The 2nd annual BCB MLK event is another loaded field with some of Georgia’s top programs, coaches and players. Host school Peachtree Ridge is an ideal location in metro Atlanta positioned just off Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County.  In the inaugural event in 2014, quite a buzz was generated around the city. Over 20 college programs were in attendance to see some of the peach state’s best talent. To give an idea of the talent pool, the five M.O.P.’s (Most Outstanding Player from winning team) were Isaiah Wilkins (Freshman at ACC power Virginia), Daniel Fowler (Freshman at Furman), Tookie Brown (2015 Miss St. signee), Ty Hudson (2015 Clemson signee), and Demarcus Simonds (Miss. St signee).

The 2015 BCB MLK Showcase will feature a nice mix of teams and talent from different classes. There are 3 teams that have won a state championship within the last five years in Whitefield Academy, Greenforest Christian, and Milton.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

1:00pm      Langston Hughes vs. Whitefield Academy
2:30pm      Greenforest Christian vs. North Gwinnett
4:00pm      Laney vs. Buford
5:30pm      Milton vs. Alpharetta
7:00pm      Lithonia vs. Peachtree Ridge

Location:

Peachtree Ridge High School
1555 Old Peachtree Rd NW
Suwanee, GA 30024

Contact Information
Sam Allen: 770-364-2889

Players To Watch

Tre Hansbrough (Buford) & JaShawn Brooks (Laney) (Click Here)

Chuma Okeke (Langston Hughes) & Courtney Alexander (Whitefield Academy) (Click Here)

Justin Ravenel (Greenforest Christian)  & Kamaran Calhoun (North Gwinnett) (Click Here)

Davontae Cacok (Alpharetta HS) & Chris Lewis (Milton) (Click Here)

Aaron Augustin (Peachtree Ridge HS) & Christopher Roberson (Lithonia HS) (Click Here)

Media Coverage of Last Years Event

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1:00pm   Langston Hughes vs Whitefield Academy 

While Langston Hughes competes in GA’s largest classification and is only 5 years old, Whitefield has been to seven state championship games in the last ten years under the leadership of Tyrone Johnson.  Langston Hughes head coach Rory Welsh starts 4 sophomores and has jumped out to an 11-3 record already surpassing last year’s win total of 7 games. 6’7 versatile forward Chuma Okeke fills the stat sheet averaging 24ppg, 9rpg, 2bpg, and 3 steals per game. He is receiving high major division I interest already from several schools. 2017 guard prospect Khalil Cuffe pours in 20ppg.  Whitefield is led by one of the state’s top unsigned players in Courtney Alexander. The bouncy forward has been receiving mid-major division I interest.  6’3 Norman Harris is an intriguing 2014 guard prospect for many high academic schools.  Two underclassmen prospects, Brenden Myles and Isaiah Hart are both potential division I prospects as well.

2:30pm   Greenforest Christian vs North Gwinnett HS 

Greenforest features one of the state’s biggest teams; however they compliment their size with skilled guards. First year head coach Nick Lagroone has made a seamless transition taking over for veteran coach David Jones helping lead the Eagles to a 12-1 record. Greenforest is coming off a Chick-Fil-A classic (Columbia, SC) holiday tournament championship.  Several division prospects stocked on the roster help make Greenforest one of the favorites to be last team standing in March. North Gwinnett has had their fair share of success in the last five years under head coach Zach Smith. Two Elite 8 trips and two regular season titles had Bulldog nation excited about this season’s squad. However, they have been operating at less than full strength for the majority of the season. Big man 6’7 senior Malik Carter is now back and should make a major impact. Senior Kamaran Calhoun is at full strength as well after missing time with a concussion. Calhoun is a do it all, versatile wing-forward who is one the state’s tougher players.

4:00pm   Laney vs Buford 

As Laney showed in our GACS Showcase, Laney is a team to be reckoned with regardless the classification when they knocked off Norcross. Laney HS head coach Buck Harris knew he had a deep and talented roster returning from last season’s Final Four team and he scheduled like it. Laney has played one of the toughest schedule’s in the entire state of Georgia. They stand at 15-1 with the one blemish coming against Class A favorite and defending state champ St.Francis. A deep stock of perimeter players is led by Senior JaShawn Brooks and junior Zep Jasper.  Laney’s up tempo style and pressure defense present major challenges for all opponents. Similar to Laney, Buford is coming off a deep run in last year’s state tournament making it all the way to the title game losing to Morgan County. Buford has relied on senior guard Tre Hansbrough who has consistently been putting up big numbers offensively. The Centennial high school transfer has adjusted quickly to head coach Allen Whitehart’s system indicated by a 50 point performance earlier this season. His 30+ppg has helped ease the transition of losing Mississippi State commit Demarcus Simonds to a transfer just before the season.

5:30pm   Milton vs Alpharetta 

Possibly the most intriguing match-up within the game will take place in the paint. Alpharetta’s Devontae Cacok has already signed with UNC-Wilmington and is a double-double machine. Milton features junior big man, Chris Lewis, who is attracting high major division one interest.  Both teams lean heavily on the production of their bigs inside.  Two-sport athlete Quart’e Sapp who is a 4-Star linebacker in football produces on the hardwood as well scoring 12ppg.  Coach Matt Kramer is in his second year at Milton, where he helped lead the Eagles to a state playoff berth in his first season. Alpharetta head coach Frederick Hurt has led the Raiders to consecutive region titles the last two seasons.  Alpharetta’s veteran seniors Cacok, 6’7 Jaylon Gamble, and guards Afam Maduka and Mark Eze give AHS hope and confidence that they can contend again this year.  Their Achilles heel may be starting freshman point guard Alex Jones who has held his own in his first year at the high school level.

7:00pm   Lithonia vs Peachtree Ridge 

Since Lithonia lost their first game of the season, they have won 14 in a row behind a deep roster. Second year coach Wallace Corker has his squad symbolizing fellow Dekalb county perennial power Columbia HS where he was an assistant under legendary coach Phil McCrary. Lithonia leans on seniors Christopher Roberson and Kesean Warren. Host school Peachtree Ridge is led by junior PG Aaron Augustin and a core of young players. Augustin leads the team in scoring and assists at 15.3ppg, 4.0apg. 2017 wing prospect Jay Estime is putting together a nice sophomore campaign at 11.3ppg and 4.6rpg.  If coach Keith Arrington and his staff can continue to develop their young players and they mature, this team could be a tough out in February and March.