NORTH MACON PARK–The second week of the Middle Georgia Basketball Academy Fall Madness High School League featured four action packed games showcasing talent from eight area teams. The upstart fall league has already started to create a buzz in the mid-state area prompting local colleges to peep in on the action. Last week, the Central Georgia Technical College staff was in the building, and this week members of the South Georgia Tech staff were in attendance. Here’s a look at Hypesouth Media’s top performers from week two.
Macon Bucks (60) vs. Howard High (58)
Game one was all about Macon Bucks shooting guard Devin Butts (pictured). The 6-foot-4 marksman exploded for 31 points while going 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. He was on a mission from the outset looking for his shot at every opportunity. Heading into the 2017-18 school ball season, this kid will be one of the best kept secrets in Middle Georgia, but expect him to burst onto the scene in a major way for Stratford Academy by season’s end.
Leon Pitts led the way with 11 points and six rebounds for a young Howard bunch, Justin Smith added 9 points, and Collin Tarver showed flashes chipping in six points.
Southwest-Macon (47) vs. First Presbyterian Day (30)
This game was played at a helter-skelter pace, and featured relatively inexperienced players on both sides. Nonetheless, there were a couple of players that caught our attention. T.K. Hopkins of Southwest-Macon is a promising looking sophomore that showed signs of being able to run a team once he figures out how to get teammates into the right spots. His backcourt mate, Charles Smith collected 8 points and 3 assists in the win. All in all, Southwest demonstrated that they were a game group, but it looks like this season will mark the start of the rebuilding process for the Patriots.
FPD’s Trey Mixon showed some good signs. The freshman guard finished with six points on 2-for-2 shooting from downtown, but his fundamentals and feel for the game are what popped off the screen.
Mary Persons (56) vs. Central-Macon (24)
It was business as usual for Mary Person standout Cam Holden. The 6-foot-5 combo guard finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in the blowout victory. The impressive performance earned him an offer from South Georgia Technical College following the game, his third in three days. Maurice Luster added 11 points, Trey Edge and Reke Weaver had eight points apiece.
Qua Primas was a bright spot for Central-Macon. The 6-foot-4 freshman displayed a soft touch around the basket. He scored 7 points and pulled down four rebounds for the Chargers.
Jones County (71) vs. Bostic Next Level (46)
Jones County’s defense was swarming from the opening tip. The Greyhounds pressure forced turnovers that led to easy buckets out in transition. Adam Jackson and Garrian Wade both had 13 points apiece. DeArco Pitts scored 11 points and Jamil Stanley pitched in eight.
Lamontis Moore was a ball of energy for Bostic Next Level. The feisty guard led all scorers with 15 points and collected three steals. Camrone Cherry scored ten points and looked to be one of the more naturally gifted players on hand. As mentioned earlier, if this kid ever develops a high motor, WATCH OUT!