Posted On: 03/2/21 2:20 PM
It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the travel season, especially in Georgia, and Sunday we got to drop in on the Double Trouble program (who’ll join forces with Atlanta Xpress this year), run by a pair of passionate brothers Charles and Michael Pack who see this venture as more than just bouncing a ball and putting in the hole.
Both the 2022’s and 2024’s were on hand, here are 5 players from the 2022 batch who made early impressions:
MJ Winter MJ Winter 6'1" | PG Mt. Pisgah | 2022 State GA , PG, Mt Pisgah
Winter has become so much more than just one of the ATL-Metro’s best defenders, when I first saw him at Peachtrrere Ridge over Christmas of 2019 he stood out for his decision-making, speed with the ball, and finishing at the basket, he’s taken all of that to the next level as he’s matured into what will be one of the area’s best PG’s and a key cog (Pisgah is still alive as of this writing in the A-Private bracket) in their 2021-22 season.
Much like Winter, the first time I laid eyes on Awoyele back in December of 2019 I was wowed by the physical gifts and basketball acumen for a young player, now having a more matured body to go with a tantalizing low post game makes him one of the summer’s real wildcards in my view, someone who at 6-7 can dominate with skill and athletic ability at both ends, he’ll combine with 2024 riser SG Luke Flynn Luke Flynn 6'0" | CG Walton | 2024 GA next year for an intriguing inside-out duo.
Tomiwa Adetesoye, CG, Chattahoochee (pictured above)
Seeing the growth just from last summer to this past weekend is a testament to both the work he’s put in plus the general development in his frame, strong and smooth with ball he can absolutely blow-by you or he can rise above you with a lot more left than we saw last year, he’ll be a monster part of the consistent winner Hooch has built (they too are still alive in the postseason as of this writing) in 2021-22 and with a big summer will see his phone light up with offers.
One of my favorite players to watch in the area, just have a respect for his inherent ability with the ball in his hands and love the aggressiveness with which he attacks a defense, right there with Winter as well for on-ball defending excellence, can really get off the deck for a guy right around the 6-0 mark and gives DT versatility to play off the ball as well because of his proficient shooting, Buford returns the likes of fellow 2022 Jaylon Taylor Jaylon Taylor 6'6" | SF Buford | 2022 State GA and 2023s London Williams London Williams 6'5" | PF Buford | 2023 State GA and Malachi Brown Malachi Brown 5'9" | PG Buford | 2023 State GA next fall, and Blackwell will be the engine yet again.
In what’s always a deep stable of guards to choose from minutes can be precious at Grayson, but each time I’ve seen McArthur he’s been excellent in showing off his traits in the time he has on the floor, love the quickness, the ball distribution, he’s got a nice touch out past the arc and absolutely goes at the basket hard (again for another guy right at the 6-0 mark), will naturally play a much bigger role in his senior season next year for a Rams team bringing back a ton of key parts like Chauncey Wiggins Chauncey Wiggins 6'9" | PF Grayson | 2022 State #51 Nation GA , Robert Cowherd Robert Cowherd 6'5" | SG Grayson | 2022 State #69 Nation GA , Tyrese Elliot, 2023 riser Chad Moodie Chad Moodie 6'7" | PF Grayson | 2023 State GA and 2024 watchlist member Gicarri Harris Gicarri Harris 6'2" | SG Grayson | 2024 GA .
OTHERS TO WATCH: Hezekiah Flagg (Norcross), Keanu Massada (Marietta)
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