout the afternoon and showed progress offensively. 

With some added weight and continued development, he should continue to track to be a name for coaches to check in on. 


More quick hitters 

Prolific Prep was the main event. I covered them on Friday, you can find that story here

2025 five-star Caleb Wilson exchanges proverbial blows with Isaiah Evans for a stretch. Wilson ended his night with 

Jullien Cole had an eye-catching game with Snellville (GA) Shiloh. Cole left his mark early as a rebounding wing presence. As the game progressed, he kept scoring from different parts of the floor and ended with 21 points. Cole plays physically and with an edge that should have D1s ringing his line. Cole was particularly good at finishing at the rim on Saturday. 
2024 G Mike White flexed his passing vision and acumen for Lilburn (GA) Berkmar. White has tremendous feel as a distributor. He sees the floor better than most in Georgia’s senior class. 

Josh Tec

Josh Tec is a Georgia State graduate with a degree in journalism. Tec aspires to work in basketball media as his career continues. At Georgia State, he graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and was recognized as a leader in the classroom. Outside of basketball, Tec loves movies and perpetually seeks out his next favorite film.