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 email@example.com
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)
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)
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)
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)
JR Griffin Neville – 6’1″ 150 lbs – (Gainesville to Cherokee Bluff)
JR Michael Crowe – 5’11” 150 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 Bosko Norman – 5’10” 160 lbs – (Banks County to Cherokee Bluff)
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 Chase McKey – 6’6″ 165 lbs – (Johns Creek to Mt. Pisgah)
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)
SR Avante Lederer – 6’6″ 195 lbs – (Salem 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 Owen Campbell – 6’0″ 160 lbs – (Allatoona to Harrison)
JR Deandre Brown – 6’2″ 165 lbs – (Therrell to Holy Spirit Prep)
JR Khalil Shaheed – 6’3″ 200 lbs – (Kennesaw Mountain to Superior Collegiate Academy, FL)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chase McKey should get a chance to play impactful minutes at Mt. Pisgah after sparingly see in the floor at Johns Creek. McKey is a svelte 6-foot-6 forward with a nice tough around the rim. His range extends to the three-point line and he can put the ball on the floor when needed. Defensively, McKey can alter shots around the rim. He is a decent rebounder. McKey is more of a finesse player but he doesn’t shy away from contact in the paint.
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 bigs Christian Fussell and Avante Lederer. Fussell, a 6-foot-10 junior, is already on his third school after Stockbridge and Holy Spirit Prep didn’t pan out. 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. Fussell will provide obvious shot blocking, but he must get tougher inside to become an impactful player on both sides. He has some ball skills and likes to shoot the jumper. 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.
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. 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.