2019 TIP-OFF CLASSIC RECAP
2019 Tip Off Classic Recap
2020 PG Sharife Cooper of AOT (GA) – Sharife was one of the main attractions at this year’s Tip-Off Classic and he didn’t disappoint. Hoop Hustlers was the first publication to rank Mr. Cooper #1 in the class of 2020 and he backed that up with an amazing weekend. In the 3 games played this weekend by AOT, Sharife averaged 30pts per game with 9 assists. It’s going to be very interesting to see what Sharife does this year on the EYBL circuit.
2020 W Scottie Barnes of Nightrydas (FL) – Scottie cut his hair but that didn’t stop him from shining at this year’s Tip-Off Classic. This is Scottie’s 2nd time in four years competing in The Tip-Off Classic. The Junior is one of the sought-after players in 2020 and that was on full display this past weekend.
2020 W Corey Walker of Game Elite (FL) – Corey Walker was amazing this past weekend at The Tip-Off Classic averaging 22 points per game. Corey Walker recently committed to the University of Tennessee.
2020 G Joe Bamisile of CP25 (FL) – Joe was one of the best players at The Tip-Off Classic, helping CP25 win The Tip-Off. Joe has committed to Northwestern University and he continues to excel at this level. I can see him winning Big 10 Freshmen of the Year.
2020 G Brandon Stroud of Georgia Knight (GA) – If you missed the Georgia Knights this weekend at The Tip-Off Classic – you missed one of the best independent teams in the country led by Brandon Stroud. The 6’5 guard played like a man with a chip on his shoulder, knocking off all the shoe company teams they faced. Expect an amazing summer from Brandon Stroud.
2021 W Matthew Cleveland of HYPE Hawks (GA) – A household name for now, Matthew Cleveland could become more than just that by the end of the summer. The 6-foot-6 wing is an intriguing prospect out of the state of Georgia in the loaded 2021 class. His tournament performance this past weekend was stellar running with HYPE Hawks 16U. He has extremely long arms that help him impact both ends of the floor. He is a solid floor runner in transition and is a great finisher at the rim. Matthew had two games this past weekend where he scored 30+ points.
2020 PG KD Johnson of Game Elite (GA) – KD Johnson has had an excellent start to the spring part of his last AAU season this year. After dominating last weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet in Spartanburg, Johnson brought his dynamic play to the Tip Off Classic in Atlanta. He plays at one speed and one speed only, and that is fast. KD consistently plays with great energy and competitive edge no matter whom he is facing. In my opinion, he is still one of the most underrated prospects in the country and should be receiving more recognition nationally.
2020 PG Khalil Shaheed of Game Elite (FL) – The 6-foot-3-point guard and Georgia native, Khalil Shaheed, is certainly starting to figure things out in terms of his game. He is another prospect that I felt stood out last weekend in Spartanburg and played consistently well this past weekend in his home state. Shaheed plays downhill and will always be in attack mode when the ball is in his hands. He can make plays offensively or defensively and impacts the game in his own way. Finishing at the rim and getting to the basket looks effortless at times for him. Shaheed could be a real steal for a next level program.
2020 SG Toneari Lane of Atlanta Celtics (GA) – Toneari Lane, a 6-foot-5 two-guard, has raised his level of play so far this spring with the Atlanta Celtics. The knock on Toneari during the high school season was just his shooting skills and range but over the last few weeks he has shown much improvement in that area. He was able to connect on a few jumpers throughout the entire weekend and was capable of making the right plays offensively. He is getting hot at the right time, with the only spring live period being this weekend. Toneari could certainly open the eyes of the college coaches this spring, summer.
2021 F Jabari Smith Jr. of Atlanta Celtics (GA) – One of the nation’s top emerging prospects, Jabari Smith Jr., is as good as advertised. The 6-foot-9 big man has burst onto the national scene during the high school season and has brought that same attention to the AAU circuit. He is a fluid, versatile big who shows great upside. Smith Jr. is not your typical old school big man in the low post. He shows he has range from the beyond the arc by hitting a couple jump shots from here and there. He holds good mobility for a kid his size and can also finish around the rim with a soft touch as well.
2020 Devion Smith of Atlanta Celtics (GA) – Devion is quickly becoming one of the best guards in 2020, with his sneaky explosive athleticism and his high skill level he has become a main target for many high majors around the country.
Winners at THE TIP-OFF CLASSIC:
4TH Grade (GOLD) – AOT
4Th Grade (SILVER) – Greenville Seminoles
5th Grade – Outkast Elite
6th Grade – DCA 2.0
7th Grade (GOLD) – Team Durant
7th Grade (SILVER) – Chicago Demons
8th Grade (GOLD) – TSF Mack
8th Grade (SILVER) – DCA 2.0
9th Grade (GOLD) – Georgia Stars
9th Grade (SILVER) – Double Trouble
10th Grade (GOLD) – Georgia Stars
10th Grade (Silver) – Southern Kings
11th Grade (GOLD) – CP25
11th Grade (SILVER) – Infinite Skillz