ATLANTA, Ga. -- Day 2 of the Holiday Hoopsgiving was just as loaded as Day 1 and we got a chance to see some of day 1's studs play again along with a few teams who got to play their first game on Day 2. This will be an event that Next Up Recruits attends EVERY year for the foreseeable future. The combination of hospitality and talent is among the best in the nation.
Here's what we saw:
Westlake’s combo of Jamie Lewis and Chuma Okeke is lethal
There was not a better combo of players in the gym at any point this weekend than Westlake’s duo of 2017 F Chuma Okeke and 2018 PG Jamie Lewis. Chuma is a stud combo forward that can literally do it all. He is money in the mid-range area and lead a press that had to have forced 7-8 turnovers in a row. Jamie is a shot maker who is at best with the ball in his hands. He hit countless shots throughout the weekend and established himself as one of the best players in Georgia’s 2018 class.
There is much to be said about Wendell Carter
While he didn’t play the best game in the world, Wendell Carter fouled out at the beginning of the 4th quarter with a statline of 20 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He impacts the game in so many ways and his development of a jumpshot is noticeable. We’re not ready to crown him the best player in 2017 yet but it’s become a clear two-horse race between Wendell and DeAndre Ayton, and we will continue to consider them 1A and 1B.
Greenforest Christian is LOADED
We touched on Ikey Obiagu yesterday and as the highest ranked played on the team, he gets a lot of the press. Make no mistake, Greenforest has players aplenty. Muhammad Abdusalom is an absolute stud big man in the 2018 class and Bay Bay Iyiola is fast improving on offense. Precious Ayah, Justin Forrest, and John Ogwuche are severly underrated players and all will be very good college players when they get there. This team plays hard and fast and will be very tough to beat.
Studs were aplenty again on Day 2
2016 C Udoka Azubuike, 2016 SG Eli Wright, 2018 PG Diante Wood, 2017 F Isaiah Kelly, 2018 PF Emmitt Williams, and 2017 C Ikey Obiagu all shined on day 2 of Holiday Hoopsgiving.
Udoka Azubuike is an absolute force who played though a nasty ankle injury and almost borught the house down a few times, literally. Eli Wright filled it up when he was in the game, scoring in a variety of ways. Diante Wood is a versatile guard out of Sacred Heart (AL) who shined in spurts Saturday, showing his immense long-term potential. Isaiah Kelly provided Pace Academy (GA) with a scoring punch as Wendell Carter was double and triple teamed throughout their game against Westlake. We think Emmitt Williams has a chance to be the next Bam Adebayo. Their games are very similar and Emmitt Williams has a chance to be a top 10 player in 2018 by the time its all said and done. Ikey Obiagu might not be the best shot blocker we’ve ever scouted, but he is certainly up there.
There were many stud unsigned seniors in the gym
The most notable storyline on Saturday was just how many good unsigned seniorsin the gym. Will Washington, Clifton Powell, Jordan Bowden, Darius Hicks, Justin Miller, and Lance Thomas were all very good on Saturday and should see their recruitment rise as a result of their stellar play so far this season. We will have more on these players as their recruitment begins to develop.