Elite Preview: Team 6 Breakdown

Davion Thomas dunks basketball

The Elite Preview was a tremendous day of basketball at Suwanee Sports Academy Cobb. We had 80 of Georgia's best players from the class of 2016, 2017 and 2018. The camp was so good we decided to break down every player at camp. Here's an examination of Team 6 from our staff of evaluators and media.

Jalen Butler - JB
Kory Keys - KK
Winston Neal - WN
Carter Wilson - CW
Justin Young - JY

 

Amari Colbert, SG, Houston County,2017: - Players like Colbert are the perfect example of why we love the high school season and getting out all over the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-3 guard has a strong frame and uses it well. He plays hard and absorbed all of the coaching that was happening at the camp. He earned his spot into camp after his strong showing this season and jumped right into the state's biggest stage and accepted the challenge. Colbert finishes in the paint and rebounded well for a guard. - JY

Michael Durr, C, Westlake, 2017: Big Mike showed up late but did not disappoint.  The young man has the height, length, and bounce to turn MM and HM coach’s heads this spring and summer with his play.  His best attribute is that he is active in the paint on both ends of the floor blocking shots, rebounding, and finishing around the rim. His skill set is going to continue to improve and he will be a headache for opposing coaches and a priority for recruiters. - WN

Micah Johnson, PG, Tift County, 2017: First thing that jumps out is his touch to the 15 foot line. Johnson has a comfort in that area offensively. As a point guard, he did a nice job of mixing in his own scoring and weaving his teammates into the fabric of the offense. Johnson is building a foundation for two big years ahead. There was an opportunity for point guards to shine at the Elite Preview this year and he did enough to lock himself into the conversation for the rising junior class's top guys in Georgia at the Elite Preview. - JY

Isaiah Kelly, SF, Augusta Christian, 2018: Kelly has a unique distinction of any player that participated in the Elite Preview. He's the first player to move on from our elite middle school camps to the high school elite camp. That said, Kelly knew the drill of how things would play out at camp. The athletic 6-foot-5 wing stepped right in and didn't miss a beat. He was one of the most coachable players at the camp. Kelly continues to develop his perimeter skills. When it all comes together, he has a chance to be very good. The natural athleticism and size are major plusses. - JY

Isaac Kellum, SG, Fayette County, 2016: -At a camp like this, toughness will push you throughout the course of the day. The 6-foot-4 wing jumped right in to this high-level setting and didn't skip a beat. He challenged himself against the best in Georgia and fit right in. Kellum's shot was his high point on the offensive end of the floor. He has a nice stroke from the wing. We'll be watching him on the travel circuit this year. Potential sleeper here. - JY

Micah Kinsey, PG, Brookwood, 2016: Kinsey was one of the top performers that we saw this fall, and he continued his good play at the Elite Preview this weekend. Kinsey is one of the better ball handlers and distributors that we have in the 2016 class, and he showed exactly why in camp. He had the ball on a string and did a good job of finding teammates and scoring when the opportunity came his way. He was also a very sly defender, getting a lot of steals in a sneaky and coy manner, looking to pick off passes in the backcourt. He was very effective from the point. - CW

Davion Mitchell, SG/PG, Liberty County, 2017: - One of the most explosive players in the entire camp, Mitchell did what he does best - power his way to the paint and score at the rim. Built like a SEC skill position football player, Mitchell is so tough to guard at the high school level. He's powerful with his drives and puts his dribble right into the chest of his defender. Mitchell has shined at our camps and events over the last couple of years and had another great performance on Saturday. Think Tadric Jackson of Georgia Tech fame. Mitchell is very similar. - JY

Davion Thomas, PF, Columbus Northside, 2016: The young big man made the early morning ride up and proceeded to turn heads with his versatility and athleticism at the Preview. Thomas put on a show in the afternoon games rebounding and finishing above the rim.  In individual workouts he showed the ability to take other bigs off the bounce, make the 15 ft jumper, and be a matchup problem.  If the skilled Northside product can continue to put together these types of performances on a consistent basis, you can expect LM and MM coaches to blow up his phone this spring and summer. - WN

Dalvin White, PG, Norcross,2018: - One of the few freshmen in camp, White played well in the backcourt. He used his quickness to blow by defenders and drop off passes to his teammates on the wing. Defensively, White paid close attention to stopping his man. In a camp setting, it is easy to look past the defensive end but White jumped in and delivered. It will be fun to watch his development at the point over the next three years. There's a lot of talent to work with here. - JY

 

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