October 30-November 4th Report
This report includes notes from October 03-November 4th. Included in this will be New Albany at Ingomar Jr high, Mantachie at Myrtle, Southaven Charger Classic and Olive Branch Classic.
Josh Goolsby 6-0 165 lbs G Myrtle HS (Myrtle)21 ACT 3.0 GPA: 29 pts, 16 reb, 4 st, 3 ast, 1 blk, 3 charges taken, 9 free throws made. Josh kicked the season off in a big way. He got to the rim with his shifty ball handling and fakes the whole game. His ball handling is much improved since the last time I watched him play. He was all over the place defensively with hands in passing lanes and fighting for loose balls. He rebounded at an extremely high rate, most coming on the offensive end. He continues to gain confidence and is playing at a high intensity level.
Montez “Tez” Allen 6-6 205 lbs G/F Lake Cormorant HS (Walls) 16 ACT 3.0 GPA: 8 pts, 2-2 ft, 4 reb. He didn’t have the best statistical day but he proved his worth. He was being face guarded and denied the whole game. He is like a point 4 with his body size and strength. He is very explosive with the ball and has some nice moves to get to the rack. He is a good passer from the top of the key or high post. He also has a very nice mid range jumper. He didn’t step outside and show his range but I’ve been told he has a good outside shot also. He will be a great addition to the JUCO programs and has the ability to move on after that.
Latavius “Maine” Autman 6-6 195 lbs F/C Lake Cormorant HS (Walls): 10 pts, 18 reb, 5 blk. A really nice find here for Magnolia Hoops. He is very active defensively. He plays the passing lanes and contests shot. He is a really good rebounder using his athleticism only. He has a really long reach and will be a great find for JUCO Coaches as well.
Kenneth “KJ” Riley 6-4 180 lbs G/F Southaven HS (Olive Branch): 16 pts, 8-12 ft including 5-6 ft in 2nd half (4-4 in 4th qtr). One of my favorite players on the Southaven team. He rebounds hard. He is really a forward with handles and decent vision. He has a nice mid range jumper. He has the ability to get to the basket and finish after contact. He is a very good free throw shooter even though he had a bad game from the line on this occasion. He shoots free throws at a high clip due to his ability to draw fouls. I saw him have a 14-15 game last season with most coming in the 4th quarter. He is a must check out for JUCO Coaches.
Derrick “Dee” Moore Jr 6-4 185 lbs G/F Coahoma County HS (Bobo) 21 ACT 3.75 GPA: 2 pts, 11 reb, 2 ast. The natural shooting guard is having to man the low and high post. He is quarterbacking the team and offense from the blocks showing his versatility. He rebounded hard and held his own on the defensive end. JUCO Coaches need to check him out.
Corey “Lil-Toop” Hardin Jr 6-5 220 lbs F/C Byhalia HS (Coldwater): 10 pts. What a difference a year makes. Last season he was just kind of big and out there. This year, he is the difference maker on the court. He plays with such high energy. He runs the floor hard on both ends. He is very aggressive around the basket on both ends. He defends at a high level. The strong body forward finishes around the rim and plays hard on every single play. He is a steal for the JUCO programs.
De’Andre “Dre” Martin 6-1 160 lbs G Byhalia HS (Holly Springs) 17 ACT: 16 pts, 3 3’s. Good shooter and scorer. He gets to the rim and can finish around contact. He is very athletic and smooth. He has good handles and plays at a very fast pace. JUCO’s need to get a look at him.
DaQuan “Quanny” Smith 6-2 175 lbs G Holly Springs HS (Holly Springs) 20 ACT 3.7 GPA: 18 pts, 2 3’s, 10-12 ft. Quanny was playing despite trying to overcome the flu. He was also battling legs cramps. He never disappoints with the oow and aah plays. He hit a double spin move to get around 2 defends that raised the eyebrows of his future coach. Murray State Head Coach Matt McMahon and Assistant Coach Shane Nichols were in attendance to see the future Racer. He got to the rim with ease and drew the fouls from the Olive Branch tree like defenders. If you haven’t seen DaQuan play before, make sure you catch him this year. He’s a gem to watch.
Kelvin “LilK”Allen 6-2 175 lbs G Olive Branch HS (Olive Branch) 18 ACT 3.5 GPA: 19 pts (15 in 1st half). Kelvin showed his crazy vertical early on. He gets up the court in a hurry and plays full speed on every play. He has a smooth stroke from outside. He plays above the rim. He could play for a low major that looking for a freakishly athletic guard. He will get the opportunity to be seen this season thanks to Olive Branch stepping out and playing a national schedule including the #1 ranked team in the country, Memphis East.
James Richards III 6-0 156 lbs PG Southaven HS (Memphis, TN) 3.1 GPA: 17 pts (all in the 2nd half), 2 3’s. The quick and shifty guard showed up when it counted. He scored all of his 17 points in the 2nd half. He scored in a variety of ways using his speed to get the open looks.
Markevius “Phillo” Phillips 6-4 171 lbs G/F Coahoma County HS (Clarksdale): 9 pts, 9 reb, 3 st, 2 blk. The superstar from last years title team looked like he had a championship hangover in the beginning. He slowly acclimated to the 2017-18 season as the game went along. He contributed on the defensive end with his long range wingspan. He interrupted passing lanes, contested shots and snagged boards. He will have better showings as the year goes along.
Antwon “Twon” Porter 6-4 180 lbs F Byhalia HS (Byhalia): He is one to keep an eye out for over the next year. He has good size and length. He is an amazing passer with great court vision. He plays hard defensively and doesn’t have to score.
Decorian “DJ” Jeffries 6-8 212 lbs G/F Olive Branch HS (Olive Branch) 3.0 GPA: 31 pts. DJ showed why he has a Kentucky offer. This is the top 10 nationally ranked DJ I’ve been waiting to see. Every aspect of his game was high level. He played hard defensively. He swatted shots and cleared the glass. He ran the breaks with shifty ball handling. His passing was top notch as normal. He scored whenever and however he wanted to. He created a highlight film with crowd clearing dunks. He showed in this game why he is the number one player in the state.
Joseph “Joee” Cooper 6-2 180 lbs PG Olive Branch HS (Memphis, TN) 3.0 GPA: 5 pts. The best passing guard in the state showed his skill. He threw alley after alley and found the open man all night. He had to have at least 10 assist to go with his points. He doesn’t look to score but can as he scored a couple baskets after contact in the lane.
CJ Owens 5-11 SG Olive Branch HS (Olive Branch): 15 pts, 3-5 ft, 4 3’s. The sharp shooter showed why he is the deadliest shooter on the Olive Branch team. He took advantage of his minutes and dropped a smooth 15 points. 3 of his 4 3’s were from extended NBA range.
Jake “Wig” Wiygul 6-1 180 lbs SF Mantachie HS (Mantachie) 3.5 GPA: 13 pts, 2 3’s, 1-1 ft. He has a nice outside shot. He showed that he can finish around the rim after contact. He plays very composed for a sophomore. He has a nice strong frame with some mobility. He will be a good one to keep an eye on in the next few years.
Jaylon Sanders 6-3 150 lbs G Southaven HS (Memphis, TN) 3.5 GPA: 7 pts. Coach Wilson has a good one developing here. He is a smooth lefty with a nice outside shot. He finishes around and thru contact. He just has that knack for scoring.
Bentavious “Ben” Galmore 5-10 130 lbs G Coahoma County HS (Clarksdale): 16 pts, 3 3’s, 5-5 ft, 5 ast, 2 st. I’m going to have to question the 2 steals. It looked more like 6 or 8 steals. He was in on every turnover that Byhalia committed. He is lightning quick and plays the passing lanes very well. He also defends very well on ball. He plays very hard on the defensive end. Offensively, he made the best of his opportunities. He scored from beyond the arc, from the stripe and in the paint.
Cameron “Mook” Matthews 6-6 205 lbs F/C Olive Branch HS (Olive Branch) 3.0 GPA: 2 pts. What? 2 points. Why you talking about him for? Well, Mook probably had 10+ blocks. He protected the paint and rim at a super high level. He played hard on the defensive end and showed that he is a force to deal with. He ran the floor hard.
Jai’Sheldon “Jai” Yates 6-4 197 lbs F/C Coahoma County HS (Clarksdale) 3.0 GPA: 6 pts, 6 reb, 1 blk. A very nice prospect coming up the ranks for the Red Panthers. He is long and lanky and will be very productive once he gets some quality minutes in. He rushed his shots and didn’t make the best of his scoring opportunities but that will be fixed with experience. He contested shots and crashed the boards. He will be a great addition this year and many more to come for Coach Moore.
Myrtle had 2 2021’s play major minutes and contribute. Elijah Thompson (5) and A.I.Nugent (3) combined to score 8 points.
New Albany Jr High: This has to be one of the better teams in the state. You can take the starting 5 and go ahead and move them up and they can compete on the hs level. The remaining 10 will still likely go undefeated and be a powerhouse team. This team has size, skill and major talent.
Adin Johnson 5-1 105 lbs G Ingomar MS (New Albany): He was the only one that was able to fight back against the New Albany Jr high team. He was bombing from way out and scored 21 points of 30. He nailed 7 3’s from extended range. Keep an eye out for this sharp shooter over the next several years.
Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class
2018:Josh Goolsby 6-0 G Myrtle
2019: Decorian “DJ” Jeffries 6-8 G/F Olive Branch
2020: Bentavious “Ben” Galmore 5-10 G Coahoma County
2021: Jai’Sheldon “Jai” Yates 6-4 F/C Coahoma County
2023: Adin Johnson 5-1 G Ingomar