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2013 Steel City Invitational: Friday Recap
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (4:44 PM CT, Sat December 21, 2013)
Homewood gave Wenonah all they wanted on Friday.
Homewood gave Wenonah all they wanted on Friday.
Garrett Tucker
Garrett Tucker:

Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Birmingham, AL (Future150) -- The Steel City Invitational’s Day 2 action brought together more great action from some of Alabama’s best high school teams.

With several top players in the state squaring off, the games were intense and competitive; some new names also made a name for themselves.

Here are the standouts from Day 2…

Jarvis Calhoun, 2014 SG, Hewitt-Trussvile: The biggest game of the day came from UAB signee Jarvis Calhoun. The sniper showed off his shooting stroke with some impressive step-back threes with hard defense, but he did most of his damage from the free throw line. The 6-foot guard did a nice job of handling full-court pressure and double-teams, showing his poise and composure. He proved that he is not just a shooter on the court.

Lewis Sullivan, 2014 SF, Hazel Green: Sullivan, the other UAB signee in action at the Steel City Invitational, also had a solid showing in front of the Birmingham crowd. The 6-foot-7 forward did a nice job of impacting the game in all facets of the game, ranging from his rebounding to his passing. He dominated the boards and showed off some unselfish parts of his game. Sullivan finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Hoover.

Austin Cherry, 2015 SG, Hoover: Hoover faced a big deficit early in the game against Hazel Green, but Cherry helped lead a big comeback to rally the Buccaneers for the win. The junior guard converted on five three-points to lead to his 24 points, but he also did a fantastic job on the defensive end of the floor. He forced steals and turnovers against Hazel Green’s guards, and in the end, he was the difference in the game.

Jamal Johnson, 2017 SG, Sparkman: Another one of the top games of the day came from freshman guard Jamal Johnson. While it wasn’t a loud one like many of the other players, Johnson did a great job of impacting the game with his all-around skill-set. The 6-foot-4 combo guard thrived in transition, as he showed off a nice floater to score the ball and some terrific vision. He is producing consistently right now, but he has the potential to get so much better and be a top guard in his class. 

Joshua Langford, 2016 CG, Madison Academy: Despite not having a big game point-wise against Parker, Langford had the entire Pete Hanna Arena buzzing about his skill-set. The 6-foot-5 guard battled through double and triple-teams throughout the game, and he still finished with 19 points. He proved his strength and quickness are tough for typical guards to handle.

Dalton Barkley, 2015 SF, Bob Jones: Barkley isn’t the best player around, but he may be the most consistent. The 6-foot-6 forward impacts both ends of the floor, and he continued to do that at the Steel City Invitational. He did a great job of rebounding the ball and starting the fast-break. However, he is most effective in the half-court. He does a great job of hitting mid-range shots.

Marquell Oliver, 2014 CF, Parker: Oliver may have had the most impressive quarter stretch of any player on Friday before he hit foul trouble early in the first half. The 6-foot-7 combo forward showed that he is mobile and can run the floor, as well as play pressure defense. He did a great job of getting to the rim and getting fouled; his mid-range game looked nice, too.

Ethan Stair, 2015 SG, Hazel Green: With Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander and an assistant watching, Stair continued to show his unselfish nature and his ability to distribute the basketball. The 6-foot-5 guard did a nice job of running his team and putting the ball in the correct places. Samford, High Point, and Belmont are also highly regarded in his recruitment right now.

Terrell Guy, 2015 SG, Leeds: Since the camp season, Guy has trimmed his body down and lost 10 pounds, and it has made a world of a difference in his game. The junior did a great job of moving and playing defense. Nevertheless, he showed his best asset is scoring the basketball. Guy used his wide body to get to the rim and finish with contact, as well as drilling a couple of three-pointers. He finished with 21 points.


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