Christmas in the South means friends, family, and hoops! The Palmetto Classic, Phenom’s gift to Columbia South Carolina, kicks off today with 6 games. In game 2 we catch Hammond vs Christian Academy of MB. Hammond comes in with a big that is already on the national radar in 6’6 2020 F Jordan Burch. While Jordan is a big-time football prospect he has proven to be a load on the floor as well. He will face off versus big bodied 6’6 2019 F Davis Guyton, a sweet shooting big for Christian Academy. With the attention on the bigs, it may be easy to overlook the guards in this one which would be a mistake as MB 2019 6’3 G Michael Green has been making noise of late as well. Who would shine in game 2?
MB would come out hot thanks to the strength of the 3 pointer but would not be able to sustain that hot hand from deep. Hammond would get the D going to fuel their offense and would use it to push to a 32-27 lead at the half. Both teams would go back and forth until late in the 3rd quarter when Hammond would pull away. MB would push through to keep it close but in the end, it was Hammond with the win.
Players of note are as follows:
Michael Green, 6’3 2019 G – Do it all guard always produces when we see him go. Handles the rock, hits the 3, and can create as needed. Good size/athletic combo here bodes well for next level prospects. (14p/3r/3a)
Davis Guyton, 6’6 2019 F – Big has a pretty jumper that he can knock down from anywhere in the offensive end. His ability to pull the other teams big away opens up the floor. Will bang inside and do some work on the glass as needed but meal ticket is the shot. (17p/5r/1a 5 3’s made)
Jordan Burch, 6’5 2020 F – Powerful rebounder has a motor on him for days. Plays like the football player he is but flashes ability on the hardwood as well. Young kid showed ability to step out to hit the 3, telling us that there is a lot more to come from this kid. (7p/12r)
Lucas Prickett, 6’5 2018 F – Solid all around kid plays like a senior should. Shows up in all areas of the game. Big enough to bang, quick enough to drive, skilled enough to help make others look good. (13p/5r/2a)
Trent Green, 6’ 2019 G – Quick lead guard was a factor all game long. He has quickness and toughness and the ability to slice through the lane. (19p/6r/2a)