Big South Shootout offers another Big Stage

Big South Shootout offers another big stage.

It’s going down on New Year’s Day and continues on the 2nd. Two days of HS hoops for us hoop junkies who are eager to get back to normalcy during the pandemic. Though masks will be required and social distancing measures will be in place, fans will still be allowed to cheer on their favorites teams as bragging rights unfold during the GHSA 2020-21 HS hoops circuit. The landscape of Georgia is huge and so is the pool of talent. Back roads leading to hidden gems out here in the dirty south. Diamonds in the rough.

#1 Recruit for 2021 Jabari Smith sits, looking very ready.

You still have to step up and prove yourself when the ball goes up for that opening tip. It’s why we play the game. At Popscout, we’re looking forward to seeing who will bring their A-Game and step up on that big stage. Who’s truly been in the lab working on their craft but more importantly, who can turn up on game day and apply what they practice to game situations. It’s somewhat mental at the end of the day. Tuff’ you young bucks like to call it. We ‘old schoolers’ like to call it heart. Whatever term you apply to it, It’s usually what separates the good from the great.

Let’s take a look at two marquee match-ups from this weekend’s 4th Anniversary of the Big South Shootout in Atlanta, GA at Sandy Creek High School.

Friday, Jan 01, 2021
2pm Meadowcreek vs Trinity Christian
4pm Grovetown vs Creekside Christian Academy (Shaqir O’Neal hoops for CCA)

6pm Marquee Match-up
Newton Rams (6-4) vs Sandy Creek Patriots (7-3)

6’10 Auburn commit Jabari Smith II during the 2020 Champions Classic on December 30, 2020. Popscout

Sandy Creek is coming off a stellar performance by 5-Star Big Jabari Smith II. He was super special during their come from behind 70-66 win against Kell on December 30, 2020. Kell opened up a 20-4 cushion during 1st quarter play. Jabari put the team on his back. Calling on Dora the Explorer, the versatile big did everything from bringing the rock up, playing 2G, posting on the block, and stretching the defense with several wet balls from behind the arc. He also was the front line rover man on their defensive press. Are you kidding me, at 6’10? He’s a Giannis Antetokounmpo prototype in the making. Appears to be a hands down ‘no-brainer’ one and done.

6’3 2022 CG TJ Clark goes for a steal. The Rams come after it for a full 32 minutes. Popscout

With that being said, look for the Newton Rams to be more than up for the challenge of tackling the 5-Star ‘versatility’ big. The Ram’s young nucleus of 6’5 G Stephon Castle, 6’3 G Jakai Newton, and 6’4 W Qua Brown, along with 2022 6’3 CG Timothy ‘TJ’ Clark and a host of young hungry players such as 6’7 2022 F Miokaye Grant, and 6’2 2023 sharp shooter Marcus “MJ” Whitlock, provide a formidable nucleus of players that are long, athletic, and scrappy.

5’10 2023 Ashton Pennamon provides stability to the Newton backcourt. Image by Popscout

Although Newton lacks the size you like to see in traditional powerhouse teams, they bring a unique style of play that’s edgy and determined under 2nd year head coach Charlemagne Gibbons. They get after it in other words. It’s going to be a very tough win for whoever comes away with the W and most importantly, will be a measuring stick for who can bring their A-Game consistently, when it counts the most.

2021 6’7 W Shaqir O’Neal and Creekside Christian Academy will be on display. Image by Popscout.

January 2, 2021
12pm – East Coweta vs Creekside Christian Academy (Shaqir comes out to play for a 2nd day)
2pm – Liberty Heights vs Hamilton Heights (TN)

4pm Tucker vs Pace Academy
Marquee Match-up
Pace Academy looked very good during their inaugural Playing for a Change Showcase. Defeating South Cobb (84-60), North Gwinnett (73-60), and Grayson 66-55) during the four day span. Florida State commit Matthew Cleveland was in his bag along with seniors 6’5 PG Madison Durr and 6’6 F Cole Middleton. 2022 6’7 SF Josh Reed is going to be the next man up for the Knights. His shooting ability and overall skill-sets are rounding into form and it’s a beautiful thing to see. He’s a stud in the making. On that note, look for Tucker to control the tempo and players seek tutelage from veteran HC James Hartry to get them over the hump. Great day of basketball to start the new year.

6’7 2022 Josh Reed boxes out for Pace Academy. This young man is a next man up candidate for 2022. Popscout.

Looking forward to seeing some good Georgia Hoops at the Big South Shootout. Appreciate @casshyvee and @BHoopsShoutout for showing us some love.

Elevate Yo’ Game

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