Holiday Hoopsgiving Day 1 Takeaways

What a boss way to kick-start the 2020-21 GHSA HS Hoops Circuit…with some sweets of another kind. For us basketball junkies, the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving is the icing on the cake after that big Thanksgiving dinner. Players out there eating off other hoopers plates during day one on the campus of Shiloh High School. Y’all didn’t get enough to eat? The 2020 HS Holiday Hoopsgiving 2-Day Showcase gives us a preview or one might say a glimpse of what’s in store for the rest of the season: Dirty South Hoops at its finest. Showcased for those seeking a big stage. No excuses.

A look at a few stand-out hoopers from Day 1.

Jusaun Holt
Small forward 6’5” | 175 lbs
CLASS OF 2021
Alabama (Verbal)

2022 6’5 Jusaun Holt during the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving

Feisty, athletic SG who loves to work down hill. Pushed the tempo and attacked the defense whenever he got a chance. Alabama verbal commit slowly becoming one of the top players in the State of GA. His handles allowed him to create off the dribble and help carry the burden of the point. He got into the paint and finished on several occasions or would manufacture for mid-range opportunities when they presented themselves. Impressed during day one of the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving.


2021 A.J. White with the blow by during Day one of the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving

A.J. White
Point Guard 5’10” | 150 lbs
CLASS OF 2021

A.J. White will be asked on many of nights to put his team on his back…so you better get a lot of rest young man. A.J. provided that much needed leadership, wits, and offensive output at the PG position to lead Hooch to the dub. His ability to shake his defender and finish from all three levels was high major. He created magic off the dribble, finishing several times with floaters and a mid-range game that was on point. Watching film and learning from his mistakes should be a focal point of his instruction as he continues to put respect on his name. Keep hoopin’ young man.


Jabari Smith
Power Forward 6’9” | 210 lbs
CLASS OF 2021
Auburn (Signed)

Can we say league-ready, one and done? Showing skill-sets during the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving that have NBA scouts salivating at the mouth, this young man is a joy to watch. Rebounds and pushes with intent, mechanics are well polished, patient, and a team player. Defends extremely well with long wing span, moves well in traffic, threat behind the arc. Showing all the intangibles you want in a 6’10 PF at this stage in his development. Once his frame fills out…look out. Sandy Creek is in a class by itself and proved that during day one against a McEachern team missing a key piece in Arkansas commit Chance Moore. One would say next man up but missing key pieces against a power such as Sandy Creek and the #1 player in GA, is a tough pill to swallow.

Scoot Henderson
Point Guard 6’3” | 181 lbs
CLASS OF 2022

There’s just one statement to be made when you play against Kell and 2022 5 Star PG Scoot Henderson. Bring your A game. This young man in our opinion is league ready. Not too many PG’s on the table for the class of 2022 who has the complete tool set. Scoot is by far in a class by himself. He showed up and out against the #1 PG in the State of Alabama in 2021 JD Davison (Alabama) and Calhoun School, giving them a thanksgiving beat down they’ll remember for quite some time. Something about those long bus rides home after a tough road loss. Scoot was his usual self. Take no prisoner mentality, get everyone involved, play at a supreme level, and continue to develop into a one and done at the end of the day.

Bruce Thornton
Point Guard 6’2” | 195 lbs
CLASS OF 2022
Ohio State (Verbal)

Cerebral floor general who at times could have been a bit more selfish with the rock. Looked to get his teammates involved but if need be, had that uncanny ability to manufacture points when his ball club needed a bucket. We call him Mr. Pumpfake for his ability to incorporate the fake into his arsenal. He was in true form during Day 1 of the 2020 Holiday Hoopsgiving against Green Forest. Working among the trees, Bruce was able to weave his way in traffic, make solid decisions, and ultimately contribute on both ends of the floor with his on the ball defensive presence. Bruce continues to show why he’s a top prospect for his class and a ‘The’ Ohio State Buckeye recruit.

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