Holiday Hoopsgiving Friday: What we learned

Corey Evans, Basketball Analyst
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ATLANTA – While many of you were lounging on your couches from your Thanksgiving Day hangovers, some of the best from Georgia and the surrounding states hit the floor for the opening day of the Holiday Hoopsgiving. Much was learned on Friday including how talented the 2022 guard class is in Atlanta, that Jabari Smith is the next blue blood recruit and who the best freshman scorer is in the south.

BLUE BLOODS NEXT FOR JABARI SMITH

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It is actually a bit surprising that Jabari Smith has yet to corral what we call a ‘blue blood’ offer. That should not be the case for much longer. Smith wasn’t his best on Friday but he was still able to show some of the traits that has made him a top-five prospect here at Rivals.com. His opposition did its best to throw bodies and greater physicality towards him and while last year, he may have backed away from the challenge, Smith seemed to enjoy it in his team’s win. He drew four first-half fouls, remained a contributor whenever his own foul count went against him, before leaving his greatest impression on the stat sheet.

Duke and Kentucky have begun to show attention towards the five-star, while Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and LSU are among the group that has prioritized him the greatest. Tennessee just offered earlier this week as things are edging towards a blue blood affair.

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He only tallied six points in the second half but Chance Moore still mustered 30-points in all, due in part to the six 3s that he hit. The need for shot makers with added size has never been as valuable than today which makes Moore that much of a greater prospect. He has to get better whenever pressure is applied as he turned it over into six separate times but the talent, abilities and upside are all there. Alabama has already hosted him for an official visit, while Xavier is expected to later this winter. Moore has been out of the spotlight for some time due to an injury but his recruitment should only improve thanks to all that he encompasses along the perimeter.

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