Posted On: 04/14/18 2:00 PM
These sophomores from Georgia’s class of 2016 made a huge difference for their college teams this season:
D’Marcus Simonds (Gainesville – Georgia State)– D’Marcus Simonds (pictured) had a terrific season for Georgia State. He averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game and led the Panthers to NCAA Tournament after winning the Sun Belt conference championship. Simonds was named Sun Belt Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-American honors.
Romello White (Wheeler – Arizona State)– White averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds for Arizona State this season. He redshirted his freshman year and is expected to start next season after a solid showing this year.
Kamar Baldwin (Apalachee – Butler)– The former Atlanta Celtics standout averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists for Butler this season. He led Butler to the NCAA Tournament but was defeated by Purdue in the second round.
Tyree Crump (Bainbridge – Georgia)– Crump played significant minutes this year for Georgia. He spread the floor with his elite shooting and averaged 7 points a game, including a 17 point effort in a loss to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament.
Jared Harper (Pebblebook – Auburn)– Harper solidified himself as the starting point guard for Auburn this season. The Pebblebrook product averaged 13 points and 5 assists per game and earned All-SEC honors this season. He has entered his name in the NBA Draft but will not hire and agent.
Josh Okogie (Shiloh – Georgia Tech)– Josh Okogie was very dominant this season for Georgia Tech as he averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds per game in the highly touted ACC. He went on to earn All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season. After a good showing at the 2017 USA Basketball U19 traning camp, Okogie has garnered the attention of many NBA scouts. Like Harper, he has also entered his name in the NBA Draft.
Chris Lewis (Milton – Harvard)– The Ivy League standout averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds this season for Harvard. Lewis was named all-conference this season and should be a solid four-year player for Harvard as he shows gradual improvement. Unlike his counterparts who are entering the NBA Draft, Lewis is pursuing his professional career and was selected for an internship at Facebook Headquarters this summer.
Aaron Augustin (Miller Grove – Stephen F. Austin)– Augustin controlled the tempo this season for Stephen F. Austin. He played a reserve role and averaged 4 points and 3 assists. Augustin played solid minutes for the Lumberjacks in the NCAA Tournament.
Avi Toomer (Grady – Bucknell)– Toomer averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds per game for Bucknell. Last year, he played important minutes in the NCAA Tournament as a lockdown defender. He recorded 12 minutes of action against Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jordan Lyons (McIntosh – Furman)– The former Heat Check AAU standout had a solid season for the Furman Paladins. Lyons went on to average 8 points per game and started in 8 games for the Paladins.