Popscout Chats: Eastside HC Michael Gerald

Eastside Eagle Head Coach Michael Gerald’s post-game interview after defeating Alcovy 72-66 on December 07, 2019, capturing his 100th victory.  The Eagles are now 8-1.

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Westlake preps for Art Turner Memorial

The Lady Lions took care of business, defeating Parkview 78-30 on November 26, 2019.  MaxPreps has them as the top-ranked team in its Xcellent Rankings as of this post. The Art Turner Memorial Tourney @ Paul VI High School this weekend (Dec 6-8) should shed some light on just how talented these young ladies truly are.  Head Coach Hilda Hankerson and her coaching staff look to keep the momentum going as we close out 2019.

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Georgia Girls HS Hoops

Highlights from The Lady Warhawks of McDonough as they host the Eastside Eagles on December 03, 2019.  McDonough was able to hold on for the win, 64-54.  Jr. PG Ja’Niah Alexander for McDonough was special.

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Alcovy Highlights vs Lamar County

Highlights from the Alcovy vs Lamar County contest played on November 22, 2019, at Alcovy High in Covington, GA.  The Tigers with too much firepower for Lamar County to handle, defeating the Trojans by the score of 90-47.  I can’t wait to see Alcovy a few more times to create a scouting report for their players.

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Popscout Scouting Report: 2021 Brooke Demetre

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Brooke Demetre
6’3 Guard 2021
Mater Dei High School (CA)
Stanford commit

Brooke started as a freshman for the Lady Monarchs as we’ve seen her game continue to develop since 2019.  She loves to move without the ball and finish around the bucket with either hand.  She runs the court well but could improve her athleticism as she continues to develop her craft. Capable ball handler who should stay in the lab to develop her handles to become an elite playmaker. Her high basketball IQ allows her to outsmart her defenders on both ends of the court.  Shows the ability to rebound and push, making solid decisions in transition.  A good defender but must continue to work on her quickness and agility to become lockdown. 5 Star stud who should continue to focus on her weaknesses, over the next two years, to become great at the next level.

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Popscout Game Highlights: Tri-Cities (GA) vs Westlake (GA)

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Popscout Ones 2 Watch: 2022 Dillon Hunter

6’3 PG Dillon Hunter – 2022
Westlake High (GA)
2019 Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic
November 16, 2019 – Pace Academy

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2022 6’3 PG Dillon Hunter could very well be the next big thing. ESPN lists him as the #2 Recruit for the Class of 2022. Image by Popscout.

 

Jillian Hollingshead G 2021

 

2021 Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 6’4 G Jillian Hollingshead during the 2019 Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic. The game was played on November 16, 2019, at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2021 6’4 F Jillian Hollingshead during the 2019 Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic November 16, 2019. Popscout

 

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GA Girls Hoops: Heritage holds on for the win

The joint was jumping as the Lady Patriots of Heritage were able to hold off Rockdale County down the stretch 44-41, evening their season record to 2-2. Rockdale County suffered their 1st defeat of the season, dropping their record to 4-1.  Both teams played their hearts out, giving the crowd what they came for…some good basketball.  Although play at times was a bit sloppy, it’s early enough in the season, that coaches have time to make the adjustments and fine-tune their ball clubs.  Jr. Guard Kristyn Goshay was impressive down the stretch for the Lady Patriots, showing the ability to be a solid floor general and become special on the offensive end when need be.  Here’s a look at the 4th Quarter action from the game played Friday, November 22, 2019.

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GA Girls Hoops: Westlake continues to shine

It’s been a while since the Westlake Lady Lions have lost a basketball contest.  Their winning streak currently sits at 32 (per MaxPreps).  MaxPreps also has them sitting pretty in the #4 spot on the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 National Rankings – 1 spot ahead of Sierra Canyon (CA).  The season has begun and boy are they living up to the hype. We had the pleasure of seeing these young ladies do their ‘thang’ during the 2019 Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic hosted by Pace Academy in Atlanta, GA.  A few clips of them in action as we spotlight Super Sophomore Guard Ta’Niya Latson.

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5’8 Jr. Guard Raven Johnson pulls the trigger during the 2019 Hawks-Naismith Tipoff Classic. Image by Popscout.

2022 Ta’Niya Latson is a Super Sophomore

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Have you ever seen a girl’s player sit and slide on the defensive end, then when getting beat, release and recover back into her stance?  Many of you newcomers to the game have no idea what I’m referring to.  You gotta witness So. G  Ta’Niya Latson in action.


We had to branch out and see some different talents family. Boy, are we delighted that we did.  Don’t get me wrong.  The State of CA has some of the best ballplayers in the country.  Guys and gals who take their craft seriously and show up and out on the hardwood. With that being said, Atlanta is beginning to shine in that area as well.  Take a look at a few clips of 2022 G Ta’Niya Latson.  She’s one of the top Sophomores in the Country.  She runs for the Westlake Lions, who just happens to sit one spot (4) above Sierra Canyon (CA) in the MaxPreps Preseason Top 25 Rankings.  Few from the State of CA can say they’ve migrated to the Dirty South to truly scout talent except yours truly.  These young ladies can go.

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Langston Hughes starts fast, finishes strong.

Langston Hughes (GA) traveled to crosstown rival Westlake High (GA) in a game that’s sure to stay on each other’s minds as the season unfolds. Showing no signs of road jitters, Langston Hughes opened up the game on a 15-1 run.  At the end of one, it was 18-6 Langston Hughes.  Things were not looking special for the Lions of Westlake, whose student body showed up and out, packing the gym and cheering for each and every bucket. Westlake regained its composure to start the 2nd Quarter, going on an 18- 4 run to bring themselves within two at halftime, 22-24.

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2022 6’3 PG Dillon Hunter could very well be the next big thing. ESPN has him as the #2 Recruit for the Class of 2022. Image by Popscout.

A sensational dunk by Super Soph. Dillon Hunter wasn’t enough during a 2nd half that saw both teams use the non-30 second shot-clock to work the tempo and control the momentum of the game. It’s a different type of feel when you’re able to just sit on the rock until ‘you’ decide when to begin your descent on the bucket.  Having no shot clock really changes the ‘meaning’ of the game out here in the ‘Dirty’. Langston Hughes nonetheless weathered the storm in front of a sold-out crowd, eventually coming out victorious by the score of 46-42.  A few highlights from the game.  Popscout Out and About.

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5 Star Dillon Hunter all by his lonesome

5-Star So. PG Dillon Hunter uses the glass as his friend.  He catches everybody slippin’ for the self-lob.  The 6’3 PG out of Atlanta, GA is the #2 ranked player for the Class of 2022, per ESPN.  He holds an offer from Clemson, Georgia, and Florida State. Unfortunately, Westlake (GA) took the L against Langston Hughes (GA) 46-42 on their home court, November 21, 2019.

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2022 6’3 PG Dillon Hunter could very well be the next big thing. ESPN has him as the #2 Recruit for the Class of 2022. Image by Popscout.

Big O and Melo could go 1 and 2 in 2020 NBA Draft

 

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Dude…Big O dropped 33 last night for USC in a win against crosstown rival Pepperdine (11/19/19).  LaMelo Ball continues to put in work overseas.  Could we be looking at the Number 1 & 2 picks in 2020’s NBA Draft?  Yes, sir!  The two who prepped out of Chino Hills High School (CA), look poised to go high on the board come NBA Draft Night.  Continue to shine young men, stay humble and in the lab.

Big O shines during the 2019 Classic @ Damien.  MovieMode is a beast on them mixtapes.


2019 Nike Drew League footage of LaMelo Ball and Onyeka Okongwu as they reunite during Summer League play in Los Angeles, CA. Movie Mode is a beast with the mixtapes you feel me.

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LaMelo Ball pushes the rock in front of the fam’ during the 2019 Nike Drew League in Los Angeles, CA. Image by Popscout

Popscout Chats: Mikey Williams

Caught up with the #1 Recruit for the Class of 2023, Mikey Williams.  The kid is as skilled as they come and only in the 8th grade (time of interview).  His development over the next 4 years will be fun to watch. The interview was taken during the 2019 Pangos Best of the West Camp.

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