HIES MLK Classic Standouts

By Benji Oxman

2024 6’2 PG CJ Brown (Walker School)

My favorite part of CJ’s game is easily his motor. You won’t catch CJ standing still while the ball is live. He’s always crashing the glass and pushing the ball in transition.  In the half-court CJ’s quickness and athleticism allows him to easily get into the paint and he’s a creative finisher around the rim. CJ has quickly become one of my favorite point guards in Georgia’s 2024 class. He currently holds one offer from Mercer but expect that list to grow over the summer.

2024 6’2 PG Karris Bilal (Riverwood)

Karris Bilal’s ability to shoot off the dribble is an elite skill. He can stop on a dime and get his shot off lightning quick. Karris can truly score from all three levels. He seems to love his mid-range pull-up & floater game, and he can constantly put pressure on your defense by driving to the rim and drawing fouls. To go along with all that, he’s also a consistent three-point shooter as well. Karris currently holds early offers from Vanderbilt & Xavier.

2023 6’1 G Cam Ellis (St. Anne Pacelli)

My first-time seeing Cam Ellis he put together a strong showing with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in a win against Wesleyan. Cam is a big body with a nice change of pace and a high IQ. He makes the easy read and takes what the defense gives him whether that’s a 3, mid-range or hitting an open teammate. My favorite part of Cam’s game was his vision and creative passing ability. Cam also knocked down the two free throws to put St. Anne Pacelli up by 4 and seal the game with only a few seconds left on the clock.

2023 6’6 PF Thomas Chipman (Wesleyan)

Thomas Chipman is a strong, physical big man whose best basketball is ahead of him. Against St. Anne Pacelli, Thomas finished with 23 points & 11 rebounds showing off his full arsenal. Thomas scored from the post, off offensive rebounds & knocked down a few 3s. Thomas is a player for colleges to start to track now going into AAU season.

2022 6’2 G Anthony Arrington (Galloway)

There’s not much left to be said about Anthony Arrington. I think everybody in the state feels like college coaches are missing something with Anthony. I’ve seen every media member tweet and write about him along with opposing high school head coaches after they play Galloway. I’m not exactly sure why more schools haven’t jumped into his recruitment. All Anthony does is score the ball from all over the court, rebound at a high rate, play with a high IQ, & defend. Against Osborne, Anthony had to guard Osborne’s big man, 6’6 Christian Carroll, and held him to 1 rebound. Arrington seems to take on any task his coaches give him, not complain and just compete. We have Anthony ranked as the #11 player in the 2022 which makes him the top uncommitted senior. I understand coaches wanting to look in the transfer portal to fill some open slots in their 2022 class, but some schools are going to feel really dumb passing on Anthony Arrington.

2022 5’11 PG Quentin Alterman (Galloway)

Quentin Alterman is a high IQ point guard who rarely turns the ball over. Alterman finished with 12 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds while handling Osborne’s full court pressure all night long. He seemed to never be sped up and calmly got his team into their half-court offense. Alterman shoots the 3 efficiently, draws contact in the lane to get to the free throw line and consistently setting up teammates for easy baskets. Quentin never really played AAU basketball so he’s not as well-known of a name across the state but some D3/high academic schools should take a look at Quentin.

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