Beginning Sunday evening, we are posting as much information and highlights as possible about the unofficial "first weekend" of the high school basketball season in, and beyond, the greater Augusta area. ABR Live was present Saturday (November 10) at Evans High School for the Hoops preview scrimmage games, featuring some of Georgia and South Carolina's finest basketball programs. And we also observed a tournament of a different kind, the Crusader Classic in Ludowici, Georgia, featuring some of the southeast's finest "prep school" and independent school teams. Here we post stories and highlights from both events!
Grassroots basketball observers in the southeast are familiar with future UGA point guard and current Faith Baptist Christian Academy standout JJ Frazier. At 5'10" tall and 145 pounds, Frazier may not have appeared at first glance to be the player at the Crusader Classic most likely to make the biggest impact. But the lightning quick point guard with a sweet stroke and the ability penetrate and finish in the mid range over taller defenders was as valuable as anybody in the tournament.
During the past year, I have heard a person here and a person there doubt Frazier's ability to be an impact player in the SEC. I disagree wholeheartedly. Great speed and ball handling may be common among high school guards. But Frazier's ability to shoot and to make seemingly difficult shots will make him a fine addition to the Georgia squad.