Luella, Jonesboro play in top-flight tourney

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman’s team will play two out of state teams in the Hoops in Overdrive Shootout in Roswell beginning on Monday.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman’s team will play two out of state teams in the Hoops in Overdrive Shootout in Roswell beginning on Monday.

Luella and Jonesboro will test themselves against some of the top competition in the nation as they participate in the annual Hoops In Overdrive Shootout over the next few days.

Hoops In Overdrive Shootout

When, where: Saturday-Tuesday at Centennial High

Key games: Saturday — Luella vs. Shiloh, 6:30 p.m. Monday — Carver-Montgomery vs. Jonesboro, 7 p.m. Tuesday — Luella vs. Albany-Monroe, 12:30 p.m.; Jonesboro vs. Northeast (Fla.), 2 p.m.

Top players: Luella — Nyrryk Evans, Luella; Duby Okeke, Jonesboro; Cameron Sutton, Jonesboro; Jeremy Johnson, Carver-Montgomery; Trayvon Reed, Shiloh; John Engunu, Fort Walton Beach.

Luella will take on Shiloh with a 6:30 p.m. tip-off on Saturday at Centennial High in Roswell. Jonesboro doesn’t get started until Monday when it plays Carver High out of Montgomery, Ala., in a 7 p.m. contest.

The upstart Lions (8-2) will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on Monroe-Albany in a 12:30 p.m. contest.

Jonesboro (6-1) will then take on Northeast High of Florida on New Year’s Day at 2 p.m.

Last season, Lovejoy played in the three-day tournament, which has attracted some of the top teams in the nation. Over the last three years, four NBA lottery picks have played in the tournament. Former standout athletes that have appeared there include current NBA players and lottery picks Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins and Austin Rivers.

Defending Class AAAAA champion Milton will also compete in the tournament.

Two former players from Henry County will be present. Drew Davis and John Egbunu, who both played briefly last season at Eagle’s Landing, is now at Fort Walton Beach High in Florida. The 6-foot-11 Egbunu has signed with South Florida. He will lead his team against Morgan County on Tuesday in a 3:30 p.m. game.

Over the summer, Egbunu had an impressive showing at the prestigious National Basketball Player’s Association Top 100 camp in Virginia. The invitation-only camp features instruction from former and current NBA players on basketball and life skills.

Jonesboro will head to the tournament after wrapping up an appearance in the Converse Classic at Columbia High in Decatur. The Cardinals, who have back-to-back Class AAAA semifinals appearances, opened that tournament, which features some of the top teams in the state, with a loss to Greenforest Christian before bouncing back with a win over Butler of Augusta.

The Cardinals were slated to play Tucker on Friday afternoon.

Shiloh is led by Trayvon Reed, a 6-foot-11 senior, who has received offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Auburn and Florida State. Last season, he led the Generals to the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs before losing to eventual champion Milton. Reed averaged 11.7 points and 11.5 rebounds as a sophomore after moving into the district from Alabama.

Luella will be counting on Doral Moore, a 6-foot-10 sophomore to battle with Reed in the paint.

The Northeast-Jonesboro game will feature a matchup between to Div. I big men in Malik Price-Martin, a 6-9 senior going against Cardinals center Duby Okeke, who has signed with Winthrop College in South Carolina.

Jonesboro’s game against Carver-Montgomery will feature one of the top quarterback prospects in the state. Carver is led by Jeremy Johnson, who holds football offers from LSU and Auburn.