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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What’s on Tap?

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The joint will be jumpin’ this weekend as the 2019 Hawks-Naismith Holiday Classic showcases some of the elite ballplayers (and programs) in the State of Georgia.  McEachern takes on must-see TV Grayson Saturday at 7:15pm (SUVtv is carrying the games live stream).  #1(MaxPreps) McEachern is riding an impressive winning streak dating back to last season.  2020 6’2 PG Sharife Cooper (Auburn) is special with the rock, showing the ability to score buckets at will.


caleb-murphy#3 Grayson (9-1), stacked from top to bottom with talent, is a team loaded with high D1 hoop prospects. 6’4 PG and South Florida pledge 2020 Caleb Murphy is a serious problem.   Plays above the rim, drops dimes on a regular while showing leadership abilities as an extension of his coach.  This ballclub is worth the price of admission.


Host Norcross (8-0, ranked #10 in the State of GA per MaxPreps) takes on Tucker in the nightcap at 8:45pm. Tucker is undefeated at 12-0 with nine of those wins coming during region play.  If they (Norcross student body) come out in numbers, look for the 6th man home crowd to be enough of an ‘X-factor’, getting Norcross and Head Coach Jesse McMillan over the hump.

A full slate of games for you hoop junkies. 😉

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What’s on Tap

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“Battle on I-20”
Georgia Hoop Circle Showdown of the South
Games Played at Newton High in Covington, GA.
December 14, 2019

Bring your game faces 😉

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Georgia Southern commit Caleb Byrd chats with us after Newton’s 84-80 victory over Grayson (12/10/19) who came in riding an eight-game winning streak and ranked #1 in the State of Georgia.  Newton hits the road to take on Rockdale County today, Friday, December 13, 2019.  Girls tip at 6pm, boys to follow.

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Newton buckles down for the win over Grayson

Grayson entered the game as the #1 ranked team in the State of Georgia and #15 on MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 ranking. Newton was able to literally grind one out during regulation.  From there, the 6th man (home crowd) showed up and out during the overtime period.  The victory gives Newton some much-needed credibility after starting the season 2-3, losing three straight in tournament appearances.  The Rams are now 4-3 going into Friday’s matchup against Rockdale County (12/13).  Take a look at game highlights from Newton’s overtime thriller!

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Popscout Highlights: Woodward Academy vs Pace Academy

Woodward Academy vs Pace Academy
November 16, 2019
Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic
Pace Academy High

Top Players:
Woodward:
Walker Kessler – Univ. of North Carolina commit
Will Richard – 6’5 2021 CG

Pace Academy
Matthew Cleveland – Jr. 2021
Cole Middleton – Jr 2021