#GBCALive: #TerryTalks Bama Boys In GA
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Several Alabama teams made their way over to GA to participate in the #GBCALive event on Sunday. Here are a few of the guys from Bama that ‘repped’ the home state… Caleb Holt Caleb Holt 6'5" | SG Buckhorn |…
Several Alabama teams made their way over to GA to participate in the #GBCALive event on Sunday. Here are a few of the guys from Bama that ‘repped’ the home state…
All Caleb has done since winning the state championship is help Team USA win gold and elevate himself in Alabama as the #1-ranked player regardless of class. With a buzz on Saturday at #GBCALive that he would be playing on Sunday, many were looking forward to seeing him take the court. Spectators were not disappointed as Caleb showed freakish athleticism, speed and quickness off the bounce, and explosiveness at the rim. He is a dynamic playmaker that is physically dominant and combines his unrivaled athleticism with his ever-increasing skill level. Caleb can get his own shot off the dribble at any moment and has a nice mid-range game using his size and quick ability to elevate to create space for his shot. As potent of a scorer as Caleb is, I am starting to see and think that the best part of his game is his unselfishness and his ability to set up his teammates with his elite passing skills. Overall, coaches who have a chance to coach Caleb are finding out that the wisest thing to do is to give him the ball and let him dictate every offensive possession.
DeWayne has emerged in the Prep Hoops Alabama rankings as the #2-ranked player in his class, and if rankings were dropping today, there is a good chance that he would be sitting in the #1 spot. He continues to develop and show that he is an athletic yet mobile center with good size. In Hoover’s first match-up at the #GBCALive, DB found himself matched up against(Kell HS), and I was shocked at how small Peyton made DB look, yet DB had a strong performance against one of the top 100 prospects in the country. He has added some tools to his post-up game, and his footwork continues to emerge into shades of a high-profile interior player. He was not afraid to work against Peyton with his back to the basket, and his mobility actually gave Peyton problems. With the playmakers that Hoover has at the guard spot, DB was effective when standing in the dunker spot to receive passes, which he finished above the rim often. He is very dominant on the glass, and he made his presence felt on defense. He is a player that will not back down when things get physical in the paint.
One of the most finesse bigs I saw throughout the weekend was Caleb. He has improved his mobility along with his agility and is moving better in the paint. He had several spin moves on the baseline that left defenders chasing. He showed a lot more in the toolkit on Sunday, and his stock is rising as a result. He showed his offensive versatility with his ability to space the floor with the trey ball and his ability to put the rock on the floor and create off the bounce. His versatility includes his play in ball-screen action, as he is a major threat that can pop with his shooting skills and roll with his ability to catch and score in traffic. He has really good touch in the paint and around the rim and is an excellent finisher when he finishes dump-offs from the dunker position. With his interior teammatecoming on strong and poised to play a significant role this year, Caleb is finding himself able to step out onto the perimeter a little more and play in space. He should get some good opportunities to increase his production beyond the paint more this year than he has been able to in previous seasons.
Jacoby is one of the state’s most potent and proficient scorers, as seen in the final four last year. He showed that scoring prowess at #GBCALive, but his intentional play of getting his teammates involved stood out the most. It was good to lay eyes on Jacoby as I missed him at the Jay Bilas Skills Camp, which he missed due to an illness. His ability to create for others and distribute the rock on time and on target impressed me. He was very vocal and encouraging to teammates, and it has me believing that he knows he is going to need every player on the squad in order for his squad to get back to the BJCC and finish what they could not accomplish last year. Overall, Jacoby is the caliber player that doesn’t always need plays drawn up for him to be effective, as he thrives in transition and can turn nothing into something when the ball is in his hands.
Jay is a rising sophomore whose stock has been rising over the past year. He maneuvered and adjusted his way through his freshman campaign and is a more mentally mature lead guard as a result. While at the #GBCALive, he picked up an offer from the University of Chattanooga, and he now holds two offers, including FIU. He has a strong build and plays on or off the ball but is at his best breaking defenders down with the dribble and getting his own offense or making plays for others. He plays through contact off the bounce and when finishing in the paint and at the rim. He is a tricky player to stay in front of due to his handles and ability to get an advantage using his low center of gravity and solid build to put the defender on his hip. He makes high-end decisions with the ball, all while keeping defenders on his hip. He has a good balance between facilitating and scoring and plays with a nice rhythm and pace. He passes and finishes with either hand, and when he gets in the paint, he sprays with either hand, or he avoids shot-blockers by getting shots on the rim with a soft touch with either hand. Overall his PG IQ is beyond his years, and he continues to develop into a PG that coaches at the next level see promise in, which is why they are pulling the trigger and offering.
Justin had a great showing at the #GBCALive as he impacted the game in areas on and off the stat sheet. It is evident that Grissom will go this year as Justin takes them. He has played behind some high-profile players, and now that they have all moved to the next level, it is his time to step up and be the alpha leader. He showed he is a selfless playmaker who can get the ball up the court in transition and sees plays develop early in the half-court. He orchestrates and provides scoring and is the unquestionable floor general. He plays at a nice pace and is a downhill attacking guard with solid body control and leaping ability when he gets in the paint and at the rim. He is quick with the ball and stays under control when picking up speed, which I overheard some coaches talking about as they were breaking down his game. He drives well and attacks going both left and right, and finishes off two feet in the paint. There is no questioning his toughness and leadership, and he will need touches for Grissom to accomplish their goals, as Grissom will go as far as he takes them this year.