The annual Tip-Off Classic hit the hardwood in Georgia last weekend and a plethora of up and coming talent made their presence felt.  Here’s our second round of standout underclassmen from the annual hardwood platform…

6’7” F Amir Taylor (2025/Game Elite 15U)
Taylor made good contributions on a top 7A team in Grayson this winter, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that he’s a force playing 15U. Zane Restelli was mentioned in Part 1, he & Taylor were a great duo in the Georgia Stars victory. Taylor catches just about everything, has soft touch with either hand inside, and is capable of putting the ball on the floor where he moves pretty well. He is now also showing some shooting potential as he stepped out multiple times for 3-point attempts. There’s just a smooth, controlled feel to his game that is attractive. Offers from UGA, UNCG, and NC A&T have come in for Taylor this month and it looks like he’s going to be the next heavily recruited Grayson Ram.

6’7” F Bryson Tiller (2025/Atlanta Xpress 16U)
Tiller has already solidified himself as a prospect we’ll be hearing about consistently the next few years. He played with the Xpress 17U group last summer and had a big freshman season for Pace. Now with the 16U Xpress, you can tell his confidence is extremely high. Tiller has an advanced body paired with ball-handling ability at 6’7”, which creates constant mismatches. When he’s keeping things simple and getting right to it with strong, decisive drives from 15-17 feet, he is difficult to guard. He always seems to bring a business-like, no-nonsense approach and that was evident on defense as he was commonly seen rebounding physically in traffic and staying ready to block shots. He already has a quality collection of tools to work with and as his shooting continues to come along he’ll be an even more dangerous threat.

6’1” G Jeremiah Wilkinson (2024/Game Elite 16U)
There are few 2024 backcourts with the athleticism & defensive ability of Game Elite’s Jeremiah Wilkinson and CJ Brown. They can be headaches on both sides of the ball and Wilkinson was huge in leading their near 2nd half comeback against the Georgia Stars. Wilkinson is a long lefty who gets to the basket constantly; he is graceful hanging & adjusting in the air to finish and you cannot allow him to get a head of steam with the ball in his left hand. Throughout the weekend he was also consistent with his pull-up game both in the halfcourt and transition from a variety of areas on the floor. He gets good lift and is a threat from beyond the 3-point line. Wilkinson doesn’t mind contact and there’s an intensity to him that the rest of his team seems to have as well. He uses his length to contain ball-handlers and can rebound pretty well for a guard his height. His recruitment should continue to pick up after earning offers form Stephen F. Austin and Tennessee State last week.

6’6” W Karter Knox (2024/Florida Rebels 16U)
Considered to be a Top 15 prospect nationally in the 2024 class, Knox backed that up in the single game that he played on Saturday at the Tip-Off Classic. He finished with over 20 points against Game Elite but it was in other areas where he left the biggest impression on me. His approach was different than some other highly-touted recruits as he rarely forced the issue and just let things come to him offensively, not dominating the ball or taking ill-advised shot. He has a soft, consistent shot from 3 and is ultra-quick off the floor around the rim. He’s a sight to see in transition where he runs the floor hard but is also capable of exploding to the rim in traffic. His motor on defense was very impressive as well; Knox was active protecting the basket and can wreak havoc on the perimeter with his length and ability to move. He is a prototypical big-time wing prospect with his physical/athletic traits, two-way impact, and ability to play within himself. He’s on his way to following a similar path to that of his brother, Kevin Knox.

6’5” SF Caleb Holt (2026/Game Elite 16U)
You’ll hardly ever see me talking about a player who hasn’t even entered high school yet, but when they’re producing against 16U competition the way Holt has to start the spring, you can’t ignore it. Holt fits in seamlessly with this talented Game Elite bunch as his game doesn’t require the ball to be in his hands much. He goes to the offensive glass to create extra opportunities nonstop and has a high success rate in doing so. He converts on putbacks often, has a mature frame that allows him to finish in traffic and be a factor on the defensive end, while also showing some nice flashes passing the ball. Holt possesses a fearlessness and poise that is rare for a prospect of his age, which allows him to contribute and be on the court in big games against older players. Holt has already pulled in offers from Auburn, Alabama, UGA, UAB, and Tennessee State.

6’5” G Roc Lee (2024/Team Huncho 16
Even when I wasn’t watching a full game of 16U Team Huncho and just glanced over to their court for a few moments, I saw Roc Lee putting pressure on the defense in the open court. Every time he grabbed a rebound and had a chance to push the pace, Lee did so and was often successful. He has speed, is very strong as a finisher, and is athletic off of 1 foot. Few 16U guards possess the size that Lee does and he comes with an aggressive approach to match. He can bully guys on his way to the basket when things are slowed down while also converting inside with some craft and draws attention from multiple defenders when penetrating. Scoring is what he did best during the tournament but he’ll also find teammates after opponents have to help. He’s super confident & energetic on the floor and is stays involved in the action. Lee will be back in Georgia at Pebblebrook next season, adding to a loaded 2024 class in the Peach State.