The FBC Basketball program out of Georgia has been loaded with talent in recent years, and 2017 will be no different. Those athletes are anxious for the start of the travel season, and they are focused on one early event.
“Our kids are already pumped about going to the Deep South Classic,” said program director Mo Motton. “We’ve been the last four or five years, and everyone loves it. It’s definitely the best way to kick off the summer.
“There’s great competition, and it’s a chance for all the college coaches to see the kids early in the season. They play the Deep South in that big arena, and it’s just a great basketball atmosphere.”
The 2017 Deep South Classic once again will be held in Raleigh, NC from April 20-23. The event, which will feature some of the finest travel teams in the nation, will be played at the Raleigh Convention Center. There will be 20 courts in the building, keeping the entire event under one roof in downtown Raleigh.
The FBC rosters in Raleigh will include three players who are ranked among the Top 40 prospects in the Class of 2018 by the All Star Girls Report. Elizabeth Balogun (6-1, W) is ranked eighth nationally, Tennessee commitment Jazmine Massengill (6-0, PG) is listed at No. 20, and Colorado commitment Cameron Swartz (5-10, SG) is at No. 37.
“Elizabeth is a player who can do it all. She could play anywhere on the floor for us, but she will be a wing in college,” Motton said. “She can post up, shoot it with range, and defend. Elizabeth forms a great backcourt combination with Jazmine for us.
“Jazmine is another player who can do it all. She has a tremendous combination of size and basketball IQ. She has a well-rounded game, so she can be a scorer or a facilitator.
“Cameron is a good athlete and a great shooter. She can stretch a defense with her range, and she is another intelligent player.”