News & Notes
The South GA Beast
South Georgia is known for football, football and then my hometown Tift County Blue Devil Basketball, led by Head Coach Dr. Eric Holland and Staff. Every year it’s a special player in South Georgia that College coaches want to recruit. In the 2017 class it’s Preston “PJ” Horne , college coaches will be lined up at “The Palace” home of Blue Devil Basketball. Standing at 6’6 225 carrying a 3.0 gpa. Horne is a coaches dream if they are not scared of an undersized, tough , strong ,country boy that can score on the block and can step out make three point shot and go get a rebound. What I like most about Horne is how he finishes around the rim, he is very explosive and is a highlight waiting to happen. Horne has had a strong career for Tift County so far, he has started every game for the blue devils and helped lead them to State Championship in 2014, and average 16pts,12rpg & 6blks per game, at this rate PJ has a chance to be one of the best Blue Devils to put on the uniform in Tifton,GA. “Preston is the most coachable player that I have ever had. He has the ability to take individual instruction and apply it to 5 on 5 play. But most importantly, he is an extremely respectful and humble young man.” said Coach Holland. CB Hoops evaluated Horne at the Auburn Elite Camp this past weekend and I left thinking is he the next Jae Crowder of the NBA Boston Celtics, that plays his tail off like Horne and is very humble that went to South GA Tech to Howard JC Texas to Marquette, time will tell but he has a chance and CB Hoops will be watching at home in South Georgia .
The River City Scorer
Somewhere on the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City,AL is a 2016 scoring guard named Tre Todd of Central Phenix City,AL scoring basket after basket. Tre Todd is one of the better scoring guards in the 2016 class in the State of Alabama, average 15ppg for Head Coach Bobby Wright at Central. Todd led Central Phenix City to a 22-4 season last year as a junior and looks to bring a State Championship back to the River this year. The 5’10 Guard can score it with the best of them , he is quick as lighting with the basketball and can guard you for 94ft. Todd made plays all spring and summer on the AAU circuit with the Georgia Kings an YMCA travel team out of Columbus,GA, which is right across the river from Phenix City.
Gerald Ogeltree the Head Coach of the Georgia Kings tells CB Hoops that Tre Todd biggest attributes is his work ethic ,dedication and being consistent on the court and in the classroom. Tre Todd carries an 3.0 GPA and has a 17 on the ACT test and is scheduled to take again on next test date. “ He leads by example and lives in the gym. It’s rare that you find a kid who can score like he can, he truly prides himself on being a lockdown defender and whoever gets Todd services will be getting a good one.” said Ogeltree of Georgia Kings. CB Hoops will be hanging out across the river in Phenix City keeping track of the talented 2016 guard.