KENNESAW – Football is and will always reign supreme in the state of Georgia. College coaches scour the state looking for the next gridiron star. However, it is not the only sport commanding attention.
Basketball is creating its own buzz nationally where college programs from the University of Connecticut to UCLA have or are recruiting a player from the Peach State. They know the talent is sprouting up in bunches.
The talent is only going to get better with the freshman and sophomore crop in the state. This was evident after Gymratinsider Frosh-Soph Combine at North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw. It was the events inaugural year where 50 players went through intense drills and competitive games during the two-days.
"We didn't want it to look like what everyone else was doing," Gymratinsider owner/event co-coordinator Hip Hop said. "We feel that we have a good inside track to that age group. They don't have the big heads yet."
Kenny Gaines, Charles, Mann, TJ Shipes, Justin Seymour and others came as part of an all-star game. They put on a show that overwhelmed a combine all-star team. The rising seniors dominated in every aspect of the game. There were dunks, long-range jumpers and highlights fitting a video mix tape.
Gaines and Mann, who both committed to the University of Georgia, teamed up for several highlight reel dunks. Gaines, a senior at Whitefield Academy, is an athletic big you soared through the sky slamming home just about every pass he received or shot he took. Mann, from Milton, dished out several passes and drained a number of long-range shots. Wheeler's Justin Seymour, who committed to Georgia Tech, displayed his shooting touch and ball handling while helping run the all-star team. Buford's TJ. Shipes dropped the hammer several times with thunderous dunks while dominating the interior. He has offers from Rice, Utah, UT-Chattanooga, Georgia State and others.