The best backcourt in the state will get an early test as the Miller Grove Wolverines head to East Jackson to take on the hosting Eagles for an exhibition game on Wednesday, November 11. SUVtv will stream the scrimmage live.
The Wolverines won six straight state titles under the direction of head coach Sharman White before dropping to Warner Robins in the 5A quarterfinals 63-57 last year. With multiple starters returning and a highly-touted group of guards, Miller Grove is poised to regain control of the state in 2015-2016.
Senior point guard Alterique Gilbert leads the way for Miller Grove this year. Gilbert averaged 18.5 points per game and 6.2 assists per game last year and is the No. 28 player in the nation according to ESPN’s top 100. Gilbert is 6’1, 170 lbs. with good length and quick, active hands. He can shoot from range and drive the lane too. His speed and athleticism make him a threat in transition. He is committed to play ball at UCONN next year.
Joining him in the backcourt is senior Aaron Augustin and junior Josh Jackmon. Augustin transferred from Peachtree Ridge this season. While with the Lions, he scored over 1,000 points and was a two-time Gwinnett Daily Post Super Six selection. He has offers from Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Mercer.
The Miller Grove Wolverines finished their season with a 27-4 record and posted an undefeated 14-0 mark in region play.
East Jackson is led by their talented point guard, Drue Drinnon. The sophomore guard averaged 23 points and 7 assists for the Eagles as a freshman last year, and he will be joined in the backcourt by Buford transfer, Lamont Smith, and Travis Anderson who transferred in from Grayson. Their second-year head coach David Boyd has a long history of coaching up players and getting high-profile recruits to come play for him. The Eagles finished last season at 18-11 and 6-6 in the region.
Boyd has six state titles to his name across four different schools: Campbell, Tucker, Berkmar and most recently with another team named the Eagles – Milton. When he was introduced as head coach of the East Jackson Eagles last year he wore his 2012 state ring to the press conference and told listeners that they would soon be designing their own state championship ring.
You won’t find a better-coached exhibition game than the one tipping-off on Wednesday. These are two teams that will likely make deep playoff runs in March.