The fourth annual Gulf Coast Holiday Classic was easily the best thus far. College prospects, competitive matchups between players and teams. There were prospects for every level of college basketball.
The Wenonah Dragons defeated Shades Valley 60-53 to go back to back as Champions of the Heritage Classic. Led by tournament MVP 2019 6’4 CG Justin Minter.
Every year, a number of Division-II and NAIA schools get some major steals in Alabama. For the class of 2018, there were about 20 kids in our top 100 that signed with a D2 or NAIA program.
The class of 2018 wasn’t very strong but got a big boost when Kira Lewis Jr. reclassed up from 2019. He easily took over the top spot as he decided to enroll at Alabama during the fall.
When we think about the class of 2019, it reminds us a bit of 2017 with multiple high majors at the top with pro potential mixed in with solid low-mid major prospects.
The class of 2020 started off really hot when the kids were in 8th but the sophomore slumps are starting to take effect. We don't expect it to end badly but as body's start to mature, changes in player's game start to become noticeable for the bad and good.
His name is Austin Harvell. Virtually unknown to the basketball world, largely in part to a broken leg he sustained only two games into his freshman season at Clements High School that put and end to his season. Disappointed but not deterred from his dream he continued to work and was committed to getting back on the court to do what he loved.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association held their annual Player of the Year/Mr. Basketball banquet on Tuesday, April 10 and there were some familiar faces among this year’s winners.
There weren't many big names in the 17U field this year but there were some new faces. Central Park continues to hit the international trail while a few sleepers have arisen. The class of 2019 has always been good and its starting to fill out with some depth.