Elite Preview: Team 8 Breakdown

Drue Drinnon dribbles 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

 

Wendell Carter, PF, Pace Academy, 2017: When you watch the best of the best at this stage of their prep career, you want to see what else they have up their sleeves. With Carter, the Elite Preview was a chance to see his passing ability. There were several instances where he grabbed the rebound, turned his head, saw a teammate going hard in transition and threw the pass ahead like Kevin Love. On the defensive end, Carter shined as a shot-blocker and physical presence in the paint. Carter is one of the toughest rebounders in America on both sides of the ball. Simply put, enjoy watching this elite big man over the next two years in Georgia. - JY

Drue Drinnon, PG, East Jackson, 2018: I have been a big fan of the young PG from East Jackson since the summer.  There is no doubt he is one of the top players in the state and a name on the national level for his class right now.  He did not disappoint at the Preview and his knack for scoring the ball is fun to watch and coach.  I am looking forward to seeing this young guard develop the next few years.  If he continues to improve, develop, and add pieces to his game, you can expect him to be an elite player in his class when he heads to college. - WN

Makhai Eastmond, PG, Wheeler, 2016: There are two things about the 5-foot-10 floor general that I really like - his head is on a swivel and he takes pride on the defensive end of the floor. Eastmond has faced every elite level guard there is in the state and he's a battle-tested floor guy. There isn't a lot of sexy to his game, just efficiency. He's undervalued when it comes to his strengths noted above. - JY

Iman Holley, SG/SF, Tift County, 2016: Holley is a big, athletic wing that showcased his athleticism at the Elite Preview. Holley was one of the camp’s best defenders, showing the ability to defend positions 1-3 effectively. He also was effective on offense, especially in transition, where he can finish well above the rim. Not overly well known in the state, he earned his stripes and opened some eyes on this day with a few  people talking about his lock down abilities. - CW

PJ Horne, F, Tift County, 2017: Horne came into the Elite Preview as a known commodity to some and a mystery to others who may not be as familiar with South Georgia hoops. Despite being an undersized forward, Horne was strong on the block and extended his game out to the perimeter as well. He also displayed his athleticism in transition, throwing down a couple of dunks and getting a lot of “ooh’s” along the way. Despite being known as a smaller post player, he also showed glimpses of small forward skills in drills, being able to take defenders one-on-one and put the ball on the floor. - CW

Joshua Jackmon, PG, Miller Grove, 2017: This shouldn't come as a big surprise here - a Miller Grove player shined as a defender. He's been raised up at MG to take pride on defense and stepped up to the challenge inside and out. Jackmon did a fine job of crashing the boards and using his strength to his advantage. He's stronger than most at his age group and that serves him well on the defensive end.- JY

Christian Keeling, SG, Laney, 2016: Keeling got the day started against teammate Colin Young in drills, a matchup that he should be used to seeing every day in practice. When the games started, Keeling was quietly very effective. He scored the ball well at Elite Preview from different levels of the floor, including shooting it well from deep. While some eyes may have been focused on bigger names, Keeling flew under the radar as one of the better scorers on the day. - CW

Travion Lamer, SF, Jenkins, 2017: Lamar was one of the toughest players to defend. He's big, strong, and unique as a forward. He was good as a rebounder and could spell positive minutes at the four position if needed to be. Lamar is very unique. His position may not be relevant. His production is. Lamar finds ways to make positive basketball plays. Don't be surprised to see him become one of the top dogs in the 912 area code next high school season - JY

Jordan Lyons, SG, McIntosh, 2016: It’s no secret that Lyons is one of the best scorers and shooters that we currently have in the state of Georgia, so it’s not a shock when he comes out scoring the ball well, which he did. However, Lyons earned the praise of the coaches at Elite Preview for his understanding of the game and willingness to listen. He was also touted as one of the toughest players in camp. Combine the elite scoring ability that Lyons continues to show with the coachable and toughness qualities that he possesses, and you have the makings of a special player.  - CW

Chris Parks, PF, Lanier, 2018: Built like a defensive end, Parks is a bully for his age group. At camp, he liked to face up more on offense and show off the midrange jumper. He'll be best served finding his inner-bully and punishing teams on the low blocks as he moves onto the 15U circuit with the Georgia Stars. - JY

 

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