Basketball players looking to set themselves apart at the GACS/Blue Collar Basketball Showcase as they owned the opportunity to #BeSEEN. These players put forth some strong performances. Our Hoopseen.com deliberated and came up with to the top five players who you need to keep an eye on.
William Gibbons, Nocross: Returning from an injury is tough particularly when it comes to a players shooting hand. This unsigned senior has become the Blue Devils instant shooter. In less than five games, Gibbons is averaging nearly 15 points a game. He is shooting it at an impressive rate for Norcross. He scored 16 points in a win over Greenforest Christian. His most impressive points was a 3-point jumper after shaking off a defender.
BJ Brown, Hillgrove: From the opening-tip, the unsigned senior made it a point to make an impact on the game. He set the tone and went to work whenever possible. Brown’s biggest moment came with less than 10 seconds to play on the defensive end of the court. His Hawks team was trailing and scrambling to make a play. Brown intercepted an errant pass and drove to the basket. He was fouled and nailed two free throws to seal the game. Brown finished with 24 points, none bigger than that last play.
Josh Coleman, St. Francis: If there is a most improved player in the state award at the Holiday break, this junior center is an early candidate for the award. Coleman is emerging as a major contributor to the Knights rotation. He was productive inside and is making more polished moves.
Abayomi (Bebe) Iyiola, Greenforest: Being a lanky and rangy slender player can leave people wondering whether a player is ready to play inside. Well, this Iyiola is not only ready for some action but welcomes it. The 6-foot-10 freshman, Yes! a freshman, battled inside against and experience Norcross team. He did not shy away from any physical action. Iyiola showed some polish on the offensive end with solid hands and decent fundamentals.
Garrett Covington, GAC: In a game featuring high level and notable players, this sophomore stole the spotlight. The 6-foot-3 guard battled through some first-half mistakes and proceeded to pour in a career-high 25 points. Covington scored from all over the floor and really asserted himself as a legitimate threat on the Spartans team moving forward. His role is to play hard and take advantage of scoring opportunities when available.
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.