Nike Explosion has always assembled solid matchups with marquee names. The 2013 edition of the four-game slate at Wheeler High School still had those notable players. There were players who carved their own names into the mindset of basketball enthusiast and on-lookers on Saturday.
William Gibbons, SG, Norcross, 2014 – Despite having participated in minimal practices, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard is making a big impact early for the Blue Devils. The unsigned senior knocked down six three-pointers in an 85-80 defeat to Wenonah (AL). Gibbons has been an instant perimeter threat for Norcross since returning to the roster against roster. He is averaging 15.5 points per game since returning from a thumb injury.
Jalen Mitchell, SF, Collins Hill, 2015 – Shaking the stigma of being the younger brother of an SEC-signee can be difficult but it doesn’t seem impossible. The 6-foot-4 Mitchell is developing into a scoring threat. He can score from all three levels on the floor. Mitchell finished with 15 points against Berkmar. He is taking the responsibility of carrying the scoring load, while older brother Devin Mitchell, an Alabama signee, is nursing an ankle injury.
James Walker, F, Miller Grove, 2014 – If you look straight into this forwards face he’s not going to blink. This 6-foot-5 unsigned senior is a workhorse, who despite being undersized in the post, scored 13 points and eight rebounds against Wheeler’s taller frontlines.
Ricky Madison, SF, Norcross, 2015 – A player with his size and ability immediately gets plenty of attention. The 6-foot-7 forward has been playing well as of late for the Blue Devils. He is starting to really show a lot of the potential and skills many believe he is capable of doing. A big year from Madison could help Norcross achieve some team goals as it heads into the second half of the season.
Josh Culver, PF, Berkmar, 2015 – Every team needs a player who can provide some valuable minutes. When that player is 6-foot-8 every coach will be all smiles. Culver is an agile forward who gets out into the open floor. He helps give the Patriots a player to play with or relieve 6-foot-10 senior Tim Rowe. This could be a solid season for Culver as he continues to provide solid minutes.
Robert Alfonso, Jr. is the Associate Editor of HoopSeen.com. He has been covering high school, college and grassroots basketball for the last 16 years. He has also been a High School basketball coach for the past 5 years.