Two Can Play This Game!
Brandon Boston and Caleb Murphy are forming a very formidable 1-2 punch, Norcross readies itself for a run in the state tournament. Both had an excellent showing this past weekend at the Peachtree Corners Invitational and while Boston is considered one the top players in the 2020 class, Caleb Murphy continues to prove why he should be considered as well. While Boston possess nba level range and showed it this weekend. When he comes out firing like he did, things can get ugly quick. He a different type of swagger when he steps on the floor, and will remind many of a young Brandon Ingram. He uses his long arms and athletic ability to on both ends on the floor, making for sleepless night for opposing coaches and defenders. When he is clicking on all cylinders, defenses gear to stop him making for Caleb Murphy to step in and make plays. What makes Caleb Murphy so special and important is that every Jordan needs a Pippen, Every Lebron needs a Kyrie so its understood they need each. He knows his game and understands his role is to take pressure off of Ingram if need be. Looking for a player with of sense of style check him out, look no further than his hair. You could look in his eyes on the court and see that he’s locked in the entire game! He is athletic, takes pride in playing defense, and will do whatever it takes to win! While McEachern is the talk of the city and country, Jesse McMillian’s Norcross Blue Devils will have something to say about that. When you Boston and Murphy any and everything is possible.
Ridgeview’s Waylon Napper put on an MVP type performance and should see his stock grow tremendously. Napper came out and put up 26 points against one the best teams in Georgia, and possible 5A Final Four team the Buford Wolves. His first shot was a banked in 3 pointer and he never looked back from there. A dual sport athlete that Sly The Sports Guy talked about on the SUVTV broadcast. He accounted had 80+ catches 1500+rec and 15+TD on the gridiron.Napper had 12 points in the first half and 14 points in the second half. He was consistent throughout the entire game, he very tough shots against High Point signee, Eric Coleman and Oklahoma State signee Marcus Watson. Although Ridgeview lost, Napper represented the Palmetto State well and I hope this weekend helped him earn some recognition.
Being a heavy follower of sports i tried to build a method that helps me quickly evaluate a team/program. For me its something simple as offense, defense, and coaching. Alot of times people will say its about the Jimmy and Joe’s and not the X and O. I like to watch teams when I am highlighting events, but I really like to watch the coaches to see what type of adjustments are made.
As I got there in time for the start of GAC and Independence, my first thought was Independence was gonna run away with this game early. They really good guard play and seem to be setting the tone and putting the pressure on GAC early, it resulted in a 8 point lead halftime lead. Good guard play by Andree Mckee and Tyler Harris was the difference early for Patriots. That was until time Hunter Mcintosh and Ben Sheppard woke up and started cooking, for Spartans. GAC’s Coach David Eaton made some adjustments at half relying on Michigan football signee Chris Hinton, Rory Dixon, Hunter McIntosh, and Ben Sheppard outscored Independence 38-19 in the second half. On the way to 61-50 win over Independence.
You can’t talk high school basketball without talking Buford’s Head coach Eddie Martin is another coach that has his unit ready night in and night out. He has a unit that is deep and at any point can throw about 7 guys at you that are some of the most athletic players you will ever see. Talent like Marcus Watson who took no regards for 6’11 Malcom Wilson punished him for a nasty dunk or Eric Coleman the stretch 4 who can post up your guards and beat your bigs off the dribble, 5’10 Donnell Nixon who is one of the most shiftiest guards you will see and will use your gym for practicing his mid range jumper, the list goes on for Buford. Coach Martin does a good job of letting his players play and putting them in spots to maximize their abilities. Buford’s size alone even shows that their weight programs and diet plan are on a whole different level.
WCAC Had Something To Say……….
Gonzaga Coach Stephen Turner knew what Wheeler was capable of after watching them defeat Bishop O’Connell at EC 16 Tournament in December 72-56. The Zags imposed their and had 3 players in double digits lead by Terrance Williams who had 30. Wheeler seemed out matched from the opening tip and couldn’t really find a rhythm offensively. Sam Hines and Malachi Rhodes were the two bright spots offensively, Roscoe Eastmond did all he could to pick up his unit, and Prince Davies provided a park off the bench. They limited Charles Smith IV to a slow shooting night, which doesn’t happen to often. Gonzaga wanted to show Wheeler they weren’t going to fly the Georgia flag in the DMV anytime soon.