|Spring Valley's Ashley Williamson stood out Sunday at Will Avery's Review.|
Will Avery's Review, played Saturday at the old Columbia Middle School, featured 48 juniors, sophomores, and freshmen from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. The players split into six teams and each played three times. Avery, who starred at Duke before playing three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, handpicked the players based on his experience coaching on the AAU circuit. He and Roy Peake, who coach together for the Georgia Sting and run the most extensive basketball operation within driving distance, believe all the players selected have the potential to play college basketball.
I watched the first seven games of the day, and I chose 14 players to feature in the first of two reports from the event. The first list is the "Terrific Ten," which features the ten players who impressed me the most. I also identified three "Local Standouts," who are players from our area who I thought played well. Finally I featured a "Rising Star," an eighth grader with a lot of potential.
***By Tuesday morning, I will post a second report, which will include game highlights from the first seven games, feedback from event organizers Roy Peake and Will Avery about players I missed on my "Terrific Ten" list, and more.***