Showcase of Champions 2019 Championship Game Recap (Class of 2023)
#11 Malachi Brown I AOT I Buford HS, GA
Malachi is slowly turning into one of the more consistent shooters and players in his class. He started of the game knocking down his first 3 attempt, and with his shooting ability it only takes one to fall for him to really feel it. Malachi was the clear MVP of this game and really broke out of his shell it looked like. He had good head fakes, solid ball handles, and was scoring from all over the court. He moved well without the ball, but showed a new level of confidence just fully taking over the game doing what he wanted. I also love how he is starting to play somewhat bigger than his size. Malachi is now fighting in the trenches for rebounds and is pushing the ball up court as soon as he grabs the board. Again, he just buys into the Buford weight training system, and the sky is the limit for Malachi.
Horne looks very quiet on the court, but he showed some flashes as well. He knocked down a couple of threes early and made a few other plays along the game. He also came up with a few steals showing his active hands. Still getting a feel for Jet, it looks like he can be a pretty good player once he builds his confidence and works on his communication.
Watching Headges I noticed that he had a very important role and that was defense. He wasn’t leaned on heavily to score but he made multiple plays on the defensive ends showing off his stealing ability, and his active feet on the defense end. He to can score the ball if needed as he knocked down a couple of jumpers, but ran the floor to pick up some easy lays. He had a solid hesi move that left his defender lost. Doing the little things is what will keep Hedges relevant for this AOT program.