From the Sideline
Chick-fil-A Day 1
The first day of the Chick-fil-A features teams from the state of the South Carolina. In the past, those games may not have garnished the media attention and sellout crowds. Once known as a football state, South Carolina is quickly becoming a hotbed for basketball and last night was a perfect example. In addition, Frank Martin (South Carolina), Buzz Williams (Virginia Tech), Mike Boynton (Oklahoma State), Steve Woodberry (Wake Forest), and Jonas Hayes (Georgia) were all front and center. Now, let’s take a closer look at the impact players on the first day of action.
6’6 ’18 Aaron Nesmith (Porter Gaud)
Aaron Nesmith is the epitome of the term student-athlete. He will be attending Vanderbilt next year and look for him to be one of the top players on that star-studded recruiting class. We’re talking about a mobile and fluid wing forward that has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create his own shot, not to mention the ability to use either hand or go either direction. For the night, Nesmith finished with 29 points going 7-13 from the floor, 15-20 from the free throw line. In addition, he collected six rebounds and dished out two assists. It is time for Nesmith to be in the conversation as one of the top 75 players nationally.
6’7 ’19 Josiah James (Porter Gaud)
Josiah James has an unbelievable frame. He has length, size, and athleticism at the point guard position. In our opinion, James may be one of the most efficient players in the country. The unselfish and team-oriented point guard has the ability to completely dominate the game but always impresses us with his ability to play within a team structure. James finished with 17 points, going 5-7 from the floor including 1-1 from the 3-point line. He also went 6-7 from the free throw line and collected seven rebounds and dishes out two assists.
6’8 ’18 Robert Braswell (Blythewood)
Robert Braswell best days are ahead, pure and simple. We’re talking about a lengthy, mobile and fluid small forward that has seen his stock explode. Head coach Mike Boynton (Oklahoma State) was sitting front and center while Braswell chipped in an impressive 26 points going 8-16 from the floor including 4-0 from the 3-point line. While Braswell needs some additional strength, he has an advanced skill set for his size and position. Once he gets into a college weight room and become stronger, the sky’s the limit for his long-term potential and don’t be surprised to watch him at the next level five years from now.
6’6 ’19 Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate Academy)
Juwan Gary simply punished the rims on a consistent basis in the game against Keenan. The athletic and high-flying wing guard attacked the paint one play after the other. He finished with a double-double of 25 points, 12 rebounds and even blocked three shots. Gary went 9-18 from the floor and 7-10 from the free throw line. Gary is an active and aggressive player and has impeccable timing on rebound and being at the right place and right time. He’s a big-time competitor and plays with a definite purpose.