The first Georgia Fall Preview camp of the season is in the books and our staff had a lot to chew on after a terrific Sunday of basketball at Suwanee Sports Academy. We polled our staff and our coaches on who the top overall performers were from the event. This is our first round top performers.
Matthew Cleveland, 2021, SG/SF, Pace Academy: It’s been a nice couple of days for Pace wing Matthew Cleveland. First the invite to the USA camp next month, then an unofficial visit to Auburn University, and now he claims honors as one of our top performers. As a scorer, he continues to progress as he unlocks new ways to twist and contort his body on finishes. There's a noticeable uptick in his approach to rebounding as well as he stretched far and wide for some out of area attempts. Although his approach was unbuttoned at times, there was no denying that he was the most gifted player on the court at all times. As the accolades and high major programs continue to follow, his trajectory is still aimed towards the sky. - Tai Young
Amaree McGriff, 2020, PF, Lanier County HS: If a forward is named as a top performer in a camp then chances are he scratched, clawed, and fought his way to earn that title. Despite such a guard-oriented setting, McGriff separated himself from some of his peers who's path to being recognized rest solely in their hands. McGriff's journey was different, as most of his opportunities were created by his willingness to run the lanes hard and feast on offensive rebounds. Everything was taken by force as he was the aggressor when times called for an in traffic rebound or a physical lay-in. Although there's some perimeter game to appreciate, when he locked eyes with the rim there were very few that could contain his size and strength. When thinking of story starters, McGriff fits the mold. Still seeking his first offer, McGriff has the makings of a late-blooming Division 1 talent. - Tai Young
Caleb Robinson, 2020, SF, Core4 Prep: Well, hello there Mr. Robinson. The Baton Rouge native was the biggest “Hey, who is that guy?” guy at the Georgia HoopSeen Fall Preview. The 6-foot-4 senior is a fresh face in the Peach State and he made quite the impression on the Preview stage. He’s an all-around player who is bouncy when he gets near the rim. Robinson can shoot well, score well, handle well and control the game. Robinson has a great basketball frame who showed that he can provide value at several facets of the game. As Core4 moves forward into their season and building the foundation of their program, Robinson should be a wing worth watching this high school season. - Justin Young
Chi Shannon, 2023, SG, Meadowcreek HS: It didn't take very long for me to throw a circle around Chi Shannons name as a player that I needed to follow up with. It's impressive enough for a player to be noticed in a 100+ player camp, but it's a different story when one of those players is a freshman. Changing speeds, mixing moves, and creating his own shot came naturally for Shannon as he looks to be one of the better young prospects in the state of Georgia. Time at Meadowcreek should catch him up defensively as he already has the length and quickness to be one of the better two-way players in his class. Chi Shannon is going to be a name that trends much sooner than later here in the peach state. - Tai Young
Jaden Walker, 2020, CG, Core4 Prep: The 6-foot-6 guard showed why he’s one of the top seniors in Georgia on Sunday. Walker played well and played fast. He showed off his athleticism and his finishing ability at the rim. Walker is a hard player to guard because of his size in the backcourt. He can score in a variety of ways and he can challenge defenders with his athleticism. We saw him finish in traffic and on defenders. We also saw some perimeter scoring touch that was hard to guard. - Justin Young