As good as the Georgia Stars 17-under team is, the 16-under Georgia Stars Black squad might even have more high major prospects. One of their top prospects is 2007 combo guard Tony Neysmith. Neysmith, 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, listed six schools that are showing interest already and then named two schools that are his early favorites.
“I’m getting letters from Georgia, Memphis, Illinois, Notre Dame, Clemson, and UAB,” said Neysmith. “But right now my early favorites are Duke and North Carolina.”
“I like Coach K and how they get up and down the floor.”
“I like North Carolina cause Michael Jordan went there, and I also like Coach Williams.”
Neysmith, who runs the point for the Stars, is working hard on his game this summer.
“I’d like to get a lot stronger as I get older, and I’m also working on my shooting,” he said.
“My greatest strength is my ability to pass the ball and also getting to the basket.”
Neysmith’s father Horace Neysmith, who is the coach of the Georgia Stars Black squad, played at Massachusetts just prior to Coach Calipari’s arrival there as head coach. The older Neysmith has since developed a relationship with Coach Calipari, now at Memphis.
Coach Neysmith has been pivotal in Tony’s development as a player and his conversion to the point guard position.
“We’ve been converting Tony to a point guard,” said Coach Neysmith. “He’s been a shooting guard his whole life. Although he shoots the ball well, we are working on refining his shot.”
“He is one of the better defenders on the team because of his size and athleticism. He always plays hard, and he loves the game.”
The Georgia Stars Black squad actually had the Stars 17-under team down by 14 points in the third quarter this spring, but Mike Mercer’s strong play and the strength and conditioning of the older players prevailed in the end. The Black squad will participate in the Nike Memorial Day Classic in New Orleans along with the 17-under team.