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Summer Slam: Middle School Recap

Cumming, GA – Summer Slam brought out a solid core group of teams at every age division. A few teams came from the Mid-West area and there was a good influx from the south. This weekend had some great talent on display and a few stars of the future were born.  Nigel Thomas, 2025 (Choice…

Maki Joyner 6’1” | G | Atlanta Celtics South 2025

Maki Joyner, 6’1” G (2025) for Atlanta Celtics South (GA) was an impressive scorer for his Celtics squad. He has an extremely long wingspan for a player his size and is able to use his length to finish some acrobatic shots over much taller players. In addition to his finishing ability around the basket, he…

Micah Gunter 5’7” | G | CP3 2028

Micah Gunter, 5’7” G (2028) for CP3 (NC) was the most consistent performer in the 5th grade division at the Rumble in the Peach State. No matter who he faced, he made his mark known and was a dominant force at both guard spots. Gunter possesses an advanced skill set with the ball and is…

Joshua Huggins 6’1” | F | NYBA Elite 2028

Joshua Huggins, 6’1” F (2028) for NYBA Elite (TN) was an imposing inside threat for his squad. Around the basket, he was able to finish consistently with either hand and dominated on the glass. His footwork was surprisingly good for a player his age and size. Double teams didn’t faze him much and he showed…

Rhys Cotton 5’9” | PG | AOT 2025

Rhys Cotton, 5’9” PG (2025) for AOT (GA) was one of the most impressive two-way players at his position. It’s rare to find guards that strike fear in the eyes of ball-handlers. Cotton picks up ball-handlers the full length of the floor and never lets up with his ball-pressure and it allows him to come…

Jaden Stewart 6’5” | F | Manimal Elite 2025

Jaden Stewart, 6’5” F (2025) for Manimal Elite (KY) was a man amongst boys at Rumble in the Peach State. He was too strong for the majority of his opponents or he was too good of a shooter to allow on the perimeter. In the paint, he throws his weight around well and uses his…

Jeb Blanton 6’1” | G | Open Court 2025

Jeb Blanton, 6’1” G (2025) for Open Court (AL) was easily the best shooter in attendance. In multiple games, he buried at least 7 three-pointers. Whenever he’s on the floor, he must be found immediately. He’s a lefty that has an ultra quick release with a ton of arc on his shot. Not only is…

Deonte Jiles, 6’0” | G | GPSA 2028

Deonte Jiles, 6’0” G (2028) for GPSA (AL) was one of the most impressive prospects I was able to watch in his division. His size, athleticism and creativity with the ball kept his team in every game and all of the fans in attendance on their feet. Jiles possesses a will to win that you…

Caleb Holt 6’3” | PG | Open Court 2025

Caleb Holt, 6’3” PG (2026) for Open Court (AL)  is outstanding. At an early age, his combination of size, ball-handling skills and court vision make him virtually impossible to stop at this stage in his development. In the games I was able to watch, he knocked down jump shots, controlled the pace and was able…

Devin Hutcherson 6’2” | G | AOT 2026

Devin Hutcherson, 6’2” G (2026) for AOT has all the makings of a future star. Loved his ability to get whatever he wanted offensively using minimal dribbles. When it comes to scoring the ball, he dominated inside, outside and from the middle of the key. He doesn’t waste any time coming out of the triple…

CJ Harper 5’10” | PG | AIM High 2026

CJ Harper, 5’10” PG (2026) for AIM High (GA) has the confident look of a point guard that knows he’s going to win whenever he steps on the court. He’s a southpaw that maneuvers in and out of defenses at his own pace and rarely changes his demeanor on the floor. In a tight semi-final…

Rumble In The Peach State: Open Court 2025 Wins the 8th Grade Gold

Open Court 2025 is a force to be reckoned with. Led by 6’4” star point guard Caleb Holt (2026), this team is a well oiled machine that will be a tough out for anyone. For starters, it’s extremely difficult for any guard at this stage to match up with a player that has the size,…

Christian McAllister 6’1” | G | CP Rimrockers 2025

Christian McAllister 6’1” | G | CP Rimrockers 2025 | Whitewater Middle School (Fayette County, GA) Event: ATL Hoopfest 2021 McAllister embodies the definition of solid. He’s got a good frame and a solid all around game. Off the dribble, he’s tricky and gets defenders off the ground with his bag of head fakes and…

Caleb Wilson 6’6” | F | CP Rimrockers 2025

Caleb Wilson 6’6” | F | CP Rimrockers 2025 | Landmark Christian (Atlanta, GA) Event: ATL Hoopfest 2021 I had to stop by and watch the CP Rimrockers again when I noticed a player I didn’t see in their previous game. Immediately, the size of Caleb stood out even in warm-ups and there was a…

Asa Williams 6’1” | G | Team Bo Bell 2024

Asa Williams 6’1” | G | Team Bo Bell 2024 | Maynard Jackson High School (Atlanta, GA) Event: ATL Hoopfest 2021 There were times over the weekend where even the opposing teams fans and referees had to ask who this kid was. In terms of scoring the ball, teams couldn’t stop him. Asa made shots…

Andre Sherrod 5’8” | PG | Norcross Heat 2026

Andre Sherrod 5’8” | PG | Norcross Heat 2026 | Berkmar Middle School (Lilburn, GA) Event: ATL Hoopfest 2021 This young point guard out of Lilburn, GA might have been the best passer at this event. There are some passes that he makes that most players would never even attempt. Whether it’s a wrap-around pass,…

Amari Latimer 5’8” | PG | CP Rimrockers 2026

Amari Latimer 5’8” | PG |  CP Rimrockers 2026 | Flat Rock Middle School (Tyrone, GA) Event: ATL Hoopfest 2021 CP Rimrockers has one of the better floor generals at the 7th grade level. Latimer embodies the willingness to be great on both ends of the floor. Once he detects any fear in opposing teams’…

Tyran Hairston | 6’3” G | 2022 | Born Ready 17U

Tyran Hairston | 6’3” G | 2022 | Born Ready 17U I caught a glimpse of Hairston once this weekend and he didn’t disappoint. The first thing that stood out to me was his size for the position and his ability to make plays. Despite being pressured the full length of the floor all game…

Cameron Pope | 6’1” PG | 2023 | Wood Elite 16U

Cameron Pope | 6’1” PG | 2023 | Wood Elite 16U Pope put on a scoring clinic in his semi-final matchup with Columbus Wolves. He scored from the outside, mid-range and around the rim en route to a 30 point outing. His pace was great and he kept defenders off balance with his stop and…

Cash Hare | 6’4” W | 2024 | Atlanta All-Star 15U

Cash Hare | 6’4” W | 2024 | Atlanta All-Star 15U Hare is a dream for a coach. You could argue that he has the highest motor of any guard/wing that was in attendance this weekend. On every single possession, he went 100% whether it was cutting to the basket, setting a screen, boxing out…

Grant Moore | 6’6” F | 2022 | Atlanta Wolfpack 17U

Grant Moore | 6’6” F | 2022 | Atlanta Wolfpack 17U There were several times over the weekend where you could visibly see defenders not even bothering to jump with Moore. Once he gathers and rises up, it’s either going to be a poster dunk or he’s going to be fouled. Grant Moore is a…

Elijah Curry | 6’2” G | 2022 | Athens Cavs 17U

Elijah Curry | 6’2” G | 2022 | Athens Cavs 17U Curry is a familiar face and a familiar name to those following the leading scorer board. Night in and night out, he fills up the stat sheet while knocking down 3’s, finishing layups through contact and getting to the free-throw line. He has a…

Devon Rainey | 6’4” G | 2023 | Born Ready 17U

Devon Rainey | 6’4” G | 2023 | Born Ready 17U  This young guard out of Jonesboro is wired to score the ball. Despite playing up an age group, Rainey scored the ball at a high level in a variety of ways. He’s a southpaw that is consistent from 3-point range, mid-range and he finishes…

Malik Leitch | 5’10” PG | 2022 | Norcross Heat 17U

Malik Leitch | 5’10” PG | 2022 | Norcross Heat 17U Leitch is a left-handed marksman that will pull up for a 3-pointer in a heartbeat. Once he gets going he’s exciting to watch. In his first matchup of the weekend, he buried 6 triples a few steps behind the line. He’s more than just…

Daveion Teague-Parham | 6’0” G | 2021 | Charge Academy 17U

Daveion Teague-Parham | 6’0” G | 2021 | Charge Academy 17U Teague-Parham is a player that will be a strong contributor sooner than later at the college level. He’s currently an unsigned senior that has a great change of pace with the ball, good shooting mechanics and a high overall basketball IQ. All weekend long,…

Peyton Law | 6’7” W | 2022 | Atlanta Wolfpack 17U

Peyton Law | 6’7” W | 2022 | Atlanta Wolfpack 17U Law is a great inside-outside player. At around 6’6”-6’7”, he exploits mismatches inside with his quick post footwork and passing ability. From the perimeter, he’s got enough handle to create his own shot and shoots over the top of the majority of the guards…

Chance Boothe | 6’2” G | 2022 | Drill Academy 17U

Chance Boothe | 6’2” G | 2022 | Drill Academy 17U Boothe is a smooth lefty that has a relentless approach to the game. He’s always on the attack looking to exploit the weaknesses in defenses. His ability to shoot opens up the floor for his slashing. Chance as a primary ball-handler also does a…

Mahki Myles | 6’6” W | 2023 | Da House (MS)

Mahki Myles | 6’6” W | 2023 | Da House (MS) Event: Battle in the Valley Starkville is no stranger to having athletics do it all wings. Makhi Myles is another player to come through Starkville, MS that fits that mold, but he’s so much more than just a great athlete. He’s a better than…

London Fields | 6’3” G | 2023 | Da House (MS)

London Fields | 6’3” G | 2023 | Da House (MS) Event: Battle in the Valley London Fields was a breakout player over the course of the weekend. In his semi-final matchup against the Iron City Huskies, he literally could not and did not miss a single shot from the field. He has a picture…

Boo Carter | 6’0” PG | 2024 | We Get Buckets (TN)

Boo Carter | 6’0” PG | 2024 | We Get Buckets (TN) Event: Battle in the Valley Boo Carter is a strong bodied point guard that has excellent speed and quickness with the ball in his hands. The southpaw was dominant as a scorer, facilitator and as a primary on ball defender. His energy and…

Cole McCormick | 6’4” F | 2024 | We Get Buckets (TN)

Cole McCormick | 6’4” F | 2024 | We Get Buckets (TN) Event: Battle in the Valley WGB is known for having sizable athletes. McCormick is yet another one of those players. At 6’4”, Cole has the size and skill to play inside and out. His court vision allows him to create easy scoring opportunities…

Latavious Conyers | 6’3” W | 2022 | Hoop Phi (TN)

Latavious Conyers | 6’3” W | 2022 | Hoop Phi (TN) Event: Battle in the Valley It’s hard to argue that there may have been a stronger player than Conyers. Whether it was from the wing or on the block, Conyers manhandled the majority of the defenders in his way. In the championship game, he…

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