-This is the group that really shows the depth of talent in Georgia, running the gamut of Division I talent, from HM to LM.
6-5 2020 PG Sion James (Lanier} Has the tools of a high major basketball player or future corporate captain, sporting a 4.0 GPA. James has size for position, competes on both ends, rebounds position, efficient handle and first step to beat defender and passing ability to get teammates involved. He relishes in getting his teammates involved but he’s starting to mix in a little more of his offense now.
6-3 2020 PG Caleb Murphy (Grayson) I wonder how a player, playing with Devon Smith and Dwon Odom could be undervalued but I think that’s the case with Murphy. He is one of the toughest defenders in the state, has another gear to blow by defenders where he can finish at the rim in traffic and rebounds the ball (trend among Georgia guards). He displayed all these talents this weekend so look for his recruitment to jump.
6-3 2020 PG Zarion Griffin (Statesboro) Here’s a kid who came into the weekend with no interest who has the tools of a D1 point guard. Creates off the dribble into pull-ups or to attack the basket, finished with both hands in traffic, can stretch the defense some and defends the ball. Look for that to change.
6-6 2020 WG Eugene Brown (Southwest Dekalb) Can stroke it with the best of them. Long catch and shoot shooter showed a pull-up game as defenders closed out hard. He is a primary target of defenses, evident by the constant face-guards he ran up against this weekend, with that respect he will have to work harder to get open to let the jumper fly.
6-1 2020 PG KD Johnson (Southwest Dekalb) The speedy guard is the heart of the SWD team. Tough guard with explosive first step and athleticism and craftiness to finish in the trees. High end ball defender, disrupts opposing offenses and constantly puts pressure on the defense with his attacking style. Rebounds (trend).
6-8 2020 F Anchor Anchor (Greenforest) Does a little bit of everything on the floor. He can make spot jumper, attacks close-outs, effective passer from high post and can hit the mid-post for scoring opportunities. Solid athlete who did a good job on the glass.
6-6 2020 WG Toneari Lane (Grayson) As the odds on favorite to the win 7A this year, Lane may be the catalyst in their march. The lefty, who can always hit the mid-range jumper has shown VAST improvement in his stroke above the arc. There’s not a lot of wasted movement in his handle, he just knows how to get to his spots.
6-5 2021 PG Terry Brown (Fayette County) With my first look at Brown, I came away impressed with the pace he played at, has great size for position, tough going downhill and rebounds. Didn’t see the jumper but did show solid stroke at line.
6-0 2020 PG Braylon Seals (Tucker) Smooth handling guard who just relocated back to Georgia from Texas was impressive. He never seemed rushed, got to the lane to finish and distributed the ball well.
6-4 2020 PG Jaquavian Florence (South Atlanta) Built for contact, Florence is a heady guard who runs his team and knows when to turn on his offense. Shot maker who is at his best attacking the paint. Defends and rebounds with surprising bounce.
6-8 2020 F Mohammad Diallo (Southwest Dekalb) Long lefty is an intriguing prospect. Has good touch around the basket with the ability to make 17-footer. Thin build right now but isn’t afraid to mix it up.
I can fill this article with 30 - 40 players, not including tomorrow’s article of underclassmen, so we’ll stop here. Here’s an additional list of a few more who showed well. “Just a few” that I saw.
2021 PG AJ White (Chattahoocee) 2020 W Sam Hines Jr. (Wheeler), 2020 G Jaden Harris (Norcross), 2020 W Lamar Oden Jr. (Greenforest), W Cameron Sheffield (Chattahoochee), 2020 PG Jaden Walker (Discovery), Kedrick Green (Greenforest), 2021 PG Mason Barnes (Dawson County), 2021 PG Andrew McConnell III (Lanier), 2020 WF Sean-Pierre Akers-Kennedy (Mountain View) 2020 PG Caleb Byrd (Rome), 2020 WF Jamontae Hill (Tucker) and so many others.
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