Holiday hoopsgiving 2020 standouts

A few standout hoopers from Day 1 of the Holiday Hoopsgiving 2020 hosted by Shiloh High School on November 27, 2020.

#32 Fousseyni Traore
6’7 PF 235
Wasatch Academy (UT)
BYU (Signed)

Big man was out there eating like he didn’t get enough Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe he misses authentic, home cooked meals from his hometown of Bamako, Mali. Nevertheless, his wide frame in the paint allowed him to score in bunches against a good front-line of Grayson. Advanced feet and good hands enabled him to maneuver his way inside for easy buckets and put-backs. Undersized at 6’7 but brings a lot to the table with his feel for the game and mechanics. High motor, made minimal mistakes, and showed a willingness to bang and hit the boards. Good solid performance during a Day 1 OT win against top ranked Grayson (GA). Fousseyni also had 21 points in a 71-62 win against Pebblebrook (GA) on Day 2. Solid back-to-back performance from a player who definitely came looking for some Thanksgiving dessert in the Peach State during Holiday Hoopsgiving 2020.

Casey Jones
6’6 SF 208
Wasatch Academy 2021

Two-Star recruit per verbalcommits.com, high flying Casey Jacobs was a beast during day 1 against perennial power Grayson (GA). Young man showed his athleticism with several above the rim blocks in transition as well as high flying and finishing around the rim – soaring over defenders to finish in the paint. Pesky defender who drew several charges with questionable calls that some would consider flops. High energy, up tempo player who wanted all the smoke and at the end of the day, prevailed in coming away with the dub. Stock should continue to rise as Wasatch plays a national schedule and he continues to perform the way he does.

Richard (Pop) Isaacs Jr.
6’2 PG 180
Wasatch Academy 2022

Heady PG who runs the show extremely well as a 2022 recruit. Has 20 offers on the table and rightfully so. As a PG, shows good court awareness along with solid leadership traits. Rarely got rattled, kept his composure, and looked to attack when the going got tuff. Scoring PG who likes to pull the trigger by way of behind the arc, slashing to the bucket, or nice mid range game with stop and pops and some occasional floaters – but still was able to keep a PG mentality with his distribution and unselfish play. At the end of the day, getting these valuable minutes playing with Wasatch Academy will only catapult his game to the next level.

Nolan Hickman
6’2 PG 185
Wasatch Academy 2021
Kentucky (Signed)

The Seattle, WA native PG came to the Peach State with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He left with two victories over Georgia high schools who usually don’t give up out of State L’s too often. Nolan played with passion and at times got a bit in over himself but other times flashed of being special. A scoring mentality PG who likes to penetrate in the lane and kick or finish – good frame allows him to do so. Solid ball handling and on the ball defender who played with emotion for the full 32 minutes of play. Will that translate to the next level at Kentucky? It should. After a solid performance against Grayson in an OT win vs the Rams, he showed up and out against Pebblebrook with a 71-62 win, scoring 12 points and dishing out 6 dimes along with 6 boards.

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