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Posted On: 01/15/18 3:51 PM
Wheeler (GA) demolished the Summit Spartans Monday afternoon, 83-51.
The high intensity pressure of Wheeler rattled a senior-led Summit team. During the decisive second quarter Summit coughed up many turnovers. It was a 21-10 quarter for Wheeler.
These notes unveil how the key players and leaders performed during the final day of the Music City MLK Classic.
The best player all day was certainly unsigned E.J. Montgomery (Auburn decommit). The Wheeler starter used incredibly soft hands to finish around and above the rim. He projects a high major player, with NBA potential. Montgomery, formerly a timid shy big has grown into a team captain with boundless confidence.
Despite the blowout loss, Demontay showed well. The lanky forward provided the only consistent Spartan scoring in the first half. The Illinois State signee drew E.J. Montgomery away from his comfort zone in the lane and knocked down several difficult mid-range jumpers. This is the future of Dixon. In the Missouri Valley Conference, Dixon will thrive with those face-up shots. Even with significant weight training he will always be a relatively light frontcourt threat. Shooting and that soft touch will carry him further than his ability bang and bruise. Dixon finished with 20 points and three steals.
It was a tough afternoon for the senior point guard. He was constantly swarmed by Wheeler’s guards. The length of Wheeler really made swing passes and crosscourt options difficult. Lewis committed eight turnovers.
Wheeler’s starting wing glided around the floor. He truly appeared to be a MM-MM+ wing. Younger told @PrepHoopsTN he is hearing from Virginia and Butler, but the offers he is considering are Florida-Gulf Coast and Winthrop.
These are the kind of games that simply move too fast for the talented freshman. With more AAU competition he will speed up his mind and body, the latter of which is still growing. Stringer struggled to have any impact on the game early largely because the defense instigated contact and sped up the Spartans.