Photo by Derrick Mahone
Lovejoy center Justin Tuoyo will play his final high school game on Saturday as he helps lead the South squad in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Basketball Showcast in Savannah.
Marcus Hunt does admit that he would like to have made the prestigious McDonald’s All-American game, but the former North Clayton standout is not going to dwell on it.
The talented swingman is perfectly happy to be in Savannah for Saturday’s Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Coaches Association Basketball Showcase.
Hunt, alone with five other players from the Southern Crescent area, will play for their South squad on Saturday. The 6-foot-6 Hunt, a Georgia Tech signee, will team with Lovejoy standout Justin Tuoyo as the South squad takes on the North for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Armstrong Atlantic University.
“I’m looking to have some fun playing in this game,” Hunt said. “They (McDonald’s All-American) made their selection. It’s something I’m not going to dwell on. I can use this as motivation to continue to get better.”
Two of the area’s top underclassmen will play in the boys junior all-star game starting at 5 p.m. Desmond Ringer of Eagle’s Landing and Dre Souder of Henry County will play for the South squad in the third annual event.
Forest Park’s Ashlee Cole and Precious Person of Drew will team together on the girls South squad.
Cole, the two-time Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald Clayton County Player of the Year, will play next season at High Point. Person signed with Rutgers last November.
“I think the game will be a lot of fun,” Cole said. “I know some girls on both squads.”
Cole’s father, Steven Cole, her coach the last four years at Forest Park, said he is looking forward to the game.
“This game will close one chapter in her life, and open another,” he said. “It has been great coaching her throughout high school.”
All the players involved led their teams to the playoffs. Hunt’s North Clayton team and Ringer’s Eagle’ Landing squad made it to their respective class semifinals.
North Clayton lost to Southwest DeKalb despite a 40-point effort from Hunt.
This past season the 6-10 Ringer helped lead the Golden Eagles to their second straight Class AAA semifinals appearance. Eagle’s Landing lost to Columbia in the semifinals in Macon for the second straight year.
Ringer, who has attracted the attention of several Div. I colleges, averaged 10.8 points. The 6-6 Souder averaged 16 points in helping the Warhawks reach the Class AAA quarterfinals.