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Austin Smith's Best of the South Friday notebook

13, Jul 2019

Austin Smith's Best of the South Friday notebook

Day two at the Best of the South in downtown Atlanta was full of high-powered performances from players from all over the country. Our Austin Smith dives deep into his notebook and recaps a busy day. Here’s what stood out the most to him. 

HEAVY HITTER: Boden Skunberg, 2020, Pentagon Schoolers 

It was clear that the North Dakota State commit came down to Atlanta with one mission. “Get Buckets.” The 6-foot-5 guard from South Dakota stood out with a massive 34-point showcase in a win over the Atlanta Timberwolves. A shooter-scorer capable of knocking down jumpers in all facets. Don’t leave him open because you’ll get burned. 

BEST DUOS

Case Roach and Justin Amadi of the Upward Stars Upstate were too much to handle in their win over Team Phoenix Elie. Roach was on fire from deep with five made three-pointers. He finished with 17 points. Amadi, one of the top big men in the tournament, made highlight-worthy plays all game including multiple blocks and dynamic dunks. 

Team Legacy earned a nice evening victory behind the play of their backcourt consisting of Charles West and Masyn Winningham. Winningham was a sniper from deep. He finished with 20 points (six three-pointers). West added a confident 19 points of his own.

Combining for 36 points was an easy task for Demetric Harden and Ny’Gel Booser of Carolina Pressure. Both guards brought the energy and effort to lead their team to a huge win over G3 Elite. They each finished with 18 points. 

NOTES FROM MY NOTEPAD

2023 PG Chase Clemons suited up with Inspire ATL’s 17U in their game against Freedom Hoops. Clemons showed confidence as a playmaker off the dribble and a shooter from the perimeter. He’s got a good feel for the game and should develop well in the years to come.

Jack Kostel, PG for the Atlanta Timberwolves, has drawn a good amount of buzz during the first two days of #BOTS19. D2 colleges including Flagler, North Georgia, Lee University, Alabama Huntsville, and Georgia College were all on hand to watch him play throughout the day. Kostel has a knack for making the correct plays as a floor general. He can knock down shots, finish at the rim, and pass using either hand. 

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