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2018-19 GHSA Basketball Transfer List

Here is a rundown of some transfers I have heard through the grapevine and a summary of what the additions mean. If you know of anymore or any that are incorrect, please shoot me a tweet @KyleSandy355, leave a comment or email kylesandy355@gmail.com

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Class AAAAAAA

SR Hasahnn Reynolds – 6’4” 155 lbs – (Immokalee, FL to Discovery)
SR Jalyn Hickman – 6’0″ 150 lbs – (Gaitlinburg-Pittman, TN to Duluth)
JR Sean-Pierre Akers-Kennedy – 6’6″ 215 lbs – (Lindbergh, MO to Mountain View)
SR Elijah Wilson – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Collins Hill to Mountain View)
JR Sam Hines – 6’6″ 185 lbs – (St. Francis to Wheeler)
SR Damian Dunn – 6’4″ 180 lbs – (Kinston, NC to Meadowcreek)
SR Devin Evans – 6’7″ 200 lbs – (Richard Hardy Memorial, TN to Duluth)
SR Isaac Martin – 6’5″ 175 lbs – (Wheeler to Norcross)
SR Casey Flanigan – 6’1″ 175 lbs – (King’s Ridge Christian to West Forsyth)
SR David Banks – 6’5″ 175 lbs – (Cambridge to Milton)
JR Andrew Thomas-Brown – 6’5″ 170 lbs – (Whitefield Academy to Campbell)
SR Jevon Tatum – 6’1” 170 lbs – (Tucker to Grayson)
SR Charles Smith IV – 6’5” 180 lbs – (McEachern to Wheeler)
SO Jaden Harris – 6’3” 170 lbs – (Stratford Academy to Norcross)
JR T’andre Reels – 6’3″ 165 lbs – (Shiloh to South Gwinnett)
SR Devin Gordon – 6’5″ 200 lbs – (McEachern to Pebblebrook)
SR Jerriah Love – 5’9″ 155 lbs – (Science Hill, TN to Berkmar)
SR Cam Rowland – 6’1″ 170 lbs – (North Gwinnett to Mountain View)
SR John Michael-Wright – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Northwood Temple Academy, NC to McEachern)
JR Shyear Mouzon – 6’6″ 190 lbs – (Stephenson to Newton)
SR Malachi Rhodes – 6’7” 215 lbs – (ELCA to Wheeler)
SO James Webster – 5’10” 150 lbs – (Ben Davis, IN to Duluth)
JR Josh Smith – 6’4″ 185 lbs – (Holy Innocents’ to Grayson)
JR Carson Pickens – 5’11” 195 lbs  – (Cherokee to Woodstock)
SR Dawit Cridland – 6’1″170 lbs – (Meadowcreek to Collins Hill)

Class AAAAAA

SO Omarion Smith – 6’4” 190 lbs – (Lithia Springs to Douglas County)
SR Cornelius Hawkins – 6’4” 170 lbs – (Flowers, MD to Alexander)
JR Chris Lango – 5’9” 145 lbs – (Abraham Clark, NJ to Mundy’s Mill)
SR Dajuante Williams – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Josey to Evans)
JR Chavez Trask – 6’5″ 200 lbs – (Greenbrier to Evans)
JR Jarontez Garrett – 5’7″ 150 lbs – (Jamestown, VA to North Atlanta)
SO Malachi Chipp – 5’8″ 135 lbs  – (King’s Ridge to Alpharetta)
SR Malik Battle – 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Douglas County to Alexander)
JR Austin Gusaeff – 6’9” 235 lbs – (Hebron Christian to Johns Creek)
SO Davon Cottle – 6’1″ 165 lbs – (Westlake to Tri-Cities)
JR Daminion Jenkins – 6’3″ 165 lbs – (South Atlanta to Mays)
JR Owen Campbell – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Allatoona to Harrison)
SR Demarcus Fannin – 6’4″ 215 lbs – (Lanier, AL to Mundy’s Mill)
JR Dee Buffington – 6’0″ 158 lbs – (West Hall to Gainesville)
JR Benjamin Raspberry – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Douglas County to New Manchester)
JR Jermontae Hill – 6’5″ 185 lbs – (Grady to Tucker)
SO Ayden Watson – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (Holy Spirit Prep to Sequoyah)
JR Johnathon Moliere – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Westlake to Creekside)
SR Devin Bell – 5’7″ 135 lbs – (Pebblebrook to Creekside)
JR Demetrius Rives – 6’4″ 172 lbs – (Drew to Tri-Cities)
SR Jorden Wiggins – 5’10” 150 lbs – (Columbia to Heritage-Conyers)
SR Scott Avery – 6’5″ 225 lbs – (Eastside to Heritage-Conyers)
SR Koby Isaac – 6’2″ 175 lbs – (Westlake to Creekside)
JR Ronnie Faison – 5’10” 150 lbs – (Langston Hughes to Tri-Cities)
JR Christian Davis – 5’10” 155 lbs – (Newton to Heritage-Conyers)
SR Isaiah Scott – 6’4″ 180 lbs – (Bradwell Institute to Richmond Hill)

Class AAAAA

SR Eric Coleman Jr. – 6’6” 215 lbs – (King’s Ridge Christian to Buford)
SR John Cook – 6’5″ 195 lbs – (South Paulding to Paulding County)
SR Brice Martin – 6’6″ 170 lbs – (Mt. Zion-Jonesboro to Jonesboro)
SO Jermaine Smoak 
– 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Langston Hughes to Chapel Hill)
JR Kirshon Thrash – 6’3″ 210 lbs – (Mundy’s Mill to Eagle’s Landing)
SR Mitchell Evans – 5’7″ 152 lbs – (Greenforest to Stockbridge)
SR Jacorey Harper – 5’8″ 165 lbs – (KIPP Atlanta to Maynard Jackson)
JR Dajon Dancil – 6’5″ 195 lbs – (Clarkston to Southwest DeKalb)
SR Lance Franklin – 5’11” 165 lbs – (Tattnall Square to Warner Robins)
JR Kameron Hobbs – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Eagle’s Landing to Dutchtown)
SR Avante Lederer – 6’6″ 195 lbs – (Salem to Walnut Grove)
SR N’Kyzie Hawkins – 5’10” 155 lbs – (Arabia Mountain to Lithonia)
SR Jalon Pittman – 6’6″ 185 lbs – (Keystone Prep, FL to Southwest DeKalb)
JR Jamaine Mann – 6’5″ 210 lbs – (ELCA to Starr’s Mill)

Class AAAA

SO Cam McDowell – 6’4″ 165 lbs – (Griffin to North Oconee)
SR AJ Jackson – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Father Lopez, FL to Westover)
SO Sutton Smith – 5’9″ 145 lbs – (King’s Ridge to Denmark)
JR Tray Mitchell – 5’8″ 160 lbs – (Greenville to Troup County)
JR Adonnis Easton-Tolbert – 6’6″ 205 lbs – (Griffin to Denmark)
SR Eli Smith – 6’6″ 175 lbs – (New Faith Christian to Luella)
JR Keith Williams III – 6’2″ 175 lbs – (Newnan to Sandy Creek)
SR Greg Jones – 6’5″ 190 lbs – (Eastern Wayne, NC to Sandy Creek)
SR Glen Walker – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Chattooga to LaFayette)

Class AAA

JR Griffin Neville – 6’1″ 150 lbs – (Gainesville to Cherokee Bluff)
JR Michael Crowe – 5’11” 150 lbs – (White County to Cherokee Bluff)
JR Landon Hubbard – 6’2″ 140 lbs – (White County to Cherokee Bluff)
JR Jasper Gibson – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Jefferson to Dawson County)
SR Ahmad Kamara – 6’0″ 205 lbs – (Dawson Christian Academy to Dawson County
SR Luke Chism – 6’5″ 175 lbs – (Dawson Christian Academy to Dawson County)
JR Eli Burruss – 6’5″ 175 lbs – (Dawson Christian Academy to Dawson County)
JR Bosko Norman – 5’10” 160 lbs – (Banks County to Cherokee Bluff)
SR Payton Aiken – 6’5″ 180 lbs – (West Forsyth to GAC)
SO LaMarr Randolph – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (Arabia Mountain to GAC)
JR Brandon Harris – 6’6″ 185 lbs – (Beach to Johnson-Savannah)
SR Lamont Sams – 6’8″ 210 lbs – (Jenkins to Johnson-Savannah)
SR Javon Ruben – 5’10” 155 lbs – (Southwest DeKalb to Stone Mountain)
SR Samari Moore – 6’4″ 200 lbs – (Tucker to Stone Mountain)
SO Madison Durr – 6’3″ 165 lbs  – (St. Francis to Pace Academy)

Class AA

Class A

SO Chance Moore – 6’4″ 160 lbs – (Chamblee to Holy Innocents’)
JR Myson Lowe – 5’8″ 140 lbs – (North Cobb Christian to Whitefield Academy)
SO Zabriel Boozer – 6’5″ 170 lbs – (Josey to Aquinas)
JR Cameron Brown – 6’4” 190 lbs – (Clarke Central to Athens Christian)
SO Jayce Harrison – 5’9″ 150 lbs – (Fellowship Christian to Mt. Bethel)
JR Christian Fussell – 6’10” 190 lbs – (Holy Spirit Prep to Greenforest)
JR Lamar Oden – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (SACA to Greenforest)
SO RJ Noord – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Columbia to Greenforest)
SO Shad Dabney – 5’11” 165 lbs – (Gainesville to Riverside Military)
SO Kevin Taylor – 6’0″ 150 lbs – (Allatoona to North Cobb Christian)
JR Jonathan Taylor  – 5’10” 175 lbs – (Laney to Aquinas)
SO Corey Trotter – 6’4″ 180 lbs – (Cross Creek to Aquinas)
JR Chris Moss – 5’9″ 160 lbs – (Westside-Augusta to Aquinas)
JR Izzy Momodu – 6’7″ 200 lbs – (London to ELCA)

Out-of-GHSA

JR Deandre Brown – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Therrell to Holy Spirit Prep)
SR Khalil Shaheed – 6’3″ 200 lbs – (Kennesaw Mountain to Superior Collegiate Academy, FL)
SR Ahmir Langlais – 6’8″ 200 lbs – (Parkview to Holy Spirit Prep)
SO Khalil Brantley – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (Rocky River, NC to Holy Spirit Prep)
SR Ike Ugonna – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Lithia Springs to Cumberland Christian)
SR Donovan Grant – 6’5″ 185 lbs – (Campbell to The-Skill-Factory)
SR Jaelin Simpson – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (Arabia Mountain to Brandon Hall)
JR Kory Isaac – 5’10” 165 lbs – (Westlake to Cumberland Christian)
JR Chance Hausman – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Westminster to Cherry Creek, CO)
SR Kendall Norrington – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Mt. Zion-Jonesboro to New Creation)
JR Alec Oglesby  – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Collins Hill to The Rock School, FL)
SR Ibrahima Jarjou – 6’8″ 215 lbs – (Greenforest to Holy Spirit Prep)
JR TJ Tampa – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (St. Francis to Lakewood, FL)
JR Christian Wright – 6’2” 180 lbs – (Milton to The-Skill-Factory)
SR Jalyn McCreary – 6’7″ 195 lbs – (Kennesaw Mountain to Legacy Charter, SC)
SR Ahmet Kanter – 6’5″ 200 lbs – (Turkey to Fulton Science Academy)
JR Connor Thompson – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Maynard Jackson to The Heritage School)
SR Rodney Howard – 6’10” 230 lbs – (Centennial to Legacy Charter, SC)
JR Josh Taylor – 6’8″ 195 lbs – (Columbia to Greensboro Day, NC)

Class 7A

A wiry wing, Hasahnn Reynolds will try to replicate the success he saw in Florida at Immokalee, a school with over 1,800 students, the equivalent of a 6A school in Georgia. Reynolds averaged 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a junior. Reynolds can knock down the open three, hitting 45-of-138 attempts (33%). Reynolds has the length to defend the perimeter and help out on the glass. Having a knack for scoring, as a sophomore Reynolds netted 19.2 points per game. He suites up with 17U AC Georgia.

With a potent 2018 class gone, Duluth will benefit from the addition of 6-foot point guard Jalyn Hickman. The senior ball handler broke out his junior season at Gaitlinburg-Pittman, TN where he averaged 22.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists. Hickman should be a plug-and-play guard for Coach Cabral Huff, who now welcomes in a 1,000-point scorer.

6-foot-4 wing Elijah “Malik” Wilson and 6-foot-6 post Sean-Pierre Akers-Kennedy move into Mountain View. Wilson comes in from Collins Hill. He has nice length and a good looking jump shot. He can tend to fall in love with the three-ball while hunting his shot. Wilson brings over some perimeter defense to pair with his solid offensive game. Akers-Kennedy is a banger from Lindbergh, MO. At the very worst, he is a physical space eater. Akers-Kennedy has enough touch to knock down the 15-foot baseline jumper.

With the urge to play on the perimeter, 6-foot-6 Sam Hines transfers to Wheeler after helping St. Francis to the Class A-Private title game last season. As a sophomore, Hines averaged 12.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals as the Knights’ top post option. Hines will try to find a new redefined role with a rebuilding Wheeler roster.

Norcross adds 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard Isaac Martin. A highly touted freshman that started at McEachern, Martin spent the past two seasons as a role player at Wheeler. He has enviable size and a nice shooting stroke, but Martin hasn’t blossomed into a star yet. He will be an important piece for Norcross on the perimeter as a floor spacer and a lengthy defender.

Stackhouse Elite has been very kind to Meadowcreek over the past few seasons and now another player finds their way into Mustang territory as 4-star guard Damian Dunn will try to help the reigning Class AAAAAAA champs repeat. A 6-foot-4 senior, Dunn averaged 17.5 points, 6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals at Kinston, NC. Dunn will provide a scoring presence on the perimeter that can take the load off Jamir Chaplin.

After starting out at Rockdale County and subsequently moving to Richard Hardy Memorial School in Tennessee, 6-foot-7 senior Devin Evans is back in Georgia for his final season at Duluth. Evans posted 22 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block per game in Tennessee and has garnered interest from Georgia Southern and Georgia State. His versatility will play a key role in Duluth’s success this year as an inside-outside combo forward.

Andrew Thomas-Brown departs Whitefield Academy for Campbell where he has a chance to showcase his inside-out game. Thomas-Brown was a Second Team All-Region 6B-A selection as a sophomore after averaging 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. He picked up a North Florida offer in late June.

DeKalb County’s leading scorer, 6-foot-1 senior combo guard Jevon Tatum, is expected to attend Grayson according to family. Tatum averaged 18.3 points and 1.9 steals per game at Tucker as a savvy scoring-minded guard. Tatum excels at pushing the ball in transition but also is a talented scorer in the half court that shot 34% from deep. He will bring toughness, ball handling and the ability to get a bucket alongside athletic guards Deivon Smith and Reco Hallmon Jr.

Cal-commit Charles Smith IV joins his third school in 12 months after starting at La Lumiere in Indiana before gaining eligibility immediately at McEachern half way through the season. The Game Elite product departs Powder Springs for fellow Cobb County power Wheeler. At 6-foot-5, Smith is a jump shooter that works the three-point line and mid-range. He is athletic and quick enough to attack the rim as well. Smith provides a floor stretcher and a presumable go-to-guy after being a third option at McEachern.

Region 7-A West First Team selection Jaden Harris sets sails for Norcross after a successful freshman campaign at Stratford Academy. Rumors swirled about where Harris would attend his freshman season, but he ultimately stayed home. Harris is a big 6-foot-3 combo guard that should earn minutes right away as a part of a talented stable of backcourt members.

A big physical wing unable to break the starting rotation at McEachern, Devin Gordon transfers to Pebblebrook where he should see an opportunity for big minutes. Gordon is a good rebounder at 6-foot-5 that also possesses a skill set to score from the perimeter.

Sharpshooter Cam Rowland departs North Gwinnett for Mountain View to form one of the stronger backcourts in Gwinnett County with Nahiem Alleyne, Elijah Wilson and Jaws Razeq. Rowland, 6-foot-1, averaged a team-high 12.5 points per game last season and is known for his perimeter shooting.

The AOT pipeline is alive and well as John Michael-Wright is the latest to move into McEachern after starring at Northwood Temple Academy in North Carolina. Michael-Wright is a physical 6-foot-2 guard that has a knack for scoring the ball. He can put his head down and get to the rim with authority.

6-foot-7 First Team All-State big man Malachi Rhodes marks the fourth transfer to Wheeler this offseason and the third from the Game Elite program. Rhodes averaged 14.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks as he helped lead Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy to their best record in school history and a Final 4 berth in Class A-Private. Rhodes will be forced to bounce from the block to the perimeter as he joins 6-foot-10 move-in Rodney Howard. On paper, Wheeler should have one of the best rosters in the entire state and an elite D-I frontcourt with Rhodes, Howard (Ole Miss) and McEachern Transfer Charles Smith IV (Cal).

Rising 6-foot-4 junior Josh Smith is on his third school in three years as he leaves Holy Innocents’ for Grayson. Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks for the Golden Bears en route to being named First Team All-Region 5-A.

Class 6A

Douglas County adds Class AAAAA Freshman of the Year and Best Shot Blocker Omarion Smith from Lithia Springs. The 6-foot-4 post has impeccable timing, swatting away 6.7 shots per game to go along with his 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. If he is able to grow 2-3 more inches, we might be talking about a Division I defensive presence. He moves to Douglas County to play with his brother Jeremiah.

Cornelius Hawkins brings length, versatility and upside to the Alexander perimeter as a swingman. He has been described as a smooth scorer with a high IQ and good court vision. He could provide a nice running mate alongside rising junior guard Jaylon Brown and a defensive and rebounding presence with senior center Brady Spence. He runs with 17U AC Georgia.

Chris Lango moves in from Roselle, New Jersey where he started and averaged 12.2 points per game. He will have an opportunity to help out in the backcourt right away.

Evans adds some length and paint presence in 6-foot-6 senior Dajuante Williams (Josey) and 6-foot-5 junior forward Chevez Trask (Greenbrier).  Williams has started to gain some steam over the spring with his play with 17U Carolina Pressure. The long athlete has rebounded well and protected the rim while showing an improving offensive skill set. He averaged 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.8 blocks at Josey. Trask provides some football toughness to the interior. His physicality allows him to carve out space under the basket, making him a threat on the offensive glass. At the very least he will provide effort and toughness in the post.

Hailing from Jamestown, VA, Jarontez Garrett moves down south to a North Atlanta program which suddenly has a lot of momentum after clawing their way to the Elite Eight. The 5-foot-7 point guard will team up with 5-foot-9 All-State Second Team selection Messiah Thompson to form one of the quickest backcourts in the classification. Garrett has played with SBC this offseason, growing a connection with fellow Warriors Sam Jennings and Jalen Bates. Garrett averaged 16 points per game in Virginia. He has a quick first step to get past defenders with a floater in his arsenal to finish. The Warriors should be a tough team to rattle with the ball handling addition of Garrett to Thompson.

Alexander gets a shot in the arm with the addition of former region rival Malik Battle. A former Douglas County standout that was All-Region First Team and All-State Honorable Mention brings over his 15-point-per-game average across the city. Battle is an efficient scorer at 6-foot-2 that drilled 40% (41-of-103) from the three-point line. His ability to score at all three levels bolsters an already talented Alexander backcourt.

Mundy’s Mill acquires bruising 6-foot-4 senior post Demarcus Fannin. Fannin will be an immediate impact maker in the paint for the Tigers. The strong wide body knows how to score around the basket. He has good footwork with his back to the basket and likes to use various up-and-unders to free himself. Fannin is adept at rolling to the hoop on screens and has good hands to catch and finish on the move.

Tucker sees 6-foot-5 junior wing Jermontae Hill transfer in from Grady. Hill earned Region 6-AAAAA Second Team honors after averaging 12.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Hill has garnered some major interest over the summer while playing with Team AJ Bouye and has picked up offers from Missouri, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Ayden Watson leaves Holy Spirit Prep to return back to his home school Sequoyah. The 6-foot-4 sophomore will bring some much needed height and athleticism to the Chiefs front court. Watson can play multiple positions as a combo forward and provide energy.

6-foot-4 junior Demetrius Rives leaves Drew for Tri-Cities after being named Clayton County Underclassman of the Year, All-Clayton County First Team and Region 4-AAAAAA Third Team as a sophomore. The versatile wing averaged 15 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. With the graduation of Eli Lawrence, Rives will fit in alongside senior point guard DaMarcus Johnson and reigning Class 6A Freshman of the Year Peyton Daniels.

A true “OG” of the Sandy’s Spiel Transfer List, Koby Isaac completes the rare feat of playing for four different schools in four years. Norcross to Southwest Atlanta Christian to Westlake to Creekside. Isaac averaged 9 points per game for the Lions as a junior.

Isaiah Scott breaks up a nice stable of talent as he transfers from Bradwell Institute to Region 2-AAAAAA rival Richmond Hill. On his third school in three years, the 6-foot-4 wing is a smooth scorer that averaged 11 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first year in the GHSA.  Scott has a scoring touch from all three levels and some sneaky athleticism.

Class 5A

After failing to record a .500 record last season at King’s Ridge and tallying a 40-40 mark in his three seasons on varsity with the Tigers, 6-foot-6 Class A-Private Second Team All-State selection Eric Coleman Jr. moves into Buford. The Wolves have two of the most versatile forwards in the class with Marcus Watson already in place. Both of them can play positions 2-5 at the high school level with the ability to steal minutes at multiple positions at the next level. Coleman has improved each season, diversifying his game from being a three-point shooter, into a slasher and even rounding out his game with some physicality in the paint and an ability to score with his back to the basket.

Jonesboro sees All-Region 4-AAAAAA Third Team selection 6-foot-6 wing Brice Martin transfer over from Mt. Zion. Martin averaged 12.3 points per game to go with his 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks. Martin joins a Cardinal roster that will undergo quite a bit of turnover with a large 2018 class out the door. He and senior guard Brandon Walker should be asked to provide a lion’s share of the offense and bring back the most experience.

Eagle’s Landing adds a versatile piece in 6-foot-3 junior Kirshon Thrash. Thrash posted 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal per game with his burly 210-pound frame. Thrash can play multiple positions in the backcourt and can keep defenses honest with his three-point shot. He should slot into a guard rotation that will be led by Christopher Hood.

Rising senior point guard Lance Franklin leaves Tattnall Square Academy for defending Class AAAAA state champs Warner Robins. Franklin was a First Team All-Region 7-A selection last season and will provide experience for a Warner Robins team that was hit hard by graduation.

After starting the summer with Greenforest, it looks like Avante Lederer will settle in at Walnut Grove. Lederer, a 6-foot-6 combo forward, heads to his third school for his senior season. Lederer started out at Heritage-Conyers before moving to Salem where he got hurt and missed all of last year. Lederer earned a D-I offer before getting hurt. He will try to resurface as a tweener forward that can handle the ball and score inside and out.

All-State 6-foot-5 junior forward Jamaine Mann leaves ELCA for Starr’s Mill, bolstering Coach Charlemagne Gibbons’ front court in his first year back in the GHSA. Mann was a powerhouse workhorse for the Chargers averaging 10.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks. Mann is a physical forward that does his best work from 15-feet and in. He can use his athleticism and quick burst to face up slower defenders and get to the basket. His addition will reshape the Region 3-AAAAA hierarchy.

Class 4A

A quarterback on the football, Cam McDowell transfers from Griffin to North Oconee. The athletic 6-foot-4 forward should make an immediate impact for the Titans who finished 1-23 last season.

Coming off of a season-ending injury at Father Lopez, FL, AJ Jackson looks ready to make an impact at Westover. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard is a freak athlete. Jackson should be in the discussion for one of the state’s bounciest players and best dunkers. Outside of his high-flying act, Jackson can play too. He averaged 13.2 points primarily as a downhill slasher. His rim-seeking mentality could mesh well with the outside shooting of Jordan Brown. Jackson will need to tighten up his handle and three-point shot to match his explosiveness and round out his offensive repertoire.

A crafty ball handler with advanced court vision, Sutton Smith departs King’s Ridge for first-year school Denmark. Smith has been praised for his feel for the game and his high IQ. He has a chance to be one of the founding fathers of Denmark basketball and give Coach Tyler Whitlock a reliable floor general.

Tray Mitchell makes the 26-minute move from Greenville to Troup County where he will provide an offensive spark in the backcourt. The 5-foot-8 speedster averaged 11.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

6-foot-6 Eli Smith leaves the Freelance League at New Faith Christian Academy and joins Luella. Smith averaged 13.4 points and hit 26-of-76 threes.

Keith Williams III bolsters the Sandy Creek backcourt as he transfers in from Newnan. The talented junior averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game last season.

Glen Walker leaves one North Georgia power for another as the southpaw senior goes from Chattooga to LaFayette. Walker has an unorthodoxed shot but the ability to hit the three. He will provide LaFayette with some much needed energy, athleticism and defensive abilities.

Class 3A

Three integral pieces fall into Dawson County’s lap thanks to a multitude of circumstances. Jasper Gibson comes to Dawson County after a breakout sophomore season at Jefferson where he averaged 18.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Gibson drilled 82-of-210 threes at a 39% clip. He comes to Dawson County after his father accepted the Athletic Director position in Dawsonville. Football standout Ahmad Kamara and 6-foot-5 wing Luke Chism transfer in since Dawson Christian Academy is expected to close its doors on their athletics program. Kamara should bring toughness and athleticism while Chism has long been a highly regarded prospect viewed as one of the best Georgians not playing in the GHSA. Chism will get a chance to prove himself his senior season. The trio will join Region 7 Honorable Mention selection Campbell Reed, who played a key role in the Tigers finishing 19-10 and taking a trip to the Sweet 16.

After blowing up with offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State and a handful of others over the offseason, 6-foot-6 wing Brandon Harris leaves Beach for reloading Johnson-Savannah. Harris brings a versatile skill set and some scoring punch to an Atomsmasher team that returns just three players. The First Team All-Region 3-AAA standout will slot in next to All-State guard Shamar Jones and Emondre Bowles.

Johnson-Savannah picks up 6-foot-8 Lamont Sams from rival Jenkins after the Warriors saw Coach Bakari Bryant leave for Gwinnett County after a state championship loss. Sams marks the second huge in-city move for new head coach Rico Campbell. Sams averaged 6.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

St. Francis loses their second key piece of their state runner-up team as 6-foot-3 sophomore point guard Madison Durr heads to Pace Academy. Durr made strides over the course of the season and started to come into his own over the summer as a sizable lead guard with a knack for playmaking. Durr has proven to be able to affect games with both his offense and defense and will give Coach Sharman White a long term solution at point guard, forming a dynamic 2021 inside-out duo with Cole Middleton.

Class 2A

Class 1A

Another talented young face is added to the mix at Holy Innocents’ as Chance Moore moves in from Chamblee. A 6-foot-4 wing that just picked up an offer from Rutgers, Moore is an active slasher that can pull-up from 15-feet. His energy makes him a quality defender that can guard both on the perimeter and pick up weak-side blocks. Moore will fit in nicely with fellow 2021 guard Garrison Powell and rising junior Josh Smith.

Region 6A-A Honorable Mention selection Myson Lowe jumps across the region to join Sub-Region 6B’s Whitefield Academy. Lowe, 5-foot-8, provides wiggle in the backcourt with a strong shooting stroke. Lowe joins a young rebuilding program and should immediately be asked to run the offense and provide stability for Coach Courtney Brooks.

Mt. Bethel’s first season in the GHSA could end with a bang. Adding onto an already talented roster is 2021 point guard Jayce Harrison, who moves in from Fellowship Christian. Listed at 5-foot-9, Harrison made an immediate impact at the varsity level as a freshman, averaging 14.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2.2 steals per game on his way to earning All-Region 6B Second Team honors. Harrison will provide outside shooting (47-of-129; 36% 3PT) along with another steady ball handler to pair with Coleman Boyd.

The revolving door known as Greenforest will have a completely new roster for the second consecutive season. This time, its 6-foot-6 First Team All-State 2020 shooting guard Lamar Oden who leads the plethora of transfers. Oden averaged 20.9 points and 7.3 rebounds at Southwest Atlanta Christian as one of the state’s brightest young talents. Following him is highly touted 2021 combo guard RJ Noord. Packed with athleticism and effort, Noord will bring energy and high upside after spending his freshman season at Columbia. The front court gets a face lift in the form of well traveled big Christian Fussell. Fussell, a 6-foot-10 junior, is already on his third school after Stockbridge and Holy Spirit Prep didn’t pan out.

Out-of-GHSA

Therrell goes from being a state title contender in Class AA to taking a step back with the loss of 6-foot-2 rising junior scoring guard Deandre Brown. The Second Team All-State selection led Therrell to the No. 1 ranking in the final regular season poll before the Panthers fell at home to Glenn Hill in the Elite Eight. Brown was one of the state’s biggest breakout stars, averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game with a 36-point season-high outburst against Morgan County as his feather in the cap. The development of 2020 lead guard Roman Son now becomes crucial as to how far Therrell’s young cast will go in 2019.

Re-class Khalil Shaheed leaves Kennesaw Mountain for Superior Collegiate Academy in Florida and moves into the 2020 class. The physical 6-foot-3 off guard is a bull when attacking the basket. Shaheed is explosive and strong enough to shake off most defenders. The loss hurts Kennesaw Mountain and their fire power around All-State forward Jalyn McCreary.

Holy Spirit Prep’s “superteam” moniker gets more and more justifiable by the day as 6-foot-8 Ahmir Langlais heads to the GISA. Langlais, one of Georgia’s most skilled 2019 big men if he chooses not to reclassify, was a Class 7A All-State Honorable Mention selection after averaging 15.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.

Coming off an Elite Eight appearance in Class AAAAAAA with everyone set to return, Campbell instead loses second-leading scorer Donovan Grant to The-Skill-Factory where he plans to reclass into 2020. Grant averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as one of the county’s premier three-point shooters, hitting 74-of-213 attempts. The Spartans still have Terrell Burden and Brandon Deravine in place which will keep Campbell in the hunt for another state playoff run.

Holy Spirit Prep snatches another GHSA standout in Greenforest’s 6-foot-8 senior Ibrahima Jarjou. Jarjou made strides with the Atlanta Xpress program this summer and joins Anthony Edwards, Deandre Brown and Ahmir Langlais who all played with the Xpress; the latter two transferring to Holy Spirit Prep this summer as well. Jarjou averaged 8.7 points and 1 block per game as a junior at Greenforest.

All-State 2020 PG Christian Wright elects to forgo his final two years of high school at Milton to play prep ball at The-Skill-Factory. Wright was the face of a young Milton team on the verge of making noise at the statewide level. Wright was named Region 5-AAAAAAA Player of the Year after averaging 22.3 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Columbia has been a revolving door since Dr. Phil McCrary returned to the sidelines. While the Doc has won games, the Eagles have lost a handful of players, this time star 2020 forward Josh Taylor, who transfers to Greensboro Day, NC. The Eagles will be hard-pressed to replace Taylor’s 12 points, DeKalb County-best 12.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.

Spielin’ & Dealin’ Ep. 22: The Transfer List Episode

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The Fourth of July has come and gone and Sandy’s Spiel has collected 72 known GHSA transfers with plenty more still to uncover. Kyle Sandy highlights a handful of these moves and what they mean to their new school.

2017-18 GHSA Basketball Transfer List

Here is a rundown of some transfers I have heard through the grapevine and a summary of what the additions mean. With a GHSA ruling looming on transfers, it could be a busy offseason earlier rather than later. If you know of anymore or any that are incorrect, please shoot me a tweet @KyleSandy355, leave a comment or email kylesandy355@gmail.com

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Class AAAAAAA

JR Jared Jones – 6’9” 230 lbs – (Pebblebrook to McEachern)
SR DJ Williams – 6’1″ 170 lbs – (South Gwinnett to Grayson)
SR Justin Spencer – 6’1″ 168 lbs – (Parkview to Shiloh)
JR Truitt Spencer – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Parkview to Shiloh)
SO Toneari Lane – 6’5″ 203 lbs – (Parkview to Shiloh)
SR Grant Howard – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Alexander to Pebblebrook)
JR Khalil Shaheed – 6’2″ 200 lbs – (Wheeler to Kennesaw Mountain)
JR Ian Hardy – 6’3″ 178 lbs – (Berkmar to Discovery)
JR Lorin Taylor – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (Crete-Monee, IL to Duluth)
SR Corey Myart Jr. – 6’7″ 200 lbs – (Mt. Vernon Presbyterian to Duluth)
SR Ben Groves – 6’5″ 185 lbs – (Peachtree Ridge to Duluth)
SR Mandarius Dickerson – 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Southwest DeKalb to Collins Hill)
JR Kendall Peabody – 6’3″ 165 lbs – (Shiloh to Duluth)
JR Koby Isaac – 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Southwest Atlanta Christian to Westlake)
SR Bryce Brown – 6’8″ 220 lbs – (Grayson to Archer)
JR Nahiem Alleyne – 6’3″ 165 lbs – (South Gwinnett to Mountain View)
SR Terence Porter – 6’7″ 195 lbs – (Creekside to Grayson)
SO Arik Gilbert– 6’5″ 240 lbs – (Woodward Academy to Marietta)
SR Quincy Carter – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Southwest DeKalb to Collins Hill)
SR Tony Johnson – 6’3″ 185 lbs – (Eufaula, AL to Berkmar)
JR Elias King – 6’7″ 185 lbs – (Huntington Prep, WV to Shiloh)
JR Issa Muhammad – 6’9″ 225 lbs – (Lakeside-DeKalb to Norcross)
SR Khalil Hawkins  – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Marietta to Pebblebrook)
SO Kevon Eskridge – 6’4″ 180 lbs – (Columbia to Norcross)
SR Ty Lilly – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (Dunwoody to South Gwinnett)
SR Josh Graham – 6’3″ 190 lbs – (Whitewater to Pebblebrook)
JR Taj Anderson – 6’3″ 185 lbs – (Cardozo, NY to Berkmar)
SR Tuhran Thompson – 6’5″ 195 lbs – (South Gwinnett to Archer)

Class AAAAAA

SR Jordan Dinkins – 6’3″ 187 lbs – (Johns Creek to Northview)
SR AJ Curry – 6’6″ 200 lbs – (Stephens County to Habersham Central)
JR Donnie Curry – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (Stephens County to Habersham Central)
SR Jim Barnett  – 6’0″ 162 lbs – (Gainesville to Habersham Central)
SR Joshua Archer – 5’11” 150 lbs – (Southwest DeKalb to Heritage-Conyers)
JR Cameron Armstrong – 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Alexander to South Paulding)
JR Richard Rivers – 6’11” 250 lbs – (Philadelphia [Formerly Peachtree Ridge] to Dunwoody)
JR Isaiah Scott – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (First Presbyterian Christian Academy to Bradwell Institute)
JR Simon Steele – 5’6″ 140 lbs – (First Presbyterian Christian Academy to Bradwell Institute)
SO Quincy Ademokoya – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Normal West, IL to Dacula)
SR Khalyn Weekley – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (First Presbyterian Christian Academy to Bradwell Institute)
SO Tyshun Briscoe – 5’10” 155 lbs – (Richmond Academy to Lakeside-Evans)
JR Desmond Jenkins – 5’10” 145 lbs – (Sanderson, NC to Dacula)
JR Messiah Thompson – 5’9″ 145 lbs – (Pebblebrook to North Atlanta)
JR Andrew Robinson – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (Pebblebrook to North Atlanta)
SR Jon Young – 6’3″ 165 lbs – (New Manchester to Tri-Cities)
JR Brenden Tucker – 6’2″ 175 lbs – (Archer to Dacula)
SR Ron Gibson – 5’6″ 145 lbs – (Alexander to South Paulding)
JR Shane Gibson – 5’9″ 150 lbs – (Alexander to South Paulding)
SR Tyler Smith – 6’6″ 225 lbs – (Panther Creek, NC to Langston Hughes)
JR Rafael Robel – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (Lanier Christian to Gainesville)
SR Jelani Shakir – 5’11” 165 lbs – (Aquinas to Grovetown)
JR Jeremiah Smith – 6’8″ 230 lbs – (Cottage Park, MN to Grovetown)
JR John Cook – 6’5″ 200 lbs – (Lithia Springs to South Paulding)
JR Josephwise Adams – 6’6″ 205 lbs – (Tri-Cities to Mundy’s Mill)
SR Gyanfi Rogers – 6’3″ 195 lbs – (Green Tech, NY to Mundy’s Mill)

Class AAAAA

JR Justice Hayes – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Woodland-Cartersville to Cass)
SR Zach Pina – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Starr’s Mill to McIntosh)
JR Brandon Green – 6’5″ 180 lbs – (Mountain View to Buford)
SO Jalen Jackson – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (Lincoln County to Cedar Shoals)
SR TJ Stargell – 5’11” 165 lbs – (Shiloh to Miller Grove)
SO Quincy Canty – 6’5″ 195 lbs – (Athens Christian to Cedar Shoals)
SR Malech Wilson – 6’2″ 180 lbs – (Pepperell to Rome)
SO Tyler Johnson – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Athens Christian to Cedar Shoals)
SO JeKobe Coleman – 5’11” 155 lbs – (ELCA to Fayette County)
JR Jalen Mason – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Miller Grove to Woodland-Henry)
SO Caleb Byrd – 6’0″ 150 lbs – (Heritage-Conyers to Rome)
SR Elijah Brown-Kane – 6’7″ 190 lbs – (St. Paul Central, MN to Paulding County)
SR KJ Shade – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (McEachern to Paulding County)
JR Jervon Morris – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Wheeler to Paulding County)
SO Demetrius Glenn – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Clarke Central to Cedar Shoals)
SR Keondre Kennedy – 6’3″ 170 lbs – (North Clayton to Columbia)
SR DJ Brittian – 6’0″ 175 lbs – (Grady to Southwest DeKalb)
SR Raphael Rogers – 6’2″ 175 lbs – (Douglas County to Hiram)
SR Terrance Boykin – 6’7″ 190 lbs – (Columbia to Maynard Jackson)
SR Terrynce Jackson – 6’0″ 150 lbs – (Ola to Stockbridge)
JR Sebastian Mallory – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (South Forsyth to Buford)

Class AAAA

SR Tabias Long – 6’5″ 195 lbs – (Southwest DeKalb to Salem)
JR Justin Webb – 6’6″ 175 lbs – (Georgia Military to Baldwin)
JR Zae Simpson – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Georgia Military to Baldwin)
JR Jordan Wilkie – 6’1″ 150 lbs – (Excel Christian to Cartersville)
JR Avante Lederer – 6’6″ 185 lbs – (Heritage-Conyers to Salem)
SO Walker Kessler – 6’10” 185 lbs – (Landmark Christian to Woodward Academy)
JR Calep Henry – 6’5″ 190 lbs – (Greenville to Upson-Lee)
JR Jarrett Adderton – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (West Orange, FL to Upson-Lee)
JR Lance Smith – 6’2″ 185 lbs – (Woodland-Henry to Salem)

Class AAA

JR Tay Howard – 6’4″ 165 lbs – (Madison County to East Jackson)
SR Keshun Byrd – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Maynard Jackson to Cedar Grove)
JR Kylan Curry – 5’9″ 155 lbs – (Johnson-Gainesville to East Hall)
SR Qua Butler – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Johnson-Gainesville to East Hall)
JR Lamont Sams – 6’7″ 175 lbs – (Johnson-Savannah to Jenkins)
SR Matt Sams – 6’2″ 160 lbs – (Savannah to Jenkins)
SO Demontae Garrett – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Bradwell Institute to Liberty County)
JR Tworn Seals – 6’6″ 250 lbs – (McEachern to Cedar Grove)

Class AA

SR Isaiah Bauman – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Westside-Augusta to Glenn Hills)
SR Josh Kelly – 5’11” 155 lbs – (Westside-Augusta to Josey)
SR Timothy Williamson – 6’3″ 160 lbs – (Hephzibah to Glenn Hills)
JR Kendall Green – 6’1″ 166 lbs – (Houston County to Northeast-Macon)

Class A

SO Josh Smith – 6’3″ 173 lbs – (Rockdale to Holy Innocents’)
SR Daniel Parrish – 6’4″ 190 lbs – (South Aiken, SC to Aquinas)
SO Micah Smith – 5’10” 160 lbs – (Whitefield Academy to Wesleyan)
SO Zy Wright – 6’1″ 165 lbs – (Lincoln County to Aquinas)
SO Chris Williams – 6’7″ 175 lbs – (Grovetown to Aquinas)
JR Trevon Reddish – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Carrollton to ELCA)
SO Austin Gusaeff – 6’6″ 190 lbs – (Dacula to Hebron Christian)
SR Christian Jackson – 6’3″ 160 lbs – (Fulton Leadership Academy to Greenforest)
SR Cam Chavers – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Parkview to Greenforest)
JR KJ Jones – 6’2″ 150 lbs – (Luella to ELCA)
SO Kaleb Jenkins – 6’2″ 150 lbs – (Shiloh to Greenforest)
SR Jaylyn Clark – 5’11” 180 lbs – (Woodland-Stockbridge to Greenforest)

Out-of-GHSA

JR Ryan Greer – 6’1” 170 lbs – (Lovett to Northfield Mount Hermon, MA)
SO Christian Fussell – 6’8″ 180 lbs – (Stockbridge to Holy Spirit Prep)
JR Trae Broadnax – 6’3″ 170 lbs – (Islands to Montverde Academy)
SO Brady Burnett – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (East Coweta to Trinity Christian)
SR Jamie Lewis – 6’3″ 185 lbs – (Westlake to Findlay Prep, NV)
JR Alex Powell – 7’0″ 175 lbs – (Duluth to York Prep, SC)
SR Brevin Ellis – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (McEachern to Cumberland Christian)
JR JaRon Thames – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (South Gwinnett to Trinity Catholic, MO)
SR Drue Drinnon – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Pebblebrook to University School, FL)
SR Trey Doomes – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (Allatoona to University School, FL)
SR Trevin Wade – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (South Cobb to Montverde Academy, FL)
SR Will Richardson – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Liberty County to Oak Hill Academy, VA)
JR Yusef Washington – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Peachtree Ridge to Denver East, CO)
SO Lamar Oden – 6’5″ 180 lbs – (Southwest Atlanta Christian to Holy Spirit Prep)
SR Jamir Williams – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (East Coweta to Trinity Christian)
JR Laqueveus Nelson – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Quitman County to Eufaula, AL)
JR Colby Rogers – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (Newton to Roselle Catholic, NJ)
JR Erick Valdez – 6’7″ 195 lbs – (Dominican Republic to Trinity Christian)
SR Elijah Dudley  – 5’8″ 160 lbs – (Riverwood to St. Louis Christian Academy)
SR Justin Brown – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (Northview to Georgia Prep Academy)
SR Rodney Battle – 6’0″ 170 lbs – (Carver-Columbus to Russell County, AL)

Class AAAAAAA

Jared Jones follows the A.O.T. pipeline and will bring his post presence to McEachern to pair up with shot-blocking specialist Babatunde Akingbola to form the most formidable frontcourt in the state with Isaac Okoro starring at small forward.

DJ Williams transferred to Grayson during the school year’s second semester. He adds an athletic lead guard that can push the tempo in transition and has the body to become a plus-defender his senior season.

The mass exodus has begun at Parkview as Shiloh pilfers the Panthers for brothers Justin and Truitt Spencer along with Class AAAAAAA Freshman of the Year, Toneari Lane. The Spencers give coach Kim Rivers interchangeable pieces in the backcourt which provide depth and replace TJ Stargell while Lane is a cornerstone player over his final three seasons. Lane’s versatility on the wing and high ceiling will help a Shiloh team which lost it’s direction last year with a disappointing 16-13 finish. For Parkview, it is a tough pill to swallow for a young group that looked prime to breakthrough over the next two seasons.

Known for landing good guards, Pebblebrook attempts to reload and replace Collin Sexton with Alexander combo guard Grant Howard. Howard, 6-foot-3, possesses good size and scoring touch. He averaged over 17 points per game with the Cougars. Howard is a popular name among Low Major and Mid-Major programs. In Pebblebrook’s free flowing offense, Howard may be a fine fit to flourish his senior season.

Ian Hardy brings versatility and athleticism to the Discovery backcourt. Hardy began his career at Berkmar and now will be asked to play a big role with the Titans.

Mandarius Dickerson leaves Southwest DeKalb for Collins Hill after leading the Panthers in scoring at 14 points per game while adding on 4.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals. Mandarius is part of a four-man group of 2018 seniors who have decided to leave Southwest before their final season. Dickerson has been on a tear with Heat Check over the summer months. Dickerson is a good shooter from deep and has worked on slashing to and finishing around the basket.

With a chance to take over at Southwest Atlanta Christian after a large 2017 graduating class including DeAundrae Ballard departing, Koby Isaac is now on the move to his third school in three seasons. Isaac has shown flashes of promise over his career and averaged 6.3 points per game at SACA as a sophomore.

Coming off their best season in school history which included a Region 6 championship, Mountain View looks to carry their momentum by returning their starting backcourt and adding Nahiem Alleyne. The former South Gwinnett guard provides a versatile high-upside piece to relieve the scoring load placed on Spencer Rodgers and Miles Long. The Bear backcourt bolsters one of the state’s best cohesive groups flaunted experience and chemistry. A true sizable post presence is the one element Mountain View currently lacks.

Terence Porter has all the intangibles to have a breakthrough senior season at Grayson. At 6-foot-7, the athletically built Porter is a combo forward. He can rebound the ball but must improve on his ability to finish through contact at the rim. He has spent the summer with Team Power where he primarily worked the high post on offense. Porter provides Coach Geoffrey Pierce more length to pair with junior Kenyon Jackson inside after graduating Gerald Buncum. If Porter can buy into his role and continue to improve, the Rams once again could have one of Gwinnett’s best one-two combos on the glass.

Currently ranked a three-star point guard by 247Sports and the No. 5 prospect in Alabama by HoopSeen, Tony Johnson is heading to Berkmar after starring at Eufaula, AL. Johnson played this offseason with the Southern Stampede, coached by recent Patriot graduate and current Indiana Hoosier, Al Durham’s father. Johnson is an aggressive scorer that will have an opportunity to take the reigns at Berkmar, who seeks a new leader after a large graduating class.

After spending a year away at Huntington Prep, Elias King returns to his home school of Shiloh for his junior season. Currently ranked as a four-star recruit by 247Sports, King is a 6-foot-7 guard that thrives in transition when making decisions with the ball in his hands. Already a skilled passer, King can also fill it up from all three levels. He instantly becomes one of Georgia’s top 2019 prospects and returns to a talented Shiloh roster which already has added 2016-17 Class AAAAAAA Freshman of the Year Toneari Lane along with Parkview teammates Justin and Truitt Spencer.

Norcross has replaced the outgoing duo of Rayshaun Hammonds and Lance Thomas with Issa Muhammad. Muhammad, 6-foot-9 with an interesting skill-set, is tabbed as a three-star recruit by Rivals. With a Georgia Tech offer already in hand heading into his junior season, as a sophomore Muhammad appeared on the scene at Lakeside-DeKalb and averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He parlayed his play into a spot on the powerful Game Elite 2019 team which played up on the Adidas Uprising circuit. With Game Elite, his playing time and production fluctuated. Now heading into 2017-18, Muhammad will have an opportunity to continue to grow his game and find his niche with one of Georgia’s most consistent programs.

One of the best shooters in the 2020 class, Kevon Eskridge, is heading to Norcross after spending his freshman season at Columbia. In Year 1, Eskridge wasted no time making an impact, ranking third in DeKalb County in three-point shooting, nailing 63-of-141 attempts for a 45% mark. Eskridge is a fearless shooter that can take over games when hot. He will join fellow sophomore Brandon Boston in the Blue Devils backcourt, possibly the best 2020 guard duo in the state.

Dunwoody loses its leading scorer, 6-foot senior Ty Lilly, to South Gwinnett. Lilly led the Wildcats at 11.6 points per game, while adding on 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2 steals a night. He was instrumental in upsetting Alpharetta in the Region 7-AAAAAA semifinals, scoring 22 points, collecting 7 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Lilly should provide Coach Ty Anderson with an experienced ball-handler to pair with South Gwinnett’s improving backcourt.

Pebblebrook adds Region 3-AAAAA First Teamer Josh Graham to the mix. The wing averaged over 15 points per game at Whitewater.

Class AAAAAA

Habersham Central gets a shot in the arm in new head coach Jeremy York along with three transfers who will make most of their impact on the football field, but still will add value on the hardwood. Brothers AJ and Donnie Curry come over from Stephens County. At 6-foot-6, AJ is a wiry athlete that can protect the paint and chip in on offense thanks to his ability to get out and run. Jim Barnett joins from Gainesville and brings a new dimension of toughness to the 1-23 Raiders.

Joshua Archer heads to Heritage-Conyers after the Patriots graduate a handful of college guards. Archer has big game experience from his time at Southwest DeKalb and should see plenty of opportunities to flourish his senior season under coach Vernon Denmark.

South Paulding receives a boost in the scoring department as Region 5 rival Cameron Armstrong moves in from Alexander. The 6-foot-2 combo guard can put the ball in the basket. He has put up big numbers over the past two summers with Team Forrest and started to show flashes of his capabilities this year with the Cougars. With a large 2017 class filing out of South Paulding, Armstrong could slide in and become one of coach Gil Davis’ leading scorers right away. Armstrong is a streaky three-point shooter that can carry a team at times, but he will have to lock in defensively over his final two seasons to reach his full potential.

6-foot-11 center Richard Rivers is rumored to be on the move to Dunwoody. Rivers lacks varsity experience, but he is a big body that can clog up the lane. He played for BCB last year before joining the Atlanta Xpress this season.

After winning a state title with First Presbyterian Christian Academy in the GISA in 2015-16, All-State wing Isaiah Scott and point guard Simon Steele move over to try their hand at the GHSA with Bradwell Institute. The Tigers won 6 games in 2015-16 and flashed major signs of improvement early on last year with a 5-1 start, but ultimately finished the season missing out on the Class AAAAAA playoffs with an 11-12 mark. Scott is a wiry scorer that should be among the Tigers’ leading scorers from Day 1 while Steele adds ball handling and team chemistry. The two will join Coastal Crew Rebels teammate Javonte LeCounte who averaged 12.1 points as a sophomore.

First Presbyterian Christian Academy is officially drained as Khalyn Weekley becomes the third player to move to the GHSA at Bradwell Institute. Weekley exploded onto the scene with his play at the Norman Parker Showcase. He is an aggressive point guard with college size. Weekley attacks the basket going downhill while still maintaining a respectable three-point shot and also the ability to get his teammates involved. Weekley’s will to win coupled with some familiar faces could help him cement himself as a D1 player and one of the best 2018 guards in Georgia all while thrusting the Tigers into the postseason picture.

In a potential state altering move in Class AAAAAA, 6-foot-6 sophomore Quincy Ademokoya is off to Dacula after spending his freshman season at Normal West High School in Chicago.  Scouts from the area love his potential and say his motor runs hot. He projects to be an advanced defender and already holds an offer from DePaul. He is visiting both Illinois and Southern Illinois in June. His versatile size added to an already strong returning backcourt makes Dacula interesting contender for 2017-18.

Lakeside-Evans bolsters its backcourt firepower with the addition of Tyshun Briscoe. Briscoe comes in from Richmond Academy with a similar scoring mindset to that of lead dog Kalen Williams. Briscoe is a microwave from beyond the arc that can score in bunches. He will start alongside Williams his sophomore season.

Messiah Thompson returns to North Atlanta after seeing limited time at Pebblebrook. Thompson instantly becomes the number one option. He is the engine for the Warriors and will have everything run through him. Thompson has good court vision and can create his own shot. His size will hurt his recruitment, but Thompson has an advanced feel for the game.

Brenden Tucker makes an in-county move from Archer to Dacula for his junior season and in the process bolsters the Falcons’ backcourt, making it possibly the strongest on paper in Class AAAAAA. Tucker used an electric first-step to average a team-best 14.2 points per game with the Tigers while adding 3.2 assists and 1.7 steals a night. Tucker will fit in alongside point guard Mekhail Bethea, Class 6A 2016-17 Most Improved Player Arusha Hunter and Reggie Horton.

After losing Malachi Rhodes back to ELCA, Langston Hughes instead gets the second scoring option they’ll need to repeat as state champs in the form of Team Wall forward Tyler Smith. Smith comes in from Panther Creek, NC where he averaged 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds as a bruising 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior forward. Smith spent his final summer traveling the nation with Team Wall where he showcased his physicality and nimble footwork along the baseline. His jump shot is still improving as he currently butters his bread in the paint and attacking the rim from the mid-range and in, with the ability to knock down the open shot. Smith enters one of Georgia’s more competitive regions where toughness will win games.

Class AAAAA

After taking a trip to the Sweet 16 in Class AAAAA, Starr’s Mill will look to replace Zach Pina who makes the 6.5 mile move to play at neighboring rival McIntosh. Pina won Freshman of the Year his first season with the Panthers and followed up by averaging 15.9 points as a sophomore and 12.3 as a junior. He brings experience and a knack for scoring the ball to a McIntosh team which should be much improved after undergoing a rebuilding season.

For the second season in a row, a Mountain View Bear transfers to Buford. This time it is Brandon Green. The 6-foot-5 forward has yet to make a major impact on the varsity level and will try to put his versatile skill set to use in coach Eddie Martin’s system. Green averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds as a part of Mountain View’s Region 6-AAAAAAA championship team.

Jalen Jackson brings over size and plenty growth to Cedar Shoals after seeing quality minutes as a freshman at Lincoln County. Jackson, who is expected to grow upwards of 6-foot-6 when all is said and done, is a tough rebounder who averaged 7 points and 6 rebounds in Region 7-A.

Miller Grove adds veteran lead guard TJ Stargell to handle the point guard duties. The Wolverines went through some growing pains at times last year with a young backcourt and should be better for it this season. Stargell brings a true pass-first mentality to the roster with plenty of big game experience already under his belt from his days at Shiloh.

Athens Christian will try to survive a devastating blow as Quincy Canty departs for Cedar Shoals. At 6-foot-5, Canty was an All-Region performer and the Eagles’ leading scorer as a freshman forward. Athens Christian was set to open the season as one of Class A-Private’s top programs, but with the bouncy and physical forward gone, they will now seek a new No. 1 option. For Cedar Shoals, they get an impact player to build around after graduating an important senior class which included Charleston Southern-signee Phlan Fleming.

Tyler Johnson has followed Quincy Canty to Cedar Shoals after initially the duo looked like the long term answer for Athens Christian and seemingly had the ability to thrust the Eagles deep into the state playoff picture. Instead, they will suit up for the Jaguars. Johnson is a talented guard who plays much larger than his size, often leading to stuffed stat sheets. He can get red-hot from beyond the arc, but also can do damage in the paint. The sophomore is a very good rebounder for his size and is a pest on defense.

Jalen Mason returns home to Woodland-Henry and has a chance to immediately make the team his and truly cement himself as a Division I point guard. At 6-foot-3, Mason is an explosive athlete who has played against elite level competition while at Miller Grove and with the Georgia Stars. Mason averaged 6.3 points per game with the Wolverines while sharing time in a crowded backcourt. Now at Woodland, Mason should see his production skyrocket heading into his upperclassman seasons.  Mason possesses quick lateral movements and can get into the lane. He has a quality three-point shot and has the intangibles to become a high-caliber perimeter defender.

The No. 12 ranked small forward in Georgia, Terrance Boykin, will suit up for Maynard Jackson his final season after starring at Columbia. At 6-foot-7, Boykin has shown the ability to play point-forward. The versatile D-I prospect averaged 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists (second in DeKalb County). At Maynard Jackson, Boykin will be expected to showcase his scoring more consistently in Coach Travis Williams’ system.

After winning just 2 games at Ola last season, scoring guard Terrynce Jackson has transferred from the outhouse to the penthouse by joining Stockbridge. Jackson garnered Region 4-AAAAA Second Team honors as he led the Mustangs in scoring at 18.9 points per game. The lefty will provide Stockbridge with more scoring around D-I recruit Kavonte Ivery.

Class AAAA

Salem lands a physical piece to the puzzle in former Southwest DeKalb Panther Tabias Long. The 6-foot-5 forward has an athletic build that he uses to bully opponents or rise over them for clean looks. He averaged 4.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in Southwest’s balanced offense. While at Salem, he may be asked to score the ball more and stuff the stat sheet.

Baldwin plucks away two of Milledgeville’s better players in Georgia Military College’s Justin Webb and Zae SimpsonWebb is a 6-foot-6 combo forward entering his junior season. Last year with the Bulldogs he averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds. Webb is a sleeper in the 2019 class, but with Buck Harris coaching him up, Harris may be able to pull out his potential. Webb will need to get tougher as he has had a tendency to shy away from physicality. Simpson saw limited minutes at GMC, but could provide good rotational minutes for the Braves.

The future of Class AAAA potentially has changed if not this year but for the long-term as Landmark Christian legacy Walker Kessler has transferred to Woodward Academy, who already has reigning Class AAAA Freshman of the Year, dual-sport standout 6-foot-5 Jacorrei Turner, in place. While at Landmark Christian, the 6-foot-10 rising sophomore averaged 15.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3 blocks per game on his way to earning All-State Honorable Mention. Kessler is widely regarded as the most skilled 2020 big man the state has to offer. Kessler’s father, uncle and older brother all played for the Georgia Bulldogs, his dad drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. Kessler spent the summer with the 15U Atlanta Celtics where he showcased his soft touch which extends to beyond the three-point line and his ability to alter shots and rebound at a high clip.  The Woodward Academy Eagles now have an accumulation of young talent that could be ready to come to fruition in a classification which is wide open behind reigning state champion Upson-Lee and runner-up St. Pius. A frontline of Kessler, Turner and 6-foot-8 2019 forward Kevin Powell is the best the class has to offer.

Class AAA

Tay Howard makes the move from Madison County to East Jackson to help out on the perimeter. Howard was an All-Area Honorable Mention selection last year. His 6-foot-4 length on defense causes problems for smaller guards, leading to steals and transition opportunities. He will have two seasons to continue to grow his game as East Jackson takes the next step during their rebuild.

Cedar Grove gets help at point guard in the form of rising senior Keshun Byrd. Byrd averaged 10.1 points and 3.4 assists at Maynard Jackson. He will share the ball handling duties with junior Devon Barnes.

Savannah-power Jenkins adds senior guard Matt Sams from Savannah High and 6-foot-7 junior Lamont Sams from Johnson-Savannah. Matt led the Bluejackets in scoring at 14.9 points per game while Lamont averaged 3.1 points backing up Amanze Ngumezi. Lamont is still raw but he has length and confidence to shoot from three in the corners. Both Sams will have an immediate opportunity to contribute for the Warriors.

Class AA

The addition of Isaiah Bauman strengthens a Glenn Hills backcourt that takes a hit with graduation. Bauman moves 9.7 miles to join a Spartans group that saw a 13-game win increase this past season. Bauman is an aggressive scorer with a dog mentality. Bauman has had a strong summer with Sports Academy South as the team’s leading scorer and consistent All-Tournament performer at HoopSeen events. He and Eric Farmer could compose of one of Augusta’s better backcourts which still has 6-foot-8 Timmy Sellers anchoring the paint.

Class A

Daniel Parrish brings confidence and versatility to the Aquinas frontcourt with the ability to play positions 3 thru 5. Though he has an unorthodox left-handed stroke, Parrish can knock down threes when left open, hitting a a 35% clip while averaging 13.6 points and 8 rebounds.

Zy Wright heads to rival Aquinas after spending his freshman season at Lincoln County. Wright came on strong when his team needed him the most, averaging 24 points per game in the postseason, dropping in 26 points in a Sweet 16 loss at Treutlen. Wright comes from good bloodlines, his mother the leading scorer in Lincoln County history and a D-I player herself.

Trevon Reddish moves from Carrollton to ELCA. The rising junior is a talented guard that plays above the rim and can hunt his own shot. He can score from all three levels and likes to use his size to his advantage on the block against smaller defenders. Reddish has seen major minutes over his early career and brings experience into his final two seasons. The Chargers are on the rise in Class A-Private after winning 20 games with a young team.

With their roster in flux, the two-time defending Class A-Private state champs Greenforest have added Parkview sharpshooter Cam Chavers. The 5-foot-11 senior averaged 8 points per game as a junior after leading the Panthers as a sophomore at 10.3. Chavers provides an off-ball floor stretcher that can open up the interior for Greenforest’s bigs down low.

Out-of-GHSA

Trinity Christian over in the GISA gets a good one in Brady Burnett. The 6-foot-4 forward comes over from neighboring East Coweta and brings with him a diverse skill set at the stretch position. With the ability to put the ball on the deck and finish with both hands, Burnett also possesses a soft touch which can extend out to the three-point line in time.

Lovett’s Ryan Greer heads up north to Massachusetts to Northfield Mount Hermon. Greer was possibly the state’s most underappreciated guard, a scorer and leader of the Lions.

Jalyn McCreary: The best player you WON’T be able to watch this year

Here we go again.

After the emotion-filled Isaac Kellum saga at McIntosh last season, it seems like common sense is escaping the GHSA yet again. This time the situation revolves around 6-foot-6 sophomore Jalyn McCreary. Haven’t heard of him? You’re not the only one.

McCreary’s case is much different than Kellum’s from a year ago, but still the ruling is a bitter pill to swallow for those involved.

McCreary, who has lived in the Kennesaw Mountain zoning district since 2008, decided to attend Wheeler his freshman year. McCreary’s mother, Kristie Gordon, explained why in her hardship letter which is attached below.

“I am a Cobb County employee and my son began his freshman year at Wheeler High School on the school choice. I chose this method (school choice instead of employee choice) because I wanted the decision to send Jalyn to Wheeler to be only possible through the intervention of God. So when school choice opened I submitted an application just as any other Cobb County parent. The slots at Wheeler were limited and to our surprise Jalyn was selected to attend.”

Things went sour when McCreary was involved in an altercation involving two other students on January 26 in the school cafeteria.

“I received a phone call from Mr. Jones (Assistant Principal) and he described a fight and indicated that Jalyn had been involved. I was floored. Jalyn had never been in a fight and was still very new to the school. I asked him if he was okay and if I could speak to my son. At that time, I was placed on speaker phone and Jalyn described purchasing glasses from a student for twenty dollars and later being approached from behind by two boys he did not know while eating his lunch. His exact words were, ‘I was jumped momma.’”

Back Home

Gordon felt like the best decision was to withdraw Jalyn after weeks of back and forth with the school district and reenrolled him to Kennesaw Mountain in February where he finished out the school year.

McCreary, back to his normal routine with lifelong friends, got back to the basketball court this summer with the Mustangs before receiving the call that he was ineligible and his hardship was denied. The GHSA ruled that he cannot play varsity this year and must spend his season on the junior varsity, potentially stymieing his development.

Bad Optics

Both McCreary and Gordon would be the first to admit that attending Wheeler over Kennesaw Mountain was a poor choice, but the fact that he is ruled ineligible is not a good look for the GHSA.

With over 93 transfers collected for this upcoming season, it always seems that the GHSA puts the kibosh on the most logical movement.

  1. He still lives in the KMHS district
  2. His mother is a school counselor
  3. He withdrew after being the victim in a fracas
  4. He finished the 2015-16 school year at KMHS

It looks even worse that Wheeler has seven transfers in – from all over the country, some committing via YouTube – but when a player leaves the school, he isn’t cleared.

There needs to be a case by case basis where everything is taken into account.

The GHSA has become the Wild Wild West with player movement as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. The fact that McCreary must sit out a year after emerging as a game-changing talent is a disappointing outcome for him, his family and Kennesaw Mountain.

Don’t Forget

Jalyn McCreary likely won’t play varsity basketball this year after Kennesaw Mountain, Gordon and everyone involved have exhausted all avenues of justice. McCreary isn’t the first and won’t be last student-athlete that gets the short end of the stick when it comes to GHSA rulings.

While it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel as far as eligibility goes, McCreary’s eye-opening play at the HoopSeen Fall Preview has opened doors for him moving forward. He landed a spot on the EYBL Southern Stampede’s 2019 team following the conclusion of the upcoming high school season.

In a matchup with one of the nation’s top ranked sophomores, Terry Armstrong (who moved into Wheeler from Michigan this summer), McCreary cemented his upside posting 23 points and nine rebounds. Whenever the lanky lefty is cleared to play, he will make an immediate statewide impact at Kennesaw Mountain and will become a name college coaches need to take notice of.

 

Hardship Letter sent to the GHSA:

May 18, 2016

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing this letter of request for a hardship in order for my son, Jalyn McCreary, to be eligible to play varsity sports this upcoming 2016-17 school year at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Just to give you some history, I am a Cobb County employee and my son began his freshman year at Wheeler High School on the school choice. I chose this method (school choice instead of employee choice) because I wanted the decision to send Jalyn to Wheeler to be only possible through the intervention of God. So when school choice opened I submitted an application just as any other Cobb County parent. The slots at Wheeler were limited and to our surprise Jalyn was selected to attend. We were hesitant but as parents trusted that this must be what was intended for his future.

However a very unfortunate incident took place in January that changed our outlook on everything. The incident occurred on January 26th in the school cafeteria.  I received a phone call from Mr. Jones (Assistant Principal) and he described a fight and indicated that Jalyn had been involved. I was floored. Jalyn had never been in a fight and was still very new to the school.  I asked him if he was okay and if I could speak to my son. At that time, I was placed on speaker phone and Jalyn described purchasing glasses from a student for twenty dollars and later being approached from behind by two boys he did not know while eating his lunch. His exact words were, “I was jumped momma.” My initial response was to scold Jalyn for being disobedient. We have a rule in our home that there is absolutely no buying or trading with students at school. This is a common thing but something we did not want Jalyn to participate in because of the potential to cause confusion. It was then that I asked Mr. Jones if this was true and he said “yes, that is pretty accurate”. I asked if I needed to leave work and pick up Jalyn and I was told because of his calm demeanor he could stay and finish the day. However from my knowledge the other students were required to leave because of their actions in initiating this event.  An hour later, I arrived to pick up Jalyn and he was leaving ISS. I approached the office and requested to see Mr. Jones. When he arrived I asked to view the video footage where my son was jumped. I was told that should not be a problem and that he would get back to me the following day. The next day, I was told I could not view the tape because of the rights of the other parents. I asked them to check with other parents and I was never contacted again about it until I reached out to higher authorities. I then requested to speak to Mr. Giles (school principal). I was later contacted by him and he begin to verbalize what he viewed on the tape. He said my son was seated and two gentlemen approached him. At this time, Jalyn was put in a headlock and glasses were ripped off of his face by an unknown student. Jalyn’s face was cut by this assault and his shirt was ripped. Understandably, he proceeded to stand up to defend himself. When he stood up, the second student shoved him to the ground from behind.

Ultimately, Jalyn was given the same consequences as the other students, I totally disagreed with this decision because he has attended Cobb County schools since 2nd grade and has never been suspended from school. Jalyn has always been described as the “gentle giant” by his teachers and is even still described as having a pretty impressive moral compass. He was a part of the Mustang Leadership Academy at Hayes Elementary and a part of the Amigos Leadership Academy at Pine Mountain Middle. For this reason, I was disappointed and decided to advocate for his reputation and most importantly his FUTURE. The outcome was grim and nothing changed as we approached day 6 of the suspension.

Following this event, I received contact from teachers and parents in the community expressing their regret that something like this happened to Jalyn. I notified the school about possible retaliation and accusations of gang affiliation too from individuals in the community. In the end, I was still denied the right to view the video of my son and the story changed from person to person each time it was recollected. There was very little consistency. However, the part that never wavered is that Jalyn was put in a headlock and violently shoved to the ground before he responded. In my opinion, this is a clear indicator of bullying and intimidation. As I described to administration, Jalyn is asthmatic and is medicated for this daily and if that headlock had gone wrong or been too long, we could be discussing much more than a fight.

Fearful of Jalyn being labeled, I continued to have email and phone communication with Mr. Ragsdale (CCSD Superintendent), Dr. Daniels (CCSD Assistant Superintendent), Dr. Giles, and Mr. Jones. I also refused to sign the write up of the disciplinary action because it indicated that Jalyn was involved in a fight. It never indicated that he was victim of a premeditated attack by these unknown students. I requested school mediation with the school counselor per my emails. I was told that boys will be boys and that we didn’t need to rehash something that the kids were already past. I was also told that none of this was an attempt to label my otherwise “good” student and that no one would look at Jalyn differently. Jalyn returned back to school for a little over a week with no issue and then we received a notification from the Cobb County Juvenile Courts. At this time, I felt the need to withdraw Jalyn from Wheeler and take him to his home school, Kennesaw Mountain. This decision was made because even through all of our communications, the school and CCSD in no way contacted me or revealed to me that they would be putting my son through this. They were very evasive about what occurred on that day and what would follow for my child. With our backs in a corner we hired an attorney and reported to court. At the court proceeding one of the other parents discussed watching the video footage with administration and clearly seeing that Jalyn was a victim. Her son even admitted to Jalyn paying for the glasses. At this time, the charges of affray and disruption of a public school were thrown out and the mom requested additional community service for her son and apologized profusely to Jalyn. The other student involved was given probation.

After hearing from her that the same administration that denied me seeing the footage sat down with her to view the footage, I knew I made the right choice by withdrawing him. Children die in schools all the time and I continuously expressed to all that I spoke to the need for my son to stand his ground and to be safe every day that he is outside of my care and protection. Sadly, the school policies are completely contradictory to the state law.

When I asked what Jalyn could have done differently, I was told he could have went and found a staff member to assist. I guess they were referring to the same staff members who were supervising this cafeteria when my son’s health and safety was initially put in danger. At this point other than loving the opportunity to participate in a basketball program with his AAU teammates there was nothing good I could attribute to his attendance at Wheeler. The most unfortunate thing is that Jalyn enjoyed playing on the freshman team there and had great stats on his first season of high school basketball. Another unfortunate thing is that because of the transition at the time he transitioned, Jalyn will now be required to attend summer school in order to have sophomore status next year.

Since enrolling at Kennesaw Mountain in February, Jalyn has made much better grades and adjusted well. I am sure the reason for this is that he has known most of the students since 2nd grade. The final step in putting this behind us would be for this hardship to be granted in order for him to go on as planned in the world of basketball.

Jalyn was not at all recruited by Kennesaw but has played basketball since he was 5 years old and it is a major part of our lives. Although, the fight was unfortunate we have reflected back on it with a different perspective. We feel that Jalyn needed to learn a lesson of resilience and overcoming adversity and he has done just that.  Due to the fact that we have lived at the same address for several years and he has been a part of this community for so long, we are hopeful that he will be approved to play this next season and not have to suffer through another consequence for something out of his control. However we are prepared to find the “teachable moment” in this process as well, and if not in our favor we are still appreciative of the opportunity to share our story and be given consideration. Jalyn will not give up but continue with relentless tenacity to achieve his goals no matter the outcome.

            My Sincere Thanks,

                        Kristie Gordon

2016-17 GHSA Basketball Transfer List

Here is a rundown of some transfers I have heard through the grapevine and a summary of what the additions mean. If you know of anymore or any that are incorrect, please shoot me a tweet @KyleSandy355, leave a comment or email KyleSandy355@gmail.com

Thanks!

Class AAAAAAA

JR Dylin Hardeman – 6’3” 170 lbs – (St. Francis to Woodstock)
SR Brian Coffey Jr. – 6’1” 170 lbs – (GAC to Shiloh)
SR Brandon Blair – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Duluth to Shiloh)
JR Joseph Toppin – 6’6” 190 lbs – (Meadowcreek to Norcross)
SR Jordan Ferguson – 6’2″ 248 lbs – (St. Francis to Norcross)
SR Jordan Usher – 6’6” 205 lbs – (Sequoyah to Wheeler)
JR EJ Montgomery – 6’9” 210 lbs – (Montverde, FL to Wheeler)
SO Terry Armstrong – 6’6” 180 lbs – (Carman-Ainsworth, MI to Wheeler)
JR Brandon Younger – 6’6” 175 lbs – (Mt. Pisgah to Wheeler)
JR Austin Johnson – 6’8” 210 lbs – (McEachern to Wheeler)
SR Jordan Tucker – 6’7″ 207 lbs – (Archbishop Stepinac, NY to Wheeler)
SO Isaac Martin – 6’5” 185 lbs – (McEachern to Wheeler)
JR Dontarius Carter – 6’4” 195 lbs – (Cherokee to Kennesaw Mountain)
JR Drue Drinnon – 6’0” 170 lbs – (East Jackson to Pebblebrook)
SO Jared Jones – 6’9” 230 lbs – (Potter’s House, FL to Pebblebrook)
SR Elias Harden – 6’6” 180 lbs – (Sandy Creek to Pebblebrook)
SO Messiah Thompson – 5’8 147 lbs (North Atlanta to Pebblebrook)
JR Julian Larrieu – 5’9” 155 lbs – (Dacula to Collins Hill)
SR JaQuan Morris – 6’2” 170 lbs – (Central Gwinnett to Collins Hill)
JR Caleb Holifield – 6’3” 185 lbs – (Pace Academy to Peachtree Ridge)
JR Travis Anderson – 6’0” 170 lbs – (East Jackson to Grayson)
SR Aaron Rowe – 6’2” 165 lbs – (Parkview to Grayson)
SO Reco Hallmon – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (East Jackson to Grayson)
SR Gerald Buncum – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Jack Britt, NC to Grayson)
SR Isaiah Miller – 6’0” 165 lbs – (Eastside to Newton)
JR Amari Kelly – 6’7” 243 lbs – (Brookwood to Meadowcreek)
JR Cory Hightower – 6’7″ 175 lbs – (Brookwood to Meadowcreek)
SO Jamir Chaplin – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (Stephenson to Meadowcreek)
JR Daylan Smith – 6’0″ 165 lbs – (Centennial to Duluth)
SR Jaylen Morgan – 6’4″ 170 lbs – (East Jackson to Central Gwinnett)
SR Cameron Starkes – 5’11” 150 lbs – (Druid Hills to Lakeside-DeKalb)
SO Jalyn McCreary – 6’6″ 180 lbs – (Wheeler to Kennesaw Mountain)
FR Christian Wright – 6’3″ 170 lbs – (Holy Spirit Prep to Milton)
JR Ulyric Wright – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Texas to Milton)

Class AAAAAA

JR Landers Nolley II – 6’6” 205 lbs – (Curie, IL to Langston Hughes)
SO Jeremiah Sanabria – 6’5” 170 lbs – (Columbus to Allatoona)
SR Ellis Merriweather – 6’2” 200 lbs – (King’s Ridge to Alpharetta)
SO Brandon Barron – 5’10” 165 lbs – (Westlake to Alpharetta)
JR Justin Brown – 6’1” 165 lbs – (Milton to Northview)
JR Andrew Stimpson – 6’1” 165 lbs – (Etowah to North Atlanta)
SR Ma’Kel Wallace – 6’0” 170 lbs – (Veterans to Houston County)
SR Joshua Cammon – 6’3” 195 lbs – (Eastside to Tucker)
JR Jon Young – 6’4” 175 lbs – (Westlake to New Manchester)
JR Tyson Jackson – 6’7” 190 lbs – (Whitefield Academy to Creekside)
JR Jarrel Rosser – 6’6” 180 lbs – (Newnan to Gainesville)
JR Jarred Rosser – 6’6” 180 lbs – (Newnan to Gainesville)
JR KaJuan Hale – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Austin-East, TN to Gainesville)
FR Knowledge Ruben – 6’5” 210 lbs – (Texas to South Paulding)
SR Jaylon Terrell – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (Lovejoy to Jonesboro)
SR DL Hall – 6’2″ 170 lbs – (Houston County to Valdosta)
JR Dequavious Bell  – 6’1″ 160 lbs – (Whitefield Academy to New Manchester)
SO Joesph Jones – 5’7″ 150 lbs – (Maplewood-Richmond Heights, MO to Northview)
SR Clayvon Croom – 6’4″ 200 lbs – (McEachern to Mays)

Class AAAAA

JR David Viti – 6’5” 195 lbs – (Lambert to Buford)
SO Donell Nixon II – 5’8″ 150 lbs – (Mountain View to Buford)
SO Marcus Watson – 6’6” 210 lbs – (West Forsyth, NC to Buford)
SO Karston Miller – 6’1” 170 lbs – (North Gwinnett to Buford)
JR Will Richter – 6’2” 160 lbs – (St. Francis to Johnson-Gainesville)
JR Jermon Clark – 6’6” 220 lbs – (Arabia Mountain to Miller Grove)
SR Mohammed Abubukar – 6’8” 225 lbs – (Hamilton Heights, TN to Eagle’s Landing)
JR Brandon Thomas – 6’3” 170 lbs – (Locust Grove to Eagle’s Landing)
SR Kenton Eskridge – 6’2” 195 lbs – (Tucker to Columbia)
SR Reyhan Cobb – 6’7” 190 lbs – (Pius XI, WI to Columbia)
FR Joshua Taylor – 6’6″ 175 lbs – (Holy Spirit Prep to Columbia)
JR Champ Dawson – 6’2” 180 lbs – (First Presbyterian Day to Warner Robins)

Class AAAA

JR Kennedy Willis – 6’7” 190 lbs – (Therrell to St. Pius)
JR Troy Stephens – 6’1” 160 lbs – (GAC to St. Pius)
SR Eric Williams – 6’3” 180 lbs – (Fayette County to Sandy Creek)
SR Khalid Wilkins – 6’0” 175 lbs – (Mt. Vernon Presbyterian to Sandy Creek)
JR Lincoln Smith – 6’4″ 175 lbs – (Columbus to Shaw)
SR Avery Showell – 6’2” 195 lbs – (St. Francis to Cartersville)

Class AAA

SR Trey Foster – 6’2” 176 lbs – (Rutland to Westside-Macon)
SR Jaylyne Brown – 5’9” 160 lbs – (Rutland to Westside-Macon)
SR Kentrevious Jones – 6’11” 285 lbs – (Central-Macon to Westside-Macon)
JR Kylan Hill – 6’3” 180 lbs – (Jones County to Central-Macon)
SR Dalton Smith – 5’11” 180 lbs – (Rogers, AR to Bremen)
JR Brice Paster – 6’2″ 193 lbs – (Lamar County to Peach County)
SO Tyrin Lawrence – 6’3″ 170 lbs – (Monticello to Morgan County)
SR Perrell Brisbane – 6’2″ 175 lbs – (Long County to Pierce County)
JR Jace Bonds 
– 6’1″ 165 lbs – (Oconee County to East Jackson)
SR Myles Walker – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (Windsor Forest to Jenkins)

Class AA

SR Christian Robinson – 5’10” 185 lbs – (Westside-Augusta to Butler)
SR Javier Flohr – 5’11” 160 lbs – (Grovetown to Harlem)
SR Laberton Sims Jr. – 6’4” 180 lbs – (Tift County to Toombs County)
FR Julius Sims – 6’1” 160 lbs – (Tift County to Toombs County)

Class A

SR Mo Merritt – 6’7” 195 lbs – (Sprayberry to North Cobb Christian)
JR Trent Bowdre – 5’10” 140 lbs – (Grovetown to Aquinas)
JR Dajuan Hill – 6’5” 190 lbs – (Cross Creek to Aquinas)
JR Jelani Shakir – 5’10” 170 lbs – (Harker Heights, TX to Aquinas)
SO Koby Isaac – 6’2” 170 lbs – (Norcross to Southwest Atlanta Christian)
SR David Quimby – 6’3″ 190 lbs – (Dougherty to Greenforest)
SR Cameron Evans – 6’6″ 215 lbs – (Chattooga to Darlington)
JR Oliver Oden – 6’3″ 175 lbs – (North Atlanta Christian Flight to Mt. Vernon Presbyterian)
JR Ward Phillips – 6’1″ 170 lbs – (North Atlanta Christian Flight to Mt. Vernon Presbyterian)
JR Corey Myart – 6’7″ 195 lbs – (Duluth to Mt. Vernon Presbyterian)

Out-of-GHSA

SR Nick Hargrove – 6’0” 172 lbs – (Southwest-Macon to New Rock Prep)
SR JJ Smith – 6’4” 190 lbs – (Pebblebrook to North Carolina)
SR Jaylin Wimberly – 6’3” 165 lbs – (Lee County to Terrell Academy)
JR Gabe Bryant – 6’8” 210 lbs – (Dawson County to Dorman, SC)
SR Zach Butler – 6’5″ 180 lbs – (Norcross to Dorman, SC)
JR Juwan White – 6’0” 180 lbs – (Dacula to Norman North, OK)
SR Tajah Fraley – 6’3″ 180 lbs – (Shiloh to 22ft Academy, SC)
JR Tolu Jacobs – 7’0″ 275 lbs – (King’s Ridge to California)
SR Michael Durr – 6’9″ 220 lbs – (Jonesboro to Oldsmar Christian, FL)
SO Elias King – 6’6″ 185 lbs – (Shiloh to Huntington Prep, WV)
SO Jaykwon Walton – 6’4″ 165 lbs – (Northside-Columbus to Carver-Montgomery, AL)

Class AAAAAAA

Last season Region 3-AAAAAA ruled supreme as Westlake defeated Pebblebrook in the state championship game. Westlake transformed itself from a 13-15 team into a 27-4 powerhouse thanks to the transfer circuit. This season, Region 2-AAAAAAA is loaded as the arms race has begun between Pebblebrook and Wheeler.

Pebblebrook and Wheeler have been among the busiest teams this offseason trying to catch up to Westlake. Pebblebrook has landed consensus High Major D-I talents in Drue Drinnon, Jared Jones and Elias Harden (Xavier) to surround superstar Collin Sexton.

Drinnon is as experienced of a junior as they come, posting big numbers since his freshman year at East Jackson. The point guard will now be asked to distribute the ball to the weapons around him. Drinnon was named Sandy’s Spiel Class AAA Best Scorer and was a First Team All-State selection after averaging 21.3 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

Jones comes from Potter’s House, FL and is a handful inside. Jones can score with his back to the basket and rebounds well in traffic. He has the ability to step out to the three-point land and can help stretch the defense to allow Pebblebrook’s guards slashing lanes. Add Harden from Sandy Creek, and the Falcons have another long wing at 6-foot-6 that can stroke it from deep and also attack the basket. Harden was a Sandy’s Spiel Class AAAA All-State Second Teamer after averaging 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Wheeler counters with hot prospects as well in EJ Montgomery and Jordan Usher.  Montgomery is heralded as a five-star power forward by 247Sports. He fills the role left behind by Romello White, who is now at Arizona State after decommitting from Georgia Tech. In a further effort to revamp the frontcourt, Usher joins from Sequoyah where he will see a massive step up in competition night in and night out, but brings an undeniable athleticism to the wing and can attack the basket, especially in the open floor. At Sequoyah, Usher averaged 18.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks his junior season.

The Wildcats didn’t stop there. Though they struck out in landing Zion Williamson (for now), Wheeler did add Terry Armstrong and Brandon Younger. Armstrong comes over as the No. 1 ranked player in Michigan in the Class of 2019. The long and athletic wing should thrive with the amount of talent surrounding him. Younger is young and lean like Armstrong. He averaged over 11 points per game as a sophomore at Mt. Pisgah but much like Usher, sees a major increase in competition during the regular season.

Austin Johnson moves in as the most unheard of out of the group, but the long-armed big man can block shots and also score with both hands around the hoop. He played with 16U Game Elite Orange and could be a solid rotational piece with some upside moving forward. Isaac Martin also joins the party as Wheeler’s embarrassment of riches continues to pile up. The 6-foot-5 guard played a big role with McEachern last season as a freshman. He is a good distance shooter which will help spread the floor.

On August 24, Jordan Tucker became lucky No. 7 in the Wheeler recruiting class as he took to Twitter to announce his commitment. Tucker can score inside and outside and does everything you want from an aggressive wing. He averaged 17.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks as a junior. He sank 51 threes at a 35% clip and got to the line 214 times where he converted 72%. Earlier in the day, Tucker was ranked No. 39 in ESPN’s Top 100.

North Florida-commit Brian Coffey Jr. makes the move to Shiloh after leaving GAC mid-season. Coffey will step in to fill the void left by Perry Battle at point guard. Coffey can score the ball but is best at setting his teammates up.  Also joining Coffey is Brandon Blair, a 6-foot senior guard that brings quickness to the Shiloh backcourt. At Duluth he averaged over nine points and three assists per game.

Grayson hopes the second time is a charm as D-I prospect Travis Anderson is back playing with the Rams in the offseason. After starting at Holy Innocents’, Anderson played with Grayson last offseason into the fall before jettisoning at the last moment to go play at East Jackson. Anderson, who averaged 18 points per game, is back in Gwinnett County and will provide a major boost in the Grayson backcourt after the graduation of Alphonso Willis and Austin Dukes.  Anderson’s experience could be invaluable for a young guard rotation consisting of freshman Deivon Smith and sophomore Justin Fleming.

Joseph Toppin joins the Norcross Blue Devils across the county after leaving Meadowcreek. Toppin is a long and raw athlete that has a chance to polish his game his final two seasons at Norcross. He has put in a lot of work over the summer and should be an integral piece moving forward for Coach Jesse McMillan. The emerging standout has garnered D-I offers from a handful of SEC schools and has a chance to cement himself as a top junior now that he’s in the spotlight at Norcross.

Woodstock clinched a state playoff berth for the first time in school history – 20 years – last season and looks to continue building. Dylin Hardeman makes the move from St. Francis back to Woodstock and will have an opportunity to take the scoring burden off Tyreke Johnson’s shoulders. Hardeman is coming off a strong summer season with 16U Team Atlanta where he was counted on being a top backcourt option. The 6-foot-3 guard should pair up with Johnson to form one of the best backcourts in Cherokee County with their diverse ways of scoring the ball.

Caleb Holifield brings over a deft touch from beyond the three-point line to Peachtree Ridge. Holifield played at Pace Academy last season but lost eligibility coming down the stretch. He gets a new lease on life his junior season and should bring a nice scoring punch to the Lions backcourt.

First rumored to head to Jonesboro, Isaiah Miller instead lands at Newton where the Rams backcourt is now as good as anyone’s in the state. The unapologetic pure bucket-getting senior is starting to heat his recruitment up heading into his final season. Miller was among the state’s top scorers last year, pouring in 25.3 points per game while adding 6.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 1 block. Couple him with Ashton Hagans and JD Notae, and the Rams have a dynamic backcourt that should overpower teams at times if Miller can fit into Coach Rick Rasmussen’s system.

JaQuan Morris exploded this summer as a name to keep an ear out for. Morris was consistently seen pouring in 20+ points on a regular basis at HoopSeen tournaments. The 6-foot-2 guard blows by defenders with his quickness and ability to finish at the rim. He’s also shown he can bang home threes in bunches as a deadly shooter. Morris averaged 11.6 points per game at Central Gwinnett last season and after his meteoric rise with 17U God’s Property, he should raise his output his senior season back at Collins Hill, where he played his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Meadowcreek receives a boost in the form of 6-foot-7 junior Amari Kelly. He averaged 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game with Brookwood and is continuing to learn the game and improve his skillset. Kelly has a chance to be a key cog in the Mustangs’ attempt at a turnaround.

Class AAAAAA

A year after being bitten by the transfer bug, Langston Hughes gets a talented player back in Landers Nolley II. Nolley started his high school career at Lovejoy then transferred to Curie, IL where he won a state title before coming back to the Peach State this year. The 6-foot-5 guard will get a chance to play with the ball in his hands and off the ball as well with Khalil Cuffee and Derrick Cook both versatile players on the perimeter. Nolley has a dangerous three-point shot but is also a tough cover when driving the lane and creating for his teammates.

Navy football commit Ellis Merriweather brings his scoring prowess on the hardwood to Alpharetta. Merriweather is a rock solid guard that can fill up the cup. The addition of Merriweather along with first-year head coach Jason Dasigner to the Raider program could prove beneficial right away. A nice group of seniors return to a new wide open region that doesn’t have a clear cut favorite, giving the Raiders as good a chance as anybody to return to the postseason for a sixth straight season.

Northview gets a massive shot in the arm with Justin Brown returning home after spending his sophomore season at Milton. Brown averaged 15.1 points per game as a freshman at Northview and took a backseat at Milton trying to get D-I teammates Alex O’Connell, Chris Lewis and Kyrin Galloway their shots. At Northview, Brown should instantly go back to being the No. 1 option on offense.

Ma’Kel Wallace is set to play at Houston County this season after transferring last year but being ruled ineligible to play. He will be an instant difference maker his senior season with the Bears as a reliable guard that can get his own shot off. If Houston County is going to make a trip back to the postseason, Wallace must provide leadership and accountability as one of Coach Stephen Walls’ top guard.

Tucker loses leading scorer Kenton Eskridge to Columbia but replaces him with Eastside’s Joshua Cammon. Cammon was a team captain on the Eagles’ 20-win team last season and averaged 13.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game. He was overshadowed by 25-point-per-game scorer Isaiah Miller but Cammon can play. The muscular athlete has tight handles in traffic and can create his own shot. He was a streaky three-point shooter, hitting three or more in seven games and taking 187 on the year, but only connected at a 27% rate. Nonetheless, Cammon should step in and instantly be one of Tucker’s leading scorers, soothing the loss of Eskridge.

Creekside lands a big piece in 6-foot-7 junior Tyson Jackson. The long and lanky forward averaged 7 points and 6.4 rebounds while blocking 1.3 shots per game and showed flashes of his upside throughout the season. At Creekside he should see a few more touches offensively and will be asked to anchor the paint with his shot blocking in an increasingly difficult region.

Gainesville wasn’t going to have much of a drop off from last year’s 21-6 team and now with the addition of twins Jarred and Jarrel Rosser, the Red Elephants look like an early favorite to make a deep run into the state playoffs. The 6-foot-6 juniors are extremely versatile with the ability to score in and out. Adding them to Gainesville’s already free flowing offense makes the Elephants look positionless at times on the floor with each player able to play multiple positions. The Rosser twins can help the most on the glass, easing the rebounding burden that Bailey Minor and KJ Buffen shoulder.

Knowledge Ruben moves from Texas to join his older brother Jordan at South Paulding. At 6-foot-5 with plenty of meat on him, the rising freshman holds promising in the paint. Already known for his strong rebounding, if he continues to grow and polishes his game, he could bring some similar traits to the table that all-time leading rebounder Anthony Brown, who graduated in 2016, put to use.

North Atlanta fell on hard times last year, but the addition of Andrew Stimpson could help build a solid backcourt as he teams up with rising sophomore point guard, Messiah Thompson.

Jaylon Terrell, an explosive guard, moves from Lovejoy to new region foe Jonesboro.  He gets to team up with five-star guard MJ Walker and one of the best coaches in the state, Dan Maehlman. At 6-foot-3, Terrell brings with him a high motor and tenacity that should fit in well with the Cardinals. He holds an offer from Navy.

Class AAAAA

Coach Eddie Martin has wasted no time in attracting talent to Buford. With a sparkling new gym set to open up, the Wolves are starting to become a destination. Four new players have made the leap to come play for the state champion head coach. The Wolves add size in the frontcourt with David Viti and Marcus Watson while Karston Miller and Donell Nixon II provide three-point shooting and guard play. Both Viti and Watson are physical presences inside with the ability to play outside as well. Watson has spent his summer attacking from the wing with 15U Team CP3. Nixon as a freshman paced Mountain View averaging 12.4 points per game while draining 69 threes at a 45% clip. Smith is a young guard that contributed 7.9 points per game at North Gwinnett.

Another multi-state championship winning coach is back on the sidelines in the form of Dr. Phil McCrary. The five-time state champ looks to turn around a Columbia program that sunk to 14-13 last year. Outside of Miller Grove’s run of six-straight state championships, Columbia is the last team to three-peat back in 2010-12 under the guidance of McCrary. The excitement of a living legend back on the bench has prompted talent from around the area to flock to Columbia.

Kenton Eskridge leaves behind Coach James Hartry after leading the Tucker Tigers in scoring as a junior. Eskridge is a stout guard that uses his body when attacking the rim. He joins a Columbia roster that already has length throughout. A key piece to that length is the return of Reyhan Cobb. The 6-foot-7 senior played at Columbia as a sophomore and blocked 1.4 shots per game before transferring to Wisconsin where he averaged 10.7 points as a junior. The shot altering forward is athletic and will run the floor on fastbreaks for dunks.

Mohammed Abubukar could be a game-changing post player for Eagle’s Landing after transferring in from Hamilton Heights, TN. At 6-foot-8, Abubukar is a strong workhorse on the low block. He will anchor an Eagles frontline that lacked in post production. Abubukar seems confident with his back to the basket and can spin hard into the lane to set up a baby hook. Keep an eye on his senior season. Joining Abubukar is potent junior wing Brandon Thomas. The 6-foot-3 scorer has D-I interest after pouring in over 18 points per game and shooting over 40% from three with Locust Grove.

Miller Grove adds frontcourt depth with Jermon Clark entering the fold. The 6-foot-6 shot blocker averaged 5.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks as a sophomore at Arabia Mountain. He will fight for playing time between Tworn Seals and Kevin Paige.

Johnson-Gainesville continues its rebuild and adds Will Richter as a piece to the future. The junior guard is a St. Francis transfer that will be inserted into the Knights starting lineup right away. His ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shooting and his experience playing with St. Francis and the Georgia Stars bodes well for Coach Tim Slater. If Richter can get stronger and polish his dribble-drive game, he could put together a nice career in Hall County.

Champ Dawson might not be known outside of the Middle Georgia area yet, but the rising junior guard and son of a coach has high-IQ and the smooth skills to make an impact in the already young and talented Warner Robins backcourt that is now ready to step out of the shadows cast by its graduating class. Dawson led First Presbyterian Day in scoring at 10.8 points. The son of current Central Georgia Tech head coach Reco Dawson, has a soft pull-up in the lane and can find ways to get to the basket. Dawson is a willing passer as well that shouldn’t have a problem taking a backseat to get his teammates involved.

Class AAAA

St. Pius adds Kennedy Willis and Troy Stephens. Willis comes in from Therrell and brings with him length and size at 6-foot-7. He hasn’t reached his potential yet but has a nice skillset and the ability to play multiple positions. Stephens is an athletic ball handler that has a chance to earn minutes in the backcourt alongside the Gonzalo brothers and Everett Lane.

Sandy Creek loses Elias Harden to Pebblebrook, but sees Khalid Wilkins and Eric Williams move in. Wilkins, a 6-foot guard from Mt. Vernon Presbyterian, led the Mustangs in scoring last year while Williams, 6-foot-3, averaged 5.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists at Fayette County.

The addition of Lincoln Smith to Shaw not only helps the Raiders but hurts region rival Columbus where he comes from. The 6-foot-4 wing led the Blue Devils in rebounding and narrowly in scoring, posting 11.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and adding 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks . With a strong senior class graduating, Smith will step in right away and give Coach Terry White a viable option to slide in and continue to power Shaw’s recent turnaround.

Avery Showell brings athleticism, toughness and experience to Cartersville after averaging 4.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals with St. Francis his junior season. The Wake Forest football-commit fits the Purple Hurricane mold of being a two-sport star. He should see plenty of playing time and plenty of opportunities to help out an already talented Cartersville backcourt.

Class AAA

The addition of Trey Foster bolsters the lineup around superstar Khavon Moore. Foster averaged 15 points, 8 assists and 3 steals per game as one of Middle Georgia’s toughest guards. The hard-nosed perimeter defender can push the pace and get teammates involved. Following him is teammate Jaylyne Brown, an experienced guard that will help with ball handling most likely off the bench.

Another Middle Georgia mover, Kylan Hill joins Central-Macon after averaging 8.9 points and leading Jones County in rebounding at 7.6. Hill will be a vital piece inside now that Kentrevious Jones has transferred away.

In a move that shakes the landscape of Middle Georgia and the state title picture in Class AAA, Kentrevious Jones has departed from Central-Macon (27-3) and has moved cross town to join Khavon Moore at Westside-Macon (22-7). The 6-foot-11, 285-pound center with HM D-I offers will now anchor the Seminoles in the paint and immediately makes Westside a true state title contender as he pairs with the 6-foot-8 five-star junior along with fellow transfers Trey Foster and Jaylyne Brown. Also still in the fold is guard Samone Reed. Jones brings with him his 17.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. The loss is a potentially crippling blow for Central-Macon as a region rival reaps the benefits.

Class AA

Christian Robinson played a big role in helping Westside-Augusta to the Elite Eight and will now bring his tenacious downhill attack to Butler. Robinson is a powerful guard who averaged over 11 points per game last season. Built like a fullback, Robinson has a bulldog mentality when getting to the basket and defending ball handlers. Robinson should help steady Butler, a team that could be one of the best in the Augusta area this season.

Javier Flohr averaged 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals at Grovetown. He represents solid depth and experience for Harlem who sank to 2-23 last year.

Brothers Laberton Jr. and Julius Sims could be impact players right away for Toombs County as their father Laberton Sr., has taken the job after serving as an assistant at Tift County. Laberton Jr. saw some time on the Tift County varsity, a major step up from the type of competition he will see night in and night out at Toombs County. He should vie for a big role along the Bulldogs frontline with the ability to play above the rim while Julius could debut as a freshman.

Class A

Mo Merritt brings a much needed post presence to North Cobb Christian. The springy 6-foot-7 forward is a tough rebounder but a smooth finisher inside. He played well at Kennesaw State’s Elite Camp and only rose his stock. He’s not a hot prospect just yet, but with a year at annual powerhouse North Cobb Christian, the stretchy big man has a chance to really make a difference in Class A and build upon his interest he currently holds from Georgia Southern and Savannah State.

Aquinas lands an underrated tenacious guard in Trent Bowdre. A rivaling coach had this to say about Bowdre after he averaged 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a sophomore at Grovetown: “He is an animal on defense, great at attacking the basket, lefty and can shoot from the outside. He is a dawg. He is fearless.”

Dajuan Hill spent his time on the Cross Creek JV last year, but will likely play a prominent role inside for Aquinas as a junior. The 6-foot-5 post has nice footwork and physicality inside.

Koby Isaac gets to officially announce his presence to the GHSA after playing sparingly on the Norcross varsity team as a freshman. He heads to Southwest Atlanta Christian where he teams up with DeAundre Ballard in the backcourt. Isaac, pegged as a three-star recruit, already has interest from Wake Forest, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Florida State and more.

If there was ever a smidgen of a potential but still unlikely weakness for defending Class A-Private state champs Greenforest it would be the Eagles backcourt after John Ogwuche (New Hampshire) graduated, leaving Justin Forrest as the lone proven starter. Those worries of who will slide in next to Forrest are all but put to rest with the addition of David Quimby. The 6-foot-3 scoring guard exits Dougherty, a program that was blasted with controversy and suspensions due to playing illegal players which resulted in a 2016-17 postseason ban and a fine. Quimby now joins the heavy favorite to repeat for a title. He exploded this offseason as a high scoring guard that poured in 40 points in a single game. He can score from all over the floor, especially from deep when he gets hot. Quimby is a major stock riser that will garner attention his senior season.

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian took a blow last year, losing 6-foot-11 Texas-commit to La Lumiere, IN for his senior season. This year KJ Jenkins is off to Sandy Creek, but the Mustangs have talent to fill the void. A pair of home schooled guards, Oliver Oden and Ward Phillips join the backcourt. Oden averaged 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals. Phillips averaged 9 points per game and drilled 45 threes on the year. Corey Myart comes in from Duluth and will have an opportunity to polish his game at Mt. Vernon where the 6-foot-7 forward will see plenty of playing time.