Dacula Basketball Tip-Off Classic 2020


Dacula Falcons 42
Luella Lions 50
Dacula Tip-Off Classic
November 24, 2020
Game Highlights

Luella was too much in the paint for host Dacula during the 2020 Dacula Tip Off Classic. Luella used its inside presence to score early and often. It also capitalized on second chance points, costing Dacula a chance at some early season bragging rights.

Both teams got some interesting pieces.

2022 6’5 Lamaryion Jordan during the 2020 Dacula Tip-Off Classic. Image by Popscout

We definitely want to get a good look at each team a few more times. 2023 #2 Lamaryion Jordan is an intriguing prospect for the Falcons. At 6’5, he’s athletic, wiry, and scored from all three levels of the court. Likes to float around and wreak havoc. For the class of 2023, he will be in the conversation. 2021 6’4 G #5 Bryce Wilson was also a defensive lock-down glue-guy for the Falcons. Big Guard U, athletic defender, high-flying CG. We like what we see out of this young man. It will be interesting to see how his recruiting develops over the course of the season.

2021 6’4 G Bryce Wilson during the 2020 Dacula Tip-Off Classic. Image by Popscout.

At the end of the day, Luella was able to keep their composure and hold on for the 50-42 win. The Lions improves to 5-0 while the falcons of Dacula slip to 2-1. Early season non-region games giving teams a chance to see who they can depend on as the season progresses.

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Grayson Captures Dacula Tip-Off Classic ‘Chip

Grayson 50 (3-0)
Archer 37 (3-1)
November 24, 2020
Dacula High School

The Grayson Lady Rams are back in the drivers seat to start the 2020-21 GA HS Girl’s Hoop Circuit. After a solid performance, going 3-0 during the Dacula 2020 Tip Off Classic hosted by Dacula High School, the Lady Rams appear to have all the pieces in place for a magical season. MVP Nadia Howard led the way, scoring 9 points while dishing out 9 assists and grabbing 8 boards. A near triple-double performance, showing the ability to put the team on her back when the going got tuff. Grayson was without head coach Robin Potter but that didn’t matter.

The transition from AAU to the high school circuit is interesting to watch. Grayson coach interacts with her player during the 2020 Dacula Tip-Off Classic on November 24, 2020. Image by Popscout.

The Lady Rams were able to hold off a very solid Archer team who have some very nice pieces in place. With book ends 2023 5’10 Taniya McGowen and 2021 6’0 PF Thailand Smith clogging up the middle, along with Soph. sensation 5’8 CG Ashanti Bryant and Senior PG 5’4 Cazia Nelson providing that much needed leadership, the Archer Lady Tigers are going to be a team to be reckoned with when it’s all said and done. Great to see programs competing at such a high level early on in the season. Keep hoopin’.

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Rockdale just different

On paper, they may not appear to have all the bells and whistles but the Rockdale Bulldogs and Head Coach Tyrone King work with what they got. And they do so very well. The style of play implemented by the Rockdale coaching staff is fun to watch. Just seeing how each player relies on one another to get it done is special. We love the chemistry, togetherness, and downright grittiness of the Bulldogs. It’s early season so it doesn’t mean that things will continue to go their way. But it’s a good start to an uncertain season. Hats off.

Rockdale starts the season 3-0 behind strong chemistry play. Image by Popscout.

The Bulldogs start the season 3-0 after defeating Forsyth Central 60-54 on November 23, 2020. #12 Mekhi Witter was named the MaxPreps Player of the Game. Everyone should get a piece of that Thanksgiving pie. You all deserved a slice. Continue to grind and stay in the lab. Continue to be special coach.

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Popscout Game of the Week

Rockdale hosts Alexander on November 23, 2020 at Rockdale High in Conyers, GA. Early season match-ups allow teams and coaches a chance to gauge their level a of play, as well as make adjustments for region play. It’s still early, but the Lady Bulldogs of Rockdale look solid and love to compete. This group is turning into a BEAST on the court. The fact that most of them played together during summer AAU ball plays huge dividends in terms of chemistry and unity among the group.

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Popscout Ones 2 Watch

We out and about this year. Not focusing on the so-called stars who feel as if they doing you a favor. We only taking a looking at those who are flying under the radar, staying humble, and appreciate your blessings. Be sure to be on your P’s and Q’s. You never know who’s watching and what they bring to the table in terms of boosting your recruitment to the next level. Everything counts when you chasing that elusive scholarship.

Elijah Chol
6’10 PF Forsyth Central
Class of 2022

Scouting Report:
Elijah is a 6’10 PF who plays football for his high school as well. The 6’10 big is still emerging on the offensive end, showing good promise and upside. We would love to see his team and coach do a better job of running sets for him and getting him involved more within the offense. He has tremendous feet, runs the floor very well, and protects the paint at all costs. He could bulk up and improve his upper body, at times a few defenders went right into his chest (as they should against shot blockers). We were very impressed with his ability to transition from one end to the next, his demeanor throughout the game, and his basketball IQ. After seeing this young man in action November 23, 2020 against a scrappy Rockdale, we feel as though he will continue to develop into a high major prospect in his class.

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The Peach State is Special

The Peach State is Special
Bro…they long and athletic in the dirty. NBA Prototypes out here family. For the State of Georgia in terms of big time talent, the best is yet to come. They play a brand of basketball that’s physically demanding (back to back Region games on Friday & Saturday), some of the top run tournaments in the country, and players who are literally looking to expose your game every chance they get.

2021 W Kowacie Reeves Jr. (Florida) gets off a shot against 2021 Kaleb Washington (Transferred to Wheeler \ Dayton-Verbal) during a 2019 match-up. These two will be top notch this season. We love what they bring to the table. Image by Popscout

Showing no mercy on the hardwood.
Some do it for the passion. Some for the recognition. But all will say for the Love of the Game. At the end of the day just your average, everyday student-athlete. Looking to get that free ride, display their skills on a big stage, and ultimately reach NBA ‘LaBron James’ status. Who wants it the most? Who’s willing to put in the effort to see it come to fruition? Time will tell.

Referees showing love out here in the dirty while still respecting their craft. ‘Preciate you. Popscout

Talent Pool runs deep
You gotta bring your A-game or run the risk of getting exposed on any given night, as the talent pool in the Peach State runs deep. Back roads out here leading to hidden gems you feel me. Generous, player friendly referees, letting kids play but still maintaining control of the game. Priceless and a craft in and of itself. You don’t get those early whistles too often, allowing for kids who train and develop their skills around the clock, to display a mouth-watering, up-tempo style of play. For HS teams who’ll reap benefits from off-season, individual player development, it doesn’t get any better than that. Who’s been in the lab the most in order to put the team on your back when we need you this season? Who wants the SMOKE?

Wheeler Head Coach Larry Thompson looks to capture another GHSA State title in 2021. Image by Popscout.

Coaching top notch
Coaches stay in the lab as well. Pulling rabbits out of their hats on the regular, having great schemes and attention to detail, but at the end of the day, letting players play their game. Nowadays, it’s a super-slippery slope finding the balance between holding your players accountable and running the risk of them checking for greener pastures. Players are considering their options at an all-time high these days. It’s added another level of degree and more on the plate of coaches all around the country.

The girls game is on the rise in the State of GA if you ask me. 2021 Carver PG Kionna “KeKe” Gaines (Clemson) and 2021 Westlake PG Raven ‘Hollywood’ Johnson (South Carolina) will make sure of that this season. Premier PG’s. Image by Popscout

Upside is Huge
As we start our sophomore year in Georgia as an ‘under the hood’ scouting service, we see a trend emerging: Long, athletic, hoopers cropping up everywhere. And that’s on both ends of the spectrum (girls and boys). They get it done out here bro’.

We’ll be out and about taking a look at how players, transitioning from the AAU circuit, are now making it happen for their high school squads. #NextManUp.

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Hoop Image of the Day

Okikiola Iriafen
6’2 Forward
Harvard Westlake (CA)
Verbal: Stanford
ESPNW Ranking: 19 Overall / 4 Position


The 6’2 Forward was impressive on West Coast Premier’s recent trip to the Peach State of GA. She displayed good mobility, nice instincts, agility, and a solid defensive presence. As a CA native, we’ve seen this young lady develop her game as a freshman at Harvard Westlake and on the AAU circuit. Standford has not only scooped up a young soldier on the court, but even a better performer off of it. Her humble personality and ability to get it done on both ends of the floor, will propel her game at the next level. Look for KiKi to be an All State CIFSS participant for the 2020-21 campaign.

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Holiday Hoopsgiving 2020

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The Holiday Hoopsgiving 2020 Thanksgiving Tournament kicks off the 2020 hoop season in the State of Georgia, with an early season eye opening day of athletic contests. Definitely a slate of marquee match-ups throughout the day. An early season barometer test indeed.

Dodgers representin’ that West


The Dodgers are back in the World Series.

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The Dodgers are back in the World Series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on October 20, 2020. Starting the best of seven game series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers haven’t won a title since 1988. It’ll be special for them to capture the crown, considering Finals MVP King James and the Lakers were able to bring home the 2020 NBA ‘Chip during the Covid-19 bubble. Now we got the Dodgers seeking their 7th World Series title. Through all this uncertainty? Yessir.

Good luck Dodger Blue.

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Takeaways from the ATL Summer Slam

ATL Summer Slam
AAU Girls Basketball
Hosted by FBC and Insider Exposure
July 24-26, 2020 Suwannee, Georgia
Suwanee Sports Academy

Two premier AAU tournaments this past week, hosted by FBC and Insider Exposure, shed some light on the ‘state’ of girls basketball in the State of Georgia and beyond. The Atlanta Summer Slam and War Games (Session 2) didn’t disappoint. There was a slew of talent from top to bottom as we came away feeling like a kid in a candy store, given the amount of content we were able to film and photograph for our archives.  While taking a look at up and coming 2025 hoopers go at it and then turn around and see 2021’s show up and out,  we came away with one conclusion fam’…

These young ladies out here playin’ just as hard as the boys!  They tuff’ too!!

FBC’s nucleus of talent is super-impressive.

 

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Virginia Tech verbal commit Brianna ‘snoop’ Turnage during the 2020 ATL Summer Slam. Popscout

 

Finest Basketball Club (FBC) probably has the best group of talent  – from top to bottom – in the country.  Definitely Top 5.  Their FBC United 17u team was unbeatable,  showing tremendous poise in both the WarGames 28.5 Atlanta and Atlanta Summer Slam.  When players like 2021 Virginia Tech commit (Verbal) Brianna Turnage (above) began to share minutes, you know your team is loaded with talent!


A few standouts from the 2020 ATL Summer Slam.

Raven Johnson
5’8 PG 2021
AAU: FBC United 17u

Westlake High

ESPN 5 Star 98 Grade
South Carolina Commit

With her style of play and the way she carries herself on the court, South Carolina pledge Raven Johnson appears to be prepping for the WNBA.  Hands down stud when she suits up for the Gamecocks of South Carolina and HC Dawn Staley in 2021-22. Raven was her dominant self on defense, ran the ball club like a veteran PG, and shows ZERO signs of slowing down.  This young lady end destination will be the WNBA fam’.

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2021 Raven Johnson licks her chops on defense during the 2020 Atlanta Summer Slam. The South Carolina commit is special.


 

MILAYSIA FULWILEY
5’7 PG 2023
AAU:  FBC United 17u
W. J. Keenan High

ESPN 5 Star 96 Grade

2023 MILAYSIA FULWILEY from South Carolina had a break-out performance.  To even see minutes as a Frosh/Soph on one of the top Girls AAU teams in the country, is impressive. Milaysia went a step further and showed that she belonged in the conversation.  If there was ever a one and done in the girl’s game or someone choosing to skip college and enter the WNBA, then it would be Milaysia Fulwiley. She dazzled the crowd with breathtaking spin moves and no-look passes.  She also got hers, pulling bow and arrows from long range and consistently making tough, athletic shots from all three levels.  This young gun is TOP 5 in the country, regardless of classification!

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If there was ever a ‘one and done’ for the girl’s side then 2023 MILAYSIA FULWILEY would be it. The image was taken during the 2020 Atl Summer Slam 07|24|20. Popscout

 


De’Mauri Flournoy
5’6 Point Guard 2021
AAU:  FBC United 17u

Carrollton High
Verbal: Vanderbilt

ESPN 4 Star 95 Grade
Ranked #17 Position / #69 Overall

You know how we feel about consistency. 2021 De’Mauri Flournoy was consistent with her game throughout both showcases.  That’s saying a lot considering the toll AAU games take, with regards to playing multiple games in one day and the wear and tear on your body. You can easily have a bad game, but she didn’t.  That also speaks volumes when you’re playing at the highest level day in and day out. True floor general with crisp, pinpoint passing, cerebral, and consistently knocks down her open shot(s).  A long-range threat who can also shake and bake with the best of them.  ESPN has her at 4-Stars, 95 Grade at the time of this post.  After a strong upcoming senior campaign, look for this young lady’s stock to rise.

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2021 Vanderbilt commit De’Mauri Flournoy is shifty with the rock. Long Range Sniper from deep. Popscout


Ta’Niya Latson
5’8 Combo Guard 2022
AAU:  FBC United 17u
Westlake High

ESPN 4 Star / 93 Grade
Ranked #5 Position / #33 Overall

Coming off a GHSA State Title Run where Westlake went 30-2 and Ta’Niya poured in 23 points to Capture the ‘Chip, this young lady hasn’t missed a beat.  She showed up and out during the WarGames ATL & Atlanta Summer Slam, playing at a high level with her super athleticism and a great feel for the game.  Being consistent with her jumper and ball handling are more and more becoming staples to her game.  Her ability to sit on defense, which is something you just don’t see every day, is one of the strongest skills that she brings to the table.  Her ability to finish off turnovers is huge – once she picks your pocket like a thief in the night!  Appears as though Ta’Niya will continue to round into form under the FBC Umbrella and Westlake High,  becoming a straight soldier at the end of the day.


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2022 5’8 CG Ty’Niya Latson is a stocking stuffer. Scores in bunches and is lock-down on defense. The ESPN 5-Star has offers from Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Popscout

Other Program Standouts:

Sydney Bowles
6’1 W 2022
AAU: Georgia Pearls
Woodward Academy High

ESPN 96 Grade – 5Star
Ranked #2 Position Rank / #13 Overall

Competitive as can be, with a game to back it up, 2022 W Sydney Bowles continues to show why she belongs in the conversation.  This young lady was special, displaying a ‘Big Guard U’ mentality.

Advanced ability to handle and manufacture shots with her size, pushes the rock for uptempo play, knocks down shots from mid-range and beyond the arc, gets to the bucket while pressuring opposing defenses to help, super smart and intelligent with her game, and just an overall problem for opposing players.  This young lady has super-stardom status written all over her game.

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2022 Sydney Bowles going into her bag during the 2020 ATL Summer Games. Image by Popscout.


Janiah Barker
6’3 F 2022
AAU: Essence

Tampa Tech Senior High

ESPN 5 Star 96 Grade
Rank:  #1 Position / #4 Overall

The marquee match-up for the day featured 6’4 South Carolina Commit Sania Feagin against 6’3 2022 F Janiah Barker.  Janiah held her own while showing flashes of greatness.  This agile scorer has a silky-smooth shooting touch and plays with such a great motor.  She was active as can be and because of her willingness to play her emotion on her sleeves, she (along with her teammates) was able to keep the game close with her competitive nature and willingness to win.  An all-around skilled player who rebounds and pushes, stops and pops, drives off the dribble, and does the dirty work needed for her team to excel. Fluid game to say the least. Very vocal on both ends of the court and really plays focused and locked in. High ceiling.

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2022 Janiah Barker is the #1 Ranked Pos. #4 Overall Player for 2022 per ESPN. The Florida native went to work during the 2020 ATL Summer Slam. Popscout


 

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Although COVID-19 is still a major part of our lives and how we rethink athletics, safeguards were in place.  FBC and Insider Exposure did a tremendous job of adhering to health guidelines and enforcing social distancing and wearing a mask.  Blessed that we were able to get a glimpse of Girls AAU Hoops in the State of GA.  Upside huge out here fam’.

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Images from the 2020 Tip Off Classic

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It’s going down in the dirty south this weekend.  The Tip Off Classic is definitely the place to be, as programs test their skills against each other during rising COVID-19 concerns.  We’ll take a look at action from the final day and bring you our thoughts on AAU hoops in the dirty south.  They hoopin’ out here fam’.

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Wheeler vs Kell – 2019 TOC Holiday Classic Highlights

Highlights from the 2019 Tournament Of Champions Holiday Classic hosted by Wheeler High (GA).

Who: Wheeler High vs Kell
When: December 27, 2019
Where: Wheeler High (GA)

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Sharife Cooper goes for 30 during TOC Classic.

Auburn commit 2020 Sharife Cooper drops a 30 sack against John Marshall during the Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic hosted by Wheeler High on December 27, 2019.  The kid scores buckets from all levels of the floor.  McEachern comes away with the 70-69 W.

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Grayson impressive during day one of TOC

Grayson continues its dominance over in State teams as they cruise past the Lithonia Bulldogs 87-66 during the Tournament of Champions hosted by Wheeler High on December 27, 2019.  Grayson is stacked from top to bottom and will be a serious (and I mean serious) contender for a GA State ‘Ship. Grayson takes on Pebblebrook today, December 28, 2019, at 7:30pm at Wheeler High. Worth the price of admission.

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Day 2 Schedule of the 2019 TOC Classic hosted by Wheeler High School.
December 28, 2019

TOC 2nd day schedule

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Lithonia takes 2019 Peach State Holiday Classic ‘Ship

2019 Peach State Classic ‘Ship
Lithonia (GA) 59 Westlake (GA) 56
December 23, 2019
Westlake High (GA)

Lithonia improves to 15-0 with a 59-56 W over Westlake High.  Eric Gaines led the Bulldogs with 17pts & 9assts. Frankelin Champion chipped in 16pts while Osiris Corker added 14pts.  Westlake was led by 6’3 So. PG Dillon Hunter 18pts, Robert Ward 16pts, and Jalen Carruth 15pts.

Lithonia Next Game:
December 27 vs Grayson (TOC Classic)

Westlake Next Game
Dec 27 – Blue Star Invitational Classic Rock Hill SC
Opponent TBD

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Popscout Chats: 2020 Shawn Smith

Newton Rams Sr. 6’1 PG Shawn Smith was in the building and chats with us after watching the Eastside vs Alcovy game on December 07, 2019.

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