Posted On: 07/20/18 12:13 PM

Best of the South, presented by Hoopseen ramped in earnest Friday with hundreds of college coaches on hand.  Players had settled in to their weekend residence and sleep was apparently restful.

Many of the expected stars shone and a few new faces dotted the radar.  Friday in the second LIVE period is wildly important and most of the evaluations are picking up.

Take a look at which players played the best in the spotlight of Lakepoint Sports Complex.


2019 PG Damion Baugh (Team Thad 17u)

The improvement of former Cane Ridge High guard Damion Baugh in the last six months has been nothing short of miraculous.  Speedier than most 6-foot-0 guards, Damion gets up the floor in problematic bursts.  He also has the quickest hands on the court most games.  Baugh just picked up a Texas offer and he could easily add 5 more in the next two weeks.  He is playing wonderfully on a very visible Team Thad 17u team.

2019 PG Keyshawn Collier (Ensworth/Pro One Select 17u Navy)

Collier is a guy that routinely deffered last winter for Ensworth.  His pormise is starting to become more apparent.  Collier, like Baugh, looks the part of a tall point guard.  He changes directions well and sees the floor comfortably.  The one holdup with Collier is his lateral movement.  He still can’t keep quick point guards in front of him.  That has to change to maintain the potential he hints at.

2019 Wing D.J. Jeffries (Team Thad 17u/Olive Branch (MS)

D.J. Jeffries always looks relaxed.  The way Jeffries finishes in tight spaces just demonstrates how incredible his basketball sense is.  He sees gaps in the defense and finishes the ball quickly.  Jeffries is a great outside shooter, but Thad 17u has plenty of those.  They tried him out on the low blocks and facing a seven-footer in Balsa Koprivica he thrived.

2019 G KyKy Tandy (Team Thad 17u)

The Kentucky kid KyKy is playing fantastic in the last year.  His former forced shots are a thing of the past.  Teammates on Team Thad are getting the best version of Tandy.  His quick first step is magical.

2021 WG Jamal Anderson (Memphis Bulls 15u)

Jamal is 6-foot-5 and strong for 15u.  He needs better handle to wind up as a college wing.  Still, his impressive physique and emotional investment suggest the needed adjustments are just around the corner.  Anderson rebounds inside his area on defense.