We will soon publish stories about the greater Augusta, Georgia, area's fine teams who were eliminated before this weekend's Final Four state tournament round, including the Aquinas Fighting Irish and the Westside Patriots.
Aquinas faced a particularly difficult task in its Elite Eight loss to Class A's #2 ranked Whitefield Academy. In addition to future University of Georgia Bulldog Kenny Gaines, Whitefield features 6'7" sophomore forward Lorenzo Carter. Carter, the subject of this edition of "Closer Look" was first brought to our attention by "On the Radar Hoops" director Shun Williams. Williams is one of the most informative basketball people around, and his website (ontheradarhoops.com), his Facebook page, and his Twitter account (@OntheRadarHoops) are all worthy of being bookmarked by basketball players and fans.
Georgia is loaded with impressive sophomores and the Augusta area is the home base for one of the country's premiere 16 and under (consisting of players from the class of 2014) AAU spring and summer basketball teams, the Georgia Stampede. Michael Scott, Ahmed Hill, and Jakeenan Grant, all of whom have been featured in Augusta Basketball Report highlights and stories all play for the Stampede, which is coached by Augusta basketball veterans Michael Stokes and Matt Scott.
The Augusta Basketball Report and On the Radar Hoops are planning a more in depth look at the impressive class of 2014, including some of these greater Augusta, Georgia, area players. The video above features Whitefield's Lorenzo Carter, whose Wolfpack will face Athens Christian Saturday at 12:45 in the Class A state tournament championship game.