The 2016 Best of the South is in the books and as we look back on the event, we wanted to highlight the top performers from the field. We begin to roll out our staff’s top picks from the 17 and under division of the #BOTS. This is part II of the reports.
Evan Cole, PF, Atlanta All-Stars, 2017: Want to talk about a stock boosting performer? Not only did Cole help lead his team to the BOTS finals within the 17-under platform, but he also became one of the most talked about names during the four day event. He pops his blue collar with an added emphasis as the Peach State native is a physical enforcer down low and a maverick on the glass. Deceptively athletic at the basket, Cole finished with authority, ran the floor with a purpose, and wasn't timid again bigger foes. Furman and Wofford are just two of the perceived leaders for the rising senior, a prospect that is far from his basketball ceiling. - Corey Evans
D.J. Heath, 2017 PG, Alabama Generals: D.J. Heath had another productive weekend, averaging 18 points per game for the Alabama Generals. The 5-foot-11 point guard showcased his ability to get to the basket and finish at the rim with ease. He can put up points in a hurry from the rim and mid-range. On the defensive end of the floor, Heath was a nightmare for opposing guards with his relentless defense and quickness. He has only helped himself this month. - Garrett Tucker
TJ Massenburg, PF/C, Southern Stampede, 2017 (pictured above): Massenburg was one of the most intriguing players in the field this season because of his ability to pick and pop as a three-point shooter all the while being a good vertical defender in the paint. Massenburg has been one of the most productive big men from the Peach State this July and strung together a good run at the Best of the South. He’s been the topic of many recruiting inquiries from college coaches to the HoopSeen recruiting hotline. The Stampede won the Best of the South in large part to team balance but when his team needed a go-to guy, the big fella from Shiloh (GA) High School delivered. He was named co-MVP of the tournament because of his body of work. - Justin Young
Kane Williams, PG, Georgia Stunners, 2017: Heading into the BOTS, Kane Williams had been an intriguing name with nice upside within the state borders of Georgia. Intrigue still remains but current day production is in line with the prospering 6-foot-3 lead guard. While he has been knocked in the past for his inability to make jumpers, the rising senior showed off much improved mechanics on the mid range attempt along with range now extended out to beyond the arc. Graced with a strong physique and excellent passing skills, Williams was heavily watched by a plethora of the top mid major programs throughout the south and was able to leave with a new offer in hand from Georgia State. - Corey Evans