Atlanta-– After the country paused for three months due to Covid-19, the National Hoop Series took a series of precautions and procedures to bring basketball back to Atlanta. And after Saturday’s action, it was safe to say the kids were ready to play. Let’s take a look at the top players from Day Two.
6’5 F Hyland Thomas 2023 Rome Hs
*Star Alert* Class was in session for Hyland Thomas and he gave out lessons after lessons. Thomas was excellent in the post and even better with his midrange. He is a very smart player and uses his size to create space, and his footwork to get easy looks at the basket. Very dynamic in pick and roll situations and is not afraid to pull the trigger behind the line. Moves like a gazelle in the open space, good speed and plays under control. With more work, Thomas has the potential to be one of the top players in the state as he progresses.
PG Jessy Amirouche 2022 Sprayberry HS
Amirouche was deadly from the 3 point range all day on Saturday. He showcased his on-ball defense, forced turnovers, and solid in transition for T.R.U Elite. He has a good understanding of the game and can set the tempo. He will be someone to keep an eye out this season for Sprayberry.
G/F Quinton Parter JR 2022 Roswell HS
Quinton Parter Jr was solid down the stretch for T.R.U Elite with his athleticism and strong hands in the pant. Very solid rebounding the ball on both ends of the court. Very active around the rim for easy put backs. Look for him to have a strong showing for Roswell.
6’4 SF/PF 2022 Cam Bleshoy Pope HS
Cam Bleshov was a straight go-getter in the paint. He understands how to use his length to get by defenders and finishes strong in the paint. Great footwork in the post, and has enough low post moves to outsmart his defenders. With his skill set and size he may have a breakout year for Pope High School.
G Scott Neal 2020 Douglas County HS
Neal was fun to watch in the open space. He understands how to use his speed and strength to create space to score or uses his court vision to find open teammates. Very strong on-ball defender, Neal has quick hands and great defensive instincts.
G/F Eli Ibrahim 2023 Great Baptist Academy
Ibrahim was consistent from behind the 3pt line and understands how to find his spot in transition. Nice consistent stroke and is almost automatic anytime with the ball in his hands. Will be a volume scorer for Great Baptist Academy.
SF Kaden Swope 2023 Heritage HS
Swope was solid playing in the lanes and forcing turnovers. In transition he made defenders pay if they did not get back in time. Very consistent with his 3pt shot. He will be a key player on defense for Heritage HS.
PG Michael James 2020 South Aiken HS
James was solid all day long for the Future Stars. He used his uncanny ability to sneak past defenders and get into the lane for easy layups. He averaged 14 ppg and 4 assist this season for South Aiken High School.