September 8, 2008

Georgia Hoops Showcase top perfomers

The 2008 Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase held last weekend at the Samson's Health and Fitness Center in Lithonia, Ga., was a major success.'s Justin Young breaks down the top five senior performers from the event.

Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase Top 2009 Performers
PG Brandon Barnes, Douglasville (Ga.) Chapel Hill
Barnes, the son of Georgia State head coach Rod Barnes, understood his role at the camp quite well. He was a leader both vocally and by example. He ran his team with great confidence and poise. He scored when needed, passed when he was supposed to and defended from end to end. Barnes committed to Lipscomb on Monday and should prove to be a valuable contributor for the Atlantic Sun program.
PF Cameron Baskerville, Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield Academy
With the contact period opening back up for college coaches on Sept. 6, Baskerville will certainly be a player that coaches will make it out to see. Why? He proved himself as a valuable rebounder inside and out of the paint. He scored inside at will. Baskerville's length is one of his best traits and he uses it well on both ends of the floor. He crashed the boards with a purpose and made sure he scored when he touched the ball down low.
SF Michael Calhoun, Kennesaw (Ga.) Kennesaw Mountain
The bouncy 6-foot-7 combo forward has done a fine job of using the evaluation clinics to his advantage. Calhoun loosened a number of rims at the event just like he did at the Pangos All-American camp in June. He's a fine slashing athlete with amazing spring off the floor. He's best in the open floor and when he's going to the rim. If his perimeter game develops it could unlock the door to great opportunities. A year at prep school could be a solution.
SG Brandon Reed, Powder Springs (Ga.) Whitefield Academy
Scoring is Reed's best strength and he did plenty of that on Saturday. The uncommitted senior will be a prime target for the mid-level programs that play in the NCAA tournament this fall. Reed can score from deep and at the rim very well. He's a much better athlete than he gets credit for and rebounds very well for his size. A high-academic student that always seems to play his best on the big stage, Reed will find his place with a quality college program this year.
SG Tahj Tate, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler
When it comes to raw athleticism, there might not have been a better player inside the gorgeous New Birth facility than Tate. He was one of the most explosive players in the building. Tate is a slasher supreme and looked to score at the rim every opportunity. He's a very capable ball-handler with good size and good passer. Academics are still a work in progress, he said, and that has put his recruitment on pause. Tate said he will likely make a decision in the spring.

There will be plenty more on the 2008 Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase throughout the week on Next up: Top five performers from the class of 2010. Young will also recap the camp in it's entirety, the top sleepers in the 2009 and 2010 classes as well as top performers from 2011.

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