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adidas Xplosion top performers: Part I

adidas Xplosion top performers
7, Dec 2015

adidas Xplosion top performers: Part I

MARIETTA, GA -- It was a full day of basketball at Wheeler High School on Saturday. We look back at the top overall performers from the event. Here is part one of our report.

Deaundrae Ballard, SG, Southwest Atlanta Christian, JR: We’ve talked about Ballard’s efforts quite a bit this season on the site and he was the guy that all of the college coaches were talking about on Saturday. Ballard scored in a variety of ways and made it look oh-so-pretty. The 6-foot-5 junior was 11 of 15 from the floor, grabbed 10 rebounds, only missed one free throw and had only one turnover. Florida’s Mike White and Alabama’s Avery Johnson were on hand to see him play. So were assistant coaches from Stanford, Georgia, Auburn and Iowa State.

Greenforest team: It is hard to pick out just one player for the Eagles as the top performer. It was a total team effort, neutralizing the No. 1 player in America Wendell Carter. Greenforest’s length took away a clean entry pass to Carter and pushed his offense away from the paint. Credit the guard play of Justin Forrest and John Ogwuche to getting things going early. The effort from Victor Enoh in the second half was clutch. And we haven’t even talked about the improving offense of Ikey Obiagu and Bebe Iyola. Obiagu had two gorgeous jump hooks over Carter and Iyola is one of the most improved players in the loaded 2017 class in Georgia.

Darius Perry, G, Wheeler, JR: The book on the 6-foot-2 combo guard is this – can hit three-pointers, will defend like there is no tomorrow. That played out in a rivalry win over Walton. Perry scored 20 points and handed out four assists in the game. Virginia Commonwealth was on hand to see him and offered him after the viewing. Coaches from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa State and Georgia State were also on hand to see Perry – one of Georgia’s top prospects in the 2017 class – in action.

Collin Sexton, G, Pebblebrook, JR: Looking over the notes from the track meet game between St. Francis and Pebblebrook, it was pretty evident of the value Sexton brought to the table. He finishes everything in the paint. And these shots weren’t easy. The game was back-and-forth, heightened in excitement and full of talent on the floor. When called upon, Sexton delivered, scoring 27 points in the second half. The 6-foot-1 junior finished with a game-high 39-points and was 10 of 11 in the paint and 11 of 13 from the foul line.

Romello White, PF, Wheeler, SR: On a day that was dominated by guards, the future Georgia Tech big man was the best big man performer of the busy day of hoops. The 6-foot-9 paint eater finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds in a rivalry win over Walton. White continues to improve in the paint and uses his size well at the prep level, eating up boards. Everything came easy for White and opened things up for his frontcourt mate Al-Wajid Aminu, who also played well.

Carter Wilson will roll out the second half of our top performers from the adidas Xplosion later today on HoopSeen.com.


Justin Young
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Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of HoopSeen.com since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for Rivals.com and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series. 

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