Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fall League Preview: Week One Standouts Meet in Week Two

***See the schedule for Saturday, August 24, at the bottom of this page***

The first week of Fall League play featured impressive play by many of the area's top high school basketball players.  Aquinas standout Ahmed Hill, Georgia's best player according to ESPN.com, dazzled the crowd at Grovetown High and led his Warriors squad to two impressive victories.  Not to be outdone, the young, athletic, and deep Clippers sprinted out to a 2-0 start to league play behind the leadership of Laney underclassmen Zep Jasper, Collin Young, Jashawn Brooks and others.  And after much attention was given to the talented Blazers squad in advance of its opening game versus the Hornets, Evans senior Patrick Lawrence and his scrappy and unselfish teammates silenced the hype with a win against the Blazers to enter week two undefeated.

But one thing is certain.  Not all of these teams will escape week two unscathed.  The Clippers and the Warriors will square off in a much anticipated game at 11AM at Evans High.  The size, athleticism, and maturity of the Warriors have thus far made them seem very difficult to stop.  In addition to the 6'4" guard Hill, the Warriors have a huge front line anchored by 6'6" senior Tamyrick Fields.  Fields has transferred from Hephzibah to Aquinas, and he looks poised to finish his high school career well.  During week one, he dominated on the glass, finished in transition, and even made several jump shots.

But the Clippers sport a deep and dynamic backcourt.  Laney sophomores Zep Jasper and Collin Young were impressive during week one.  Young scored from deep and attacked the basket effectively.  Jasper is always under control and finds opportunities for himself and others, like sharpshooter Jashawn Brooks and the athletic forward Jervon Walker.  And if the Clippers are able to get past the Warriors, the Hornets, led by Lawrence and fellow Evans guard Kameron Mason, will look to play spoiler again in the 3PM showdown at Evans High.

The Warriors will also face a tough test in the Lakers, an athletic and scrappy team with great chemistry.  Will the Warriors continue to roll over Fall League opponents?  Will the Clippers take command of the top of the standings?  Will the Hornets continue to spoil the plans of its talented opponents?  Let us know what you think in the comment section.  And come see for yourself at Evans High school this Saturday.

We'll see you in the gym!
Fall League Schedule - Saturday, August 24

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