Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to get back to work! The football state playoffs are almost over with the championship games on Saturday, and basketball is underway with Christmas Tournaments, Holiday Classics and so on about to make way! If your like me and you live in the Gwinnett area, you might want to take a look at the Holiday Hoops Classic sponsored by Nike and Bright Minds After School Program.

12 Teams are featured in this tourney including Lanier High School from Montgomery, Alabama, and the only team from outside of Georgia. This is a team who hasn’t had a state tournament appearance since 2009, and a state championship since 2001. Either way, this will be good to see what talent comes from out of  the state.

Pebblebrook  High School makes it’s way in with Jr. sensation Trhae Mitchell playing Small Forward, and considered a valuable prospect in the 2015 graduating class.

Anybody remember Southwest Atlanta Christian? Former Home of Javaris Crittenton and Dwight Howard? Although their record at the moment may be irrelevant (currently I see 0-4), those who have lived in Georgia long enough can be sure that their players are anything short of talented.

What about the team who’s home all the ball clubs are invading? The Berkmar Patriots will be showing the state what they can do after coming off of a second consecutive trip to the Elite 8 of the state tournament. Led by Seniors Tim Rowe at center, and Jonathan Sanks at guard,  Berkmar received a state rank at #9 by the AJC  in the pre-season poll and put it on their home floor this year. With their current record sitting at 4-2, and plenty of time left before the break, this tournament could be a big chance for Berkmar to prove they can make it to the next level down the road.

South Gwinnett and Shiloh will also make an appearance which will be the only teams alongside Berkmar that belong in the same region. This showcase should be a good one if you have time to attend along with the other tournaments in the area that will take place. The NBA can dominate Christmas day, but let the High Schools take care of the rest afterward!

Matthew Buggs writing on behalf of CBS Atlanta and Sports Radio 92.9 The Game.


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