Atlanta– The GBA National Hoops Series, brought a lot of athleticism to the Georgia International Convention Center. Not only were these players showcasing their athletic ability, but they were also doing the dirty work that coaches love. Let’s take a look at our key contributors from Session I.
SF 6’0 Xavier Singleton 2024 Brookwood High School
Xavier Singleton was wired all weekend long and played with intensity on both ends of the court. He was a “busy body” whether it was diving for loose balls or drawing the charge, Singleton found ways to be involved with the play. He is very athletic in the open court and finishes strong under duress. One of our favorite players to watch and each week he keeps improving. Singleton has good upper body strength and has no problems scoring in traffic. Look for him to make an immediate impact at Brookwood High School.
F 6’2 Ethan Gallagher 2023 Milton High School
Gallagher was a true competitor and his toughness will never be questioned. He is a hard nose defender and is not afraid of contact. Gallagher will roll up his sleeve and do all the things on the floor that coaches love, and his opponents hate. Very solid rebounding the basketball and reminds you of Draymond Green with his grittiness. Once Gallagher develops and becomes more confident on the offensive end, he will be an even more dangerous player. Look for him to be the enforcer at Milton High School this season.
F 6’4 James McGriff 2024 Wesleyan High School
McGriff three-point shooting ability was tearing up his opponents all weekend long. Very smooth shooting motion, and it seems as the ball just splashes through the net every time McGriff shoots. Wesleyan High School will be dangerous in transition using the skillset of McGriff this season.
G/F 6’1 Mason Bennett Cherokee 2023 High School
Mason Bennett was solid for Wood Elite Skillz Training, with his all-around game. Very efficient on the offensive end, and made plays with the basketball when needed. He is a volume scorer and has good instincts playing the defensive end.
F 6’4 Michael Pace 2024 Mount Pisgah
Pace put up numbers in bunches and was solid inside for Double Trouble. Has good athleticism and a strong rebounder.
G 6’1 O’Reilly Matthews 2023 Ringgold High School
Matthews was a clutch performer for the PTC Thunder and made big shot after big shot when his number was called. He was a pain for zone defenses with his outstanding range and has the ability to sneak into the lanes to get easy baskets.
G 5’10 DeLeon Petty 2022 Ooltewah High School
Petty was full throttle all weekend long and was unstoppable in fast-break situations. Very strong with the basketball, Petty had no trouble finishing plays in traffic. On defense Petty was one of the better on-ball defenders in the tournament, using his quickness and strong hands to force steals.