The July live period is always a hectic but fun few days where there is a lot of ball to be seen. Today was one of those days with the morning session being the end of the Live Summer Festival and the afternoon marking the start of the Best of the South. Here are a few notes from the day that was:
- Zion Williamson was the story of the day with the performance that he put on against E1T1. A physical force, nobody could stop him from getting to his dominant left hand in the paint and he finished everything around the rim, including a number of high flying dunks that he has become known for.
- E1T1 point guard Nick Honor validated my praise in last night’s notebook by hitting some big threes, including the game winner to lift E1T1 over South Carolina Supreme.
- Da House 2018 forward KJ Williams (pictured) continued his hot play. The rebounding machine has all the tools it takes to be a special player and will quickly become a mid major priority recruit. He has added offers from Middle Tennessee, Murray State, and Troy over the course of the last 24 hours to add to an offer from Southeastern Louisiana. His offer list will surely grow during and after BOTS.
- Nike Team Florida 2019 point guard Kyle Sturdivant had a fantastic showing to open BOTS. The strong bodied guard does what he has become known for: got to the rim and finished everything in the paint. He also showed that he can be a very tenacious defender. He has established himself as a notable player on the national scene. USC, Texas A&M, and Florida State are all in on the Norcross (GA) guard.
- AC Georgia 2018 shooting guard Brandon Thomas boosted his stock in my book today. The shooter has proven that he can score in a variety of ways and be the primary scoring option on a team against good competition. He has converted on a number of tough shots all weekend and has the size and abilities to be a solid mid major option. Mid and low majors will want to check him out the rest of the weekend at BOTS.
- SR1 All Stars had some very notable play this morning. Their 16U squad has a very intriguing 2019 lead guard in Earl Smith. The long lefty guard was effective shooting the ball from three and can set the table for a team to run their offense while playing with good pace. The 17U SR1 squad had the morning crowd buzzing with their abilities above the rim. Arturro Bingham and Cameron Woodall both are players to watch for the Mississippi bunch.
- 1Family combo guard Zach Scott put on a very noticeable shooting performance against South Carolina Supreme. In a game that pitted Zion Williamson & Nassir Little, Scott stole the show, knocking down five second half threes and making it look effortless in the process. He holds offers from Pitt, Virginia Tech, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Florida Gulf Coast among others.
- Don't be surprised if you see high major programs checking out Georgia Stars wing Rashun Williams for the rest of the weekend after a showing that displayed his slashing and athletic abilities. When in combination with his size and motor, he should see some added interest very soon.