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Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions notes


The SEBA FCI Warriors scored a big 80-72 win over Pro One on the opening night of the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. While the Warriors might not have any high-profile D-I level recruits, what they do have is a team full of heady players that play their roles and do what it takes to win.

Franklin Bailey2020 6-0 G Franklin Bailey (Chattahoochee) led the way with 31 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 steals. Bailey has emerged as one of Georgia’s premier three-point shooters as the catch-and-shoot guard drilled 8 threes on the night. Bailey was a relative unknown until carving his niche in the Chattahoochee system this past season as a specialist and has continue to grow his game, making an impact defensively. Bailey still isn’t a major threat to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket, but once teams start running him off the three-point line, those opportunities will be there. A school needing a plug-and-play floor stretcher should keep tabs on Bailey throughout his senior season.

Keon Sedgwick2020 6-0 G Keon Sedgwick (Paulding County) made plays down the stretch to help clinch the win, scoring nine of his 13 points in the second half while collecting 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for the game. Sedgwick gets downhill in a hurry and keeps the pressure on defenses. Just when it looks like he might be barreling his way out of control to the basket, he can pull up on a dime from 10-feet to drop in a soft jumper. The more you watch Sedgwick play, the more you appreciate the little things he brings to the table on both offense and defense.

2020 6-4 F Ty Clark (Kell) is a bit of a late bloomer but his athleticism and motor have him catching up to the rest of the field. Clark is still raw in some facets of his game, but the good shone through with his output of 7 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 blocks. The summer and upcoming varsity season will be key for his development.

2019 6-5 W Alex Forde (Etowah) came out hot, hitting two threes off the dribble before finishing with 8 points. The unsigned senior has a college-ready body and nice jump shot. Defensively, Forde can make a difference with his ability to guard multiple positions. He could be a solid late pick up for a small school looking for a player that competes and has been coached at a high level.


The Atlanta Xpress rolled over CKY Magic 69-48, outmanning the team from Kentucky at every position.

Jamaine Mann2020 6-5 F Jamaine Mann (Starr’s Mill) dominated the paint and racked up another double-double which has become a nightly expectation, especially during the high school season, as he went for 19 points, 12 rebounds and 1 block. Though he doesn’t have elite height, Mann is tough to stop when he’s up close with his explosion and overall thick frame. Mann knocked down a three in the second half but still projects as a quick powerful forward that can punish bigger/slower defenders off the dribble.

2020 6-6 F Jordan Smalls (ELCA) played possibly the best game I’ve ever seen out of him, posting 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Smalls was in the right place at the right time throughout the game and did a good job of finishing when he was around the rim. His length makes him a versatile defender that projects well. Aggressiveness and consistency are his two biggest areas of improvement and Friday night was a nice step in the right direction as he heads into his senior season.

2019 6-0 G Jevon Tatum (Grayson) tallied 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in the win. The unsigned senior has always been known for his scoring prowess but has gotten better and better at running an offense. Low Majors and D-II schools should take a quick look if they are in need of a sharp lead guard that can push the pace and score from all over.


Shorthanded without star guard Kowacie Reeves Jr. and down 38-17 at the half, Team GA Magic could have easily rolled over and taken a beating, but instead fought all the way back to have an opportunity to send the game into overtime but a turnover on an outlet pass after two missed Team Parsons CP25 free throws sealed their fate.

2021 6-4 G Javian Mosley (Westside-Macon) carried the Magic in the second half, pouring in 19 points on his way to finishing with a game-high 23 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Mosley got aggressive but more importantly hot, hitting 4 threes to pace the comeback. Mosley converted a handful of tough drives through the teeth of the defense, using his own length to score on Team Parsons’ frontline consisting of 6-foot-9 forwards. The lefty can still stand to tighten up some areas of his game, but he’s got a knack for scoring and was up to the challenge against one of the best teams in the field without his running mate Reeves.

2020 6-1 G Bryson Wooten (Jones County) looked healthy and back to his normal self after injuries slowed down his junior season. Wooten brought major effort, competing on both sides of the ball. He slashed his way to 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. He led the Magic in rebounding and took on the task of battling Team Parsons’ stronger and longer frontcourt. For Wooten to really bring his offensive game to the next level, he will need to stretch out his range. After making just 11 threes his junior season, Wooten has to make sure he doesn’t earn the label of a non-shooter.

2021 6-6 F Quay Primas (Central-Macon) was hampered with foul trouble all game long and never found enough time to get into a groove, but when he was out there his skill level was apparent. Primas has continued to shed his baby fat and is rounding into one of Georgia’s best post presences. He knows how to score with his back to the basket with drop steps but also has a soft touch that extends all the way out to the three-point line. He can put the ball on the floor and spin his way to where he needs to go when attacking from the high post. Primas won’t win any slam dunk contests or high jump meets, but he is a great rebounder that snatches balls at their high point with two hands when coming off the rim. Primas finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block – a modest performance – but make no mistake, he has the makings of becoming a D-I recruit.

Summer Shootout notes Pt. 2

Cherokee County?

Jared Russo
Jared Russo

Cherokee County a basketball county? It hasn’t been one for a longgg time. That is changing however. The cavalry is on the way in the form of the 14U Deep South Blue Devils and 16U Cherokee Legacy. The Deep South Blue Devils executed to precision. A program that has racked up the wins, its exciting to see what they can do at the high school level next year. 2022 6-4 C Jared Russo (River Ridge) shined in a 67-62 win over Pro One Select White. The big man finished with 22 points, showing a soft touch around the basket and even knocking down a three. Russo never seemed rushed in the post and showed some nice finishes, including a turnaround jumper. He already is in the weight room preparing his body for the rigors of high school competition. He will need to crash the glass harder and become more of a two-way player. Russo will likely see major minutes as a freshman for River Ridge, a program that hasn’t sniffed .500 since Nick Masterson’s graduation in 2014.

6-3 F Caleb Richardson looked good off the bench for the Blue Devils, putting up 13 points and 5 rebounds as a skilled stretch-four. He knocked down two threes.

A lot of the talent in Cherokee County is starting to accumulate at Cherokee, where Class 7A Freshman of the Year Tai Owens and 6-foot-6 center Johnny Sweeney already reside. The Deep South Blue Devils are set to send 6-3 G Brandon Drummer and 6-1 G AJ Swann to the Warriors while 16U Cherokee Legacy already has 6-5 F Zack Vickers and nearly the rest of their entire roster in place. Drummer is a big guard that can make plays going downhill. He had 10 points, 6 assists and 3 steals against Pro One. Swann, a rising QB prospect, can hit the three-ball and competes on defense. He had 11 points. Vickers, a Region 4-AAAAAAA Second Team selection, posted 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in a 78-67 win over HypeSouth.

Maybe the best rising freshman in the county is 5-11 SG DJ Potts-Heard. Potts-Heard played up this week with 16U Cherokee Legacy and didn’t disappoint, providing his trademark three-point shooting. He has dominated in his own 14U division, most notably going for 24 points in the Atlanta Jam championship. He is a smooth scorer that has a bright future. Potts-Heard is currently undecided as to where he will attend high school, with private schools already in the mix.

16U Update

Bryson Wooten
Bryson Wooten

HypeSouth battled with just five men this week. Their top two players came from the backcourt. 2020 6-2 CG Bryson Wooten (Jones County) stuffed the stat sheet. He collected 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in a 52-46 win over BCB followed by going for 20 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in a 78-67 loss to Cherokee Legacy after having to play the final 7:30 of the game with just four players. Wooten has a nice quick first step and explosion to the basket. He has a high motor and likes to put his finger prints all over games whether its defensively up top or creating offense on the other side. As good as Wooten was, his inability to finish drives haunted him this week. He missed at least five layups from point blank range that should have been finished. Call it fatigue or maybe just bad luck. Once he can convert those, Wooten has a chance to really pick up some steam. He averaged 6.9 points at Jones County as a sophomore and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him double that total next season.

2021 6-2 SG Kowacie Reeves Jr. (Westside-Macon) finished with 17 points and 20 points in the two games I saw, drilling 7 threes in the process. Reeves cashed in on his first offer yesterday, picking up a bid from Florida. When Reeves is hot, he can carry a team. When he’s not, he needs to find a way to still positively affect the game. The scouting report is already out on the freshman: Don’t let him get an open look from three. When teams start running him off the line, he must make them pay whether it be getting all the way to the basket for a layup or a floater or making the right drive-and-kick pass to the next open shooter. Defensively, Reeves has active hands that help him deflect passes and collect steals. It is easy to forget that he is only a freshman after already logging monster minutes with Westside-Macon and playing up this week. Having the lethal weapon of a three-point shot at his age is a major boon and once he gets stronger and more assertive on the dribble drive, Reeves will be in play as one of Middle Georgia’s brightest players.

Alphonso Meadows
Alphonso Meadows

16U Cherokee Legacy saw 5-11 PG Alphonso Meadows (Sprayberry) kick it into high gear against HypeSouth. Meadows played within the flow of the game and found the right spots to be aggressive. He finished with a game-high 23 points to go along with his 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. He was strong with the dribble and orchestrated the Cherokee Legacy offense. He hit some tough shots in the paint and hit two three-pointers. Meadows’ game wasn’t overly flashy, but it got the job done.