Sandy's Spiel https://sandysspiel.com The Leader In GHSA Basketball Coverage Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:21:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://sandysspiel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-SandySpiel-32x32.jpg Sandy's Spiel https://sandysspiel.com 32 32 2020-21 GHSA Girls Preseason All-Area Teams https://sandysspiel.com/2020-21-ghsa-girls-preseason-all-area-teams/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2020-21-ghsa-girls-preseason-all-area-teams Sun, 27 Sep 2020 11:21:34 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10094 All-East Georgia G – Kayla McPherson, Madison County, Sr. G – Destiny McClendon, Lake Oconee Academy, Sr. G – Jordyn Dorsey, Cross Creek, Sr. F – Keona Curtis, Grovetown, Jr. C – Taniya Alexander, Hart County, Sr. All-West Georgia G – De’Mauri Flournoy, Carrollton, Sr. G – Kionna Gaines, Carver-Columbus, Sr. F – Aniya Palmer, … Continue reading 2020-21 GHSA Girls Preseason All-Area Teams

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All-East Georgia

G – Kayla McPherson, Madison County, Sr.
G – Destiny McClendon, Lake Oconee Academy, Sr.
G – Jordyn Dorsey, Cross Creek, Sr.
F – Keona Curtis, Grovetown, Jr.
C – Taniya Alexander, Hart County, Sr.

All-West Georgia

G – De’Mauri Flournoy, Carrollton, Sr.
G – Kionna Gaines, Carver-Columbus, Sr.
F – Aniya Palmer, Troup County, Jr.
F – Aliyah Washington, North Paulding, Jr.
F – Bernyla Sparks, Central-Talbotton, Sr.

All-Metro Georgia

G – Raven Johnson, Westlake, Sr.
G – Sydney Bowles, Woodward Academy, Jr.
G – Flau’jae Johnson, Sprayberry, Jr.
C – Jillian Hollingshead, McEachern, Sr.
C – Sania Feagin, Forest Park, Sr.

All-Middle Georgia

G – Jada Morgan, Jones County, So.
G – Jakia Little, Northeast-Macon, Jr.
G – Miracle Parker, Washington County, Sr.
G – Gabbi Cartagena, Jackson, Sr.
F – Jakera Ellerbee, Upson-Lee, Sr.

All-North Georgia

G – Isabel Davenport, Lumpkin County, Sr.
G – Livi Blackstock, Jefferson, Sr.
G – Keyarah Berry, Rockmart, Sr.
F – Claire Davis, Cass, Jr.
C – Ashlee Locke, Flowery Branch, Sr.

All-South Georgia

G – Kaila Rougier, Beach, Sr.
F – Prencis Harden, ECI, Sr.
C – Takia Davis, Calhoun County, Sr.
C – Essence Cody, Valdosta, So.
C – Makayla Timpson, Early County, Sr.

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2021 GHSA Players Rankings https://sandysspiel.com/2021-ghsa-players-rankings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2021-ghsa-players-rankings Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:54:52 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10076 DISCLAIMER: If you are not listed, that does not mean you are not an exceptional player. There will be players omitted from this list that will go on to have outstanding senior seasons and collegiate careers. Use these rankings as motivation to become the best player you can be. The state of Georgia is wide … Continue reading 2021 GHSA Players Rankings

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DISCLAIMER: If you are not listed, that does not mean you are not an exceptional player. There will be players omitted from this list that will go on to have outstanding senior seasons and collegiate careers. Use these rankings as motivation to become the best player you can be. The state of Georgia is wide and vast with many talented players. With that said, here are my picks for the top players at each position.


*RISING SENIORS ONLY*
*Rankings don’t necessarily denote best college prospects; more so best high school players for the upcoming season
*Players are evaluated on Production, Potential & Pedigree
*Positions are defined by what the player most closely plays for his high school team

PG

  1. Peyton Daniels (Tri-Cities)
  2. AJ White (Chattahoochee)
  3. Derrick Harris Jr. (Mitchell County)
  4. Andrew McConnell (Lanier)
  5. Emondre Bowles (Johnson-Savannah)
  6. Myles Rice (Sandy Creek)
  7. Jaden Harris (Norcross)
  8. RJ Noord (Heritage-Conyers)
  9. Danny Stubbs (Pebblebrook)
  10. Jax Bouknight (Blessed Trinity)
  11. Will Kolker (Pope)
  12. JoJo Peterson (Mt. Pisgah)
  13. Broc Bidwell (Milton)
  14. Jason Edwards (Parkview)
  15. Zach Bell (Grovetown)
  16. Sutton Smith (Denmark)
  17. Brookes Kahlert (St. Pius X)
  18. Madison Durr (Pace Academy)
  19. Travis Burrus (South Cobb)
  20. Jordan Jones (First Presbyterian Day)

SG

  1. Kowacie Reeves Jr. (Westside-Macon)
  2. James White (Heritage-Conyers)
  3. Chance Moore (McEachern)
  4. Taihland Owens (Cherokee)
  5. Cam McDowell (McEachern)
  6. Randy Brady (McEachern)
  7. Garrison Powell (Holy Innocents’)
  8. Will Richard (Woodward Academy)
  9. Logan Turner (Centennial)
  10. Shamar Norman (Windsor Forest)
  11. Brendan Rigsbee (North Gwinnett)
  12. Kristian Ford (East Paulding)
  13. Zyair Greene (Miller Grove)
  14. Jaeden Marshall (Richmond Hill)
  15. Chancelor Johnson (Tri-Cities)
  16. Ian Davis (Discovery)
  17. Kyle Duncan (Centennial)
  18. Isaac Brito (Trinity Christian)
  19. Will Freeman (Baldwin)
  20. Clifford Davis (Thomasville)

SF

  1. Matthew Cleveland (Pace Academy)
  2. Jusaun Holt (St. Francis)
  3. Kaleb Washington (Wheeler)
  4. Travis Harper (St. Anne-Pacelli)
  5. Jaylen Jackson (Greenforest)
  6. Kalib Clinton (Jackson County)
  7. Max Hrdlicka (Glynn Academy)
  8. Jamall Clyce (Pebblebrook)
  9. Kok Yat (Norcross)
  10. Shone Webb (Hart County)
  11. Tyler Shirley (Pebblebrook)
  12. Bobby Moore (McEachern)
  13. Kevin Taylor (Allatoona)
  14. Kervens Yacinthe (Paulding County)
  15. Wyatt Fricks (Winder-Barrow)
  16. KJ Doucet (Chapel Hill)
  17. Elijah Williams (Providence Christian)
  18. Derrick Brown (Monroe Area)
  19. Marius Ellis (Monroe)
  20. Chris Cole (Brookwood)

PF

  1. Jabari Smith II (Sandy Creek)
  2. Elijah Tucker (Cherokee)
  3. Quay Primas (Central-Macon)
  4. Devin McGlockton (South Forsyth)
  5. Cole Middleton (Pace Academy)
  6. Omarion Smith (Douglas County)
  7. Ja’Heim Hudson (Wheeler)
  8. James Mitchell (Shiloh)
  9. Franklin Almonte (Dalton)
  10. Jatarion Warren (Tift County)
  11. Navaughn Maise (Discovery)
  12. Deandre Smart (New Hampstead)
  13. Fredrick Seabrough (Swainsboro)
  14. JaHeim Robinson (Johnson-Savannah)
  15. Corey Trotter (Cross Creek)
  16. Dara Olonande (Berkmar)
  17. Deshon Proctor (Sandy Creek)
  18. BJ Wright (Wayne County)
  19. David Giddens (Tucker)
  20. Greg Jones (Warner Robins)

C

  1. Ian Schieffelin (Grayson)
  2. Ryan Mutombo (Lovett)
  3. Isaiah Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow)
  4. Isaac Abidde (Westover)
  5. Jordan Brown (Northside-Warner Robins)
  6. Taje Kelly (Grayson)
  7. Blake Hadley (Pebblebrook)
  8. Nate Gordon (Mt. Pisgah)
  9. Julius Lymon (Columbia)
  10. Jackson Price (Hiram)
  11. Matt Jones (Laney)
  12. Fred Spells (Portal)
  13. Ian Mathews (St. Anne-Pacelli)
  14. Dakota Orr (Banks County)
  15. Corey Thomas (Cherokee Bluff)
  16. Jordan Jones (Langston Hughes)
  17. Justin Hall (Chapel Hill)
  18. Zabriel Boozer (Butler)
  19. Cartavious Terry (Treutlen)
  20. Kai Simmons (St. Francis)

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Deep South Classic: A Look at the Future https://sandysspiel.com/deep-south-classic-a-look-at-the-future/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-south-classic-a-look-at-the-future Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:11:53 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10057 2024 5-5 PG Malaya Jones – FBC Black Nxt Gen JG – Arabia Mountain My first in-person look at Malaya Jones did not disappoint. She will be an impact player Day 1 and will be a highly sought-after college guard. Jones is quick and has the ball on a string. She manipulates defenders with her … Continue reading Deep South Classic: A Look at the Future

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Malaya Jones2024 5-5 PG Malaya Jones – FBC Black Nxt Gen JG – Arabia Mountain
My first in-person look at Malaya Jones did not disappoint. She will be an impact player Day 1 and will be a highly sought-after college guard. Jones is quick and has the ball on a string. She manipulates defenders with her decisive combo dribbles and blows by. Her smooth feel for the game is advanced for a point guard her age. She’s a smart passer that doesn’t try to go for any crazy home run balls.  Once she gets into the lane, she can either finish or kick out to open teammates. She tallied 7 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jones is going to be a major problem over the course of her career. I’ll be interested to see what heights she can take Arabia Mountain to.

Aaliyah Hunt2023 6-3 C Aaliyah Hunt – FBC Black Nxt Gen JG – Peachtree Ridge
A bruising post presence that clogs the lane and demands constant attention, Aaliyah Hunt is a good-looking young big. Hunt towers over opponents with her overall size and knows how to put it to good use. She stays on the glass and keeps the ball high on rebounds. She’s not the most athletic post, but she moves her feet very well when opponents attack her inside. Hunt keeps her arms straight up and can block shots without fouling. She dominated the Winston-Salem Stealers with 7 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal and 8 blocks.

2023 5-5 PG Samiya Wayne – FBC Black Nxt Gen JG – Buford
Samiya Wayne’s aggressive on-ball defending was paramount in Nxt Gen’s 52-31 win. Wayne stuck in front of ball handlers and provided pressure for the entire game. She got into their personal space and made them uncomfortable. Her defense sparked her offense as she hit two threes and scored when she got in the lane. Wayne should garner more great experience playing behind Georgia College-commit Ashyia Willis for one more year.

2023 6-3 PF Janae Walker – Hoop Dreams Athletics – Sandy Creek
Only a rising sophomore, Janae Walker jumps out at you with her college-ready size. Walker is well-built, ready for the rigors of a long physical season. She’s a solid athlete that can impact games with her play in the paint, altering shots and grabbing rebounds. What makes her so intriguing however, is her soft touch and mobility. Walker moves exceptionally well and has a nice shot that extends to the three-point line. Sandy Creek has seen major post talent the past few years with Daija Powell (Texas Tech) just graduating and Arielle Belinga entering her senior season. Walker looks like she has a chance to be the best out of the bunch with her versatility. Janae Walker is a name that D-I’s will want to have on their radar at an early age.

2025 5-6 G Savannah Robinson-Holmes – FBC Hoopstarz Future – Archer
Still a ways away from making her high school debut, Savannah Robinson-Holmes is a tough guard that is slated to attend Archer. She’s got an alpha mentality on the court and is an aggressive scorer. She can put her head down and get to the rim when she needs to. When she got to the basket, Savannah finished with either hand. Robinson-Holmes also has a playable three-point shot that keeps defenses honest. She sank two in her 21-point, 8-rebound, 2-steal showing. With another year of seasoning, it will fun to see what type of impact she can make in 2021-22 with the Tigers.

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Deep South Classic: 2022 Notes https://sandysspiel.com/deep-south-classic-2022-notes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-south-classic-2022-notes Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:36:15 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10052 5-4 PG Katelyn Dunning – Peak Miller – Mt. Paran A spitfire undersized guard, Katelyn Dunning provides a reliable ball handler that can also spark an offense. Dunning has a low center of gravity which makes it tough to defend her. Opponents have to really sit down on defense and move their feet to be … Continue reading Deep South Classic: 2022 Notes

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Katelyn Dunning5-4 PG Katelyn Dunning – Peak Miller – Mt. Paran
A spitfire undersized guard, Katelyn Dunning provides a reliable ball handler that can also spark an offense. Dunning has a low center of gravity which makes it tough to defend her. Opponents have to really sit down on defense and move their feet to be able to contain her. She did a nice job of beating her man and getting into the teeth of the defense where she could kick out to shooters. When hunting her own shot, Dunning pulled up from three in transition for an easy bucket. Once the game got out of hand, her shot selection got a little sloppy but all-in-all she had a strong performance going for 9 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 2 steals. Her ball handling against pressure and ability to hit open shots will be paramount for Mt. Paran this upcoming season.

Shamaria Jennings5-9 W Shamaria Jennings – Peak Miller – Mt. Paran
Shamaria Jennings caught my eye back at the CTC Showcase in October 2019 where I named her “one of the most impressive athletes…still a little raw with her age, but has plenty of upside.” Fast forward nearly a year later and it looks like Jennings is starting to put it all together. The dynamic athlete made plays on both sides of the ball. Her greatest improvement came on her ability to create her own offense. Jennings loves to go left and pull-up for jumpers. Sometimes it looks like she may not be completely squared to the hoop as her body turns when she shoots, but Jennings was locked in hitting three mid-range jumpers on the day. Shamaria is a good rebounder and has a reliable motor that keeps her engaged on both ends of the floor. I still like her upside as a defender. She’s wiry and quick. If she can expand her range out to the three-point line she could become a 3&D player. She finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in a win over Lady Nation. I think Jennings still has a lot of potential and she is just now starting to scratch the surface.

5-6 PG Bridget Utberg – FBC BounceNation Jay 2021 – Woodstock
Bridget Utberg showed her moxie and will to win in the second half against the Georgia Pearls. The flashy guard came to life, scoring 8 of her 9 points in the stanza to help FBC BounceNation rally for a 45-43 win. Utberg was composed under pressure and handled the ball without turning it over. She was able to control the pace and picked her spots when to attack the defense. She used her body well when getting to the rim, shielding the ball from shot blockers and finishing tough layups in crunch time. Earlier in the day against DL Impact, she had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Utberg is known for her appealing style of play and her scoring ability. She is a dangerous three-point shooter once she sees one go down and is a crafty passer that gets her teammates open looks. Woodstock looks to atone for last year’s first round exit in the state playoffs. They will go as far as Utberg will take them.

5-9 W Sydney Bolden – Georgia Metros – Loganville
The mixture of size, length and activity put Sydney Bolden on my radar. She’s an athletic wing that has a good motor. She was constantly involved in the action and really provided a lift with her energy. She didn’t score a whole lot, but she found other ways to impact the game. Bolden finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocks. She may be a name to keep an eye on over her final two seasons.

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Deep South Classic: 2021 Notes https://sandysspiel.com/deep-south-classic-2021-notes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deep-south-classic-2021-notes Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:01:44 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10047 6-2 C Taylor Christmas – Georgia Metros Blue – Southwest DeKalb I liked Taylor Christmas when I first saw her back at Georgia Metros tryouts in March and she impressed again on Saturday. Christmas holds a ton of value. She’s got size and strength but that’s not all. She moves exceptionally well for her size … Continue reading Deep South Classic: 2021 Notes

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Taylor Christmas6-2 C Taylor Christmas – Georgia Metros Blue – Southwest DeKalb
I liked Taylor Christmas when I first saw her back at Georgia Metros tryouts in March and she impressed again on Saturday. Christmas holds a ton of value. She’s got size and strength but that’s not all. She moves exceptionally well for her size and can both handle the ball and shoot the three. She has good ball skills when she attacks the rim and looks comfortable in doing so. She’s a good three-point shooter especially in trail situations and down on the low block, she can bump her way to get to her right hand, but also is adept at finishing with her left. Going up against two High Major forwards, she posted 19 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal and 4 blocks. She’s a sneaky good option for Low Majors and could be a major haul if she ends up going D-II.

5-10 G Kionna Gaines – FBC BounceNation Jay 2021 – Carver-Columbus
The toughness and athleticism of Kionna Gaines helped FBC BounceNation Jay grab a victory from the Georgia Pearls in dramatic fashion, 45-43 as Gaines scored a layup with 3.9 seconds left to cap off the comeback. Gaines is a freak athlete. She’s at her best in the paint whether it be slashing to the basket or posting up. She went down on the block a few times against DL Impact and overpowered the defense. Gaines had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in a 70-38 blowout. In the second half vs. the Georgia Pearls, Gaines came to life, scoring 11 of her team-high 15 points in the frame to go along with her 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Gaines has the chance to be a lockdown defender. Her God-given athletic tools can help her guard any position at the high school level and multiple in college. For her to reach her full potential, she must improve her outside shot and ball handling. She’s a tweener between shooting guard and wing right now. If she can develop a consistent three-point shot it will help her stay on the perimeter and open up more driving lanes on offense. She can jump over everyone when she attacks the rim, but it could get a little tougher playing against ACC frontcourts. I am interested to see how she does as the focal point of the Carver-Columbus offense now that Olivia Cochran (Louisville) has graduated. The Clemson-commit should have an entertaining final season and a handful of opportunities for dunks.

5-7 PG Emma Easterwood – DL Impact – Chestatee
Overmatched against FBC BounceNation Jay, Emma Easterwood shined for DL Impact. She played with poise and stayed aggressive when attacking FBC. Easterwood had to work hard to get into the paint, using a multitude of crossovers to try and find an angle to get past her defender. With all the effort she exerted on offense, she still found a way to help rebound and defend as well. She finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. It was a positive first impression for Easterwood, who is picking up steam at the D-II level, recently earning an offer from Emmanuel.

6-1 PF Maya Jackson – Georgia Pearls – Archer
There’s nothing flashy about Maya Jackson’s game. That’s why I like her. She goes about her business and battles for the entire game in the paint. She powered up 10 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block against FBC BounceNation Jay. Jackson brings toughness and effort to the table. She finishes around the basket and will get on the floor for loose balls. She’s an integral piece that does the dirty work.

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2021 GHSA Girls Player Rankings https://sandysspiel.com/2021-ghsa-girls-player-rankings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2021-ghsa-girls-player-rankings Sun, 13 Sep 2020 14:13:56 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10038 DISCLAIMER: If you are not listed, that does not mean you are not an exceptional player. There will be players omitted from this list that will go on to have outstanding senior seasons and collegiate careers. Use these rankings as motivation to become the best player you can be. The state of Georgia is wide … Continue reading 2021 GHSA Girls Player Rankings

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DISCLAIMER: If you are not listed, that does not mean you are not an exceptional player. There will be players omitted from this list that will go on to have outstanding senior seasons and collegiate careers. Use these rankings as motivation to become the best player you can be. The state of Georgia is wide and vast with many talented players. With that said, here are my picks for the top players at each position.


*Rankings don’t necessarily denote best college prospects; more so best high school players for the upcoming season
*Players are evaluated on Production, Potential & Pedigree
*Positions are defined by what the player most closely plays for her high school team

*RISING SENIORS ONLY*

PG

  1. Raven Johnson (Westlake)
  2. Kayla McPherson (Madison County)
  3. De’Mauri Flournoy (Carrollton)
  4. Mia Moore (St. Francis)
  5. Denim Deshields (McEachern)
  6. Kaila Rougier (Beach)
  7. Cheyenne Holloman (Pope)
  8. Paige Lyons (Dutchtown)
  9. Jada Ryce (Galloway)
  10. Ja’Niah Alexander (McDonough)
  11. Carly Fahey (Hebron Christian)
  12. Cazia Nelson (Archer)
  13. Autumn Phillips (Langston Hughes)
  14. Livi Blackstock (Jefferson)
  15. Isabel Davenport (Lumpkin County)
  16. Jania Hodges (Sandy Creek)
  17. India Terrell (Columbia)
  18. Ashyia Willis (Buford)
  19. Patsy Mosley (Maynard Jackson)
  20. Dasha Cannon (White County)

SG

  1. Keyarah Berry (Rockmart)
  2. Jordyn Dorsey (Cross Creek)
  3. Kionna Gaines (Carver-Columbus)
  4. Nicole Azar (Hebron Christian)
  5. Jalisa Dunlap (ELCA)
  6. Destiny McClendon (Lake Oconee Academy)
  7. Makala Torrence (Roswell)
  8. Gabbi Cartagena (Jackson)
  9. Miracle Parker (Washington County)
  10. Ashuntee Weems (Douglass)
  11. Bailee Breedlove (Franklin County)
  12. Blair Wallis (Buford)
  13. Olympia Chaney (Westlake)
  14. Eden Sample (Collins Hill)
  15. Imani Smith (Hiram)
  16. Nya Pope (McDonough)
  17. Ambria Vicks (Cairo)
  18. Damesha Cain (Langston Hughes)
  19. Mercedes Coleman (Gordon Central)
  20. Ally Zazzara (Etowah)

W

  1. Anna Dénes (Trinity Christian)
  2. Brianna Turnage (Westlake)
  3. Aisha Dabo (Forsyth Central)
  4. Tomisin Adenupe (Walton)
  5. Prencis Harden (ECI)
  6. Sade Harrell (Heritage-Conyers)
  7. Lauren Walker (Marietta)
  8. T’mya Parker (North Clayton)
  9. Rachel Suttle (Holy Innocents’)
  10. Shaquice May (Rockdale County)
  11. Sky Watters (McDonough)
  12. Jayla Thompson (Tri-Cities)
  13. Rose Bone (Loganville)
  14. Stangious Alford (Southwest-Macon)
  15. Nadya McCown (Peachtree Ridge)
  16. Carly Heidger (Hebron Christian)
  17. Jailah Clark-Jones (Collins Hill)
  18. Angel McRae (Clinch County)
  19. Maddie Futch (White County)
  20. Alexa Geary (Sonoraville)

P

  1. Jillian Hollingshead (McEachern)
  2. Sania Feagin (Forest Park)
  3. Makayla Timpson (Early County)
  4. Malia Fisher (Hebron Christian)
  5. Sacha Washington (Collins Hill)
  6. Sussy Ngulefac (Parkview)
  7. Kate Johnson (Cherokee)
  8. Makaila Brown (Brunswick)
  9. L’or Mputu (Greenforest)
  10. Alyssa Phillip (Wesleyan)
  11. Ashlee Locke (Flowery Branch)
  12. Takia Davis (Calhoun County)
  13. Taylor Cullinan (North Paulding)
  14. Unique Miller (Maynard Jackson)
  15. Bernyla Sparks (Central-Talbotton)
  16. Jakera Ellerbee (Upson-Lee)
  17. Jasmine Stevens (Forest Park)
  18. Janae Charles (Loganville)
  19. Taniya Alexander (Hart County)
  20. Misia McKinney (Westlake)
  21. Arielle Belinga (Sandy Creek)
  22. Taylor Christmas (Southwest DeKalb)
  23. Tiara Lewis (Osborne)
  24. Maya Jackson (Archer)
  25. Savannah Casey (Woodstock)
  26. Adrieanna Brownlee (Southwest DeKalb)
  27. Emyah Glass-Fortenberry (Lakeside-DeKalb)
  28. Kayla Shines (Rutland)
  29. Ranajah Verdell (Stephens County)
  30. LaCambria Shakespeare (Collins Hill)
  31. Allayia McAfee (Westside-Macon)
  32. Khamya Edmonds (Carver-Columbus)
  33. Enyshuan Jones (Carver-Columbus)
  34. Jada Session (Luella)
  35. Camryn James (Jones County)
  36. Katelyn Richards (Coahulla Creek)
  37. Tanesha Kirk (Bowdon)
  38. Jamison Henley (Marist)
  39. DeAndria Stephens (GMC)
  40. Rachel Wilson (Central-Carrollton)

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Battle For Georgia: 15U Top Performers Pt. 2 https://sandysspiel.com/battle-for-georgia-15u-top-performers-pt-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battle-for-georgia-15u-top-performers-pt-2 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 14:00:20 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10009 2023 5-9 PG Tayden Owens – Atlanta All-Stars – Cherokee Tayden Owens carried the load in the first half against eventual champion TSF Mack, scoring 11 of the All-Stars’ 18 points. He would finish with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Owens is a smooth scorer that can float in tough runners in the … Continue reading Battle For Georgia: 15U Top Performers Pt. 2

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Tayden Owens2023 5-9 PG Tayden Owens – Atlanta All-Stars – Cherokee
Tayden Owens carried the load in the first half against eventual champion TSF Mack, scoring 11 of the All-Stars’ 18 points. He would finish with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Owens is a smooth scorer that can float in tough runners in the lane and knock down perimeter looks. Dealing with Kanaan Carlyle, Owens did as good a job as possible handling his pressure. Owens are Carlyle will see a lot of each other over the next three seasons in the newly formed Region 5-7A. Tayden feels ready to log important minutes at Cherokee this season and give Coach Roger Kvam another scoring option at guard. It will be fun to see how he develops over the course of his career.

Mason Etter2023 6-4 W Mason Etter – Atlanta All-Stars – Etowah
Only Tayden Owens and Mason Etter could create their own shot in a 55-38 loss to TSF Mack, the duo combining for 32 of the All-Stars’ points. Etter finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. He hit 3 threes and probably took a couple more bad shots than he would have liked, but when only two players were scoring it was understandable. Etter competed at a high level and led all players in rebounds, an impressive feat considering he battled the likes of 6-foot-7 Tahj Johnson, 6-foot-7 Brandon Gardner, 6-foot-7 Cade Phillips and 6-foot-5 wrecking ball LT Overton. Etter brings consistency and toughness to the table every game. Just like older brother Jaxon, no matter who the opposition is, Mason finds a way to get the job done.

2023 6-0 PG Chase Clemmons – GA Stars – Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
Chase Clemmons showed his explosive scoring prowess, going for 38 points and 20 points at Battle For Georgia. He didn’t have as much success in the title game, but Clemmons made a strong first impression. He’s got jitterbug quickness with the ball in his hands and he’s capable of shooting from all over the floor. He can sometimes take off balance shots, something he may need to work on, but he’s such a good shooter that it doesn’t effect him much. Clemmons has deep range with a rapid trigger but also creativity with the ball, able to shift past defenders and get into the heart of the defense where he’s able to fire bullet passes to open teammates. Locked in a tough new region, I expect Mt. Vernon Presbyterian to be a player in Class A-Private in due time beyond the play of Clemmons.

2023 6-8 C Keith Williams – GA Stars – Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
The big fella that is moving in from McEachern could make an immediate difference in Class A-Private. Keith Williams didn’t get enough playing time or touches for my liking in some of the earlier games I saw, but in the championship, he showed that if he gets the ball good things happen. He had 9 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. He’s a big boy that moves really well for his size. Williams has soft hands and can rebound in a crowd. He’s skilled on the low block, able to score and facilitate. With his size, mobility and skill, Williams could be a game-changer for the Mustangs.

2023 6-2 PG Kanaan Carlyle – TSF Mack 2023 – Milton
Hot shot prospect Kanaan Carlyle did not disappoint in the two games I saw. He had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in an opening round win over the Atlanta All-Stars and later turned it up a few notches, going for 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in the title game in a win over the Georgia Stars. Aside from his smooth scoring, it was his tremendous on-ball defense that left a lasting impression. Carlyle moved laterally so easily, keeping ball handlers in front at all times. He showed off elite hands, able to pick pockets and earn deflections. A true two-way player, its easy to see why Carlyle already has a slew of High Major offers.

2023 6-7 F Kelvin Hunter – TSF Mack 2023 – Chapel Hill
Kelvin Hunter showed flashes of his potential on both ends of the floor. The long-armed shot blocker proved that he is more than just a rim protector and rebounder. He stepped outside and knocked down a pair of threes from the top of the key. Expanding his offensive repertoire will help raise his ceiling. At this point, he looks like he could develop into a stretch-four at the next level. Hunter should take a leap his second season at Chapel Hill. He’s a player to track.

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Battle For Georgia: 15U Top Performers Pt. 1 https://sandysspiel.com/battle-for-georgia-15u-top-performers-pt-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battle-for-georgia-15u-top-performers-pt-1 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:38:49 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=10003 2023 6-7 F Eduardo Hendricks – Norcross Heat – Meadowcreek A grown man. That’s what Eduardo “Eddie” Hendricks was for the Norcross Heat in their 68-65 win over the Atlanta Xpress (Wallace). The burly physical specimen posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Hendricks did a little bit of everything. He hit … Continue reading Battle For Georgia: 15U Top Performers Pt. 1

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Eduardo Hendricks2023 6-7 F Eduardo Hendricks – Norcross Heat – Meadowcreek
A grown man. That’s what Eduardo “Eddie” Hendricks was for the Norcross Heat in their 68-65 win over the Atlanta Xpress (Wallace). The burly physical specimen posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Hendricks did a little bit of everything. He hit open mid-range shots, he jumped passing lanes and of course he rebounded and punished the rim. He’s got the body and the skill to become one of the best posts in Georgia. His maturity and leadership were something special. After the game, instead of celebrating the hard-fought win, he rallied his teammates into a players only huddle and talked about their defense and how they can improve as a unit. That’s just something you don’t see, especially at that age or even that position. College coaches need to circle Eddie Hendricks’ name.

2023 6-7 W Colby Williams – Norcross Heat – Meadowcreek
The length, shooting touch and deceptive bounce of Colby Williams makes him an intriguing prospect. Able to play inside and out, Williams cashed in on 3 threes and shined as a floor spacer, giving Eddie Hendricks more room to work inside. With continued work on his creativity with the ball, Williams will be able to get downhill easier where he has the skill and toughness to finish through contact. Williams posted 12 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. He’s made a name for himself over the summer and that will continue over the next three years.

2023 5-10 PG Keishawn Hampton – Norcross Heat – Meadowcreek
As the bigs carried the Norcross Heat throughout the game, down the stretch it was shot-maker Keishawn Hampton who came up big. Already grown roughly four inches since his varsity debut with Meadowcreek months ago, Hampton’s growth has continued on the floor as well with his cool demeanor in crunch time. He scored 8 of his 10 points in the second half including two late threes. He added 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Hampton is a lethal shooter that can carry an offense from deep when he gets hot, but Hampton understands his role as table setter and does a good job facilitating to his teammates and waiting to score when the time is right. Hampton has plenty of options to work with over the next three years and could be the head man of a potentially dangerous group.

2023 6-8 F Tyson Jones – Game Elite – Evans
Evans has been snakebit with bigs leaving the program before (see Dylan Cardwell), but hopefully that bad luck is over as Tyson Jones looks like an impact player over the next three seasons. Jones has an athletic build, somewhat similar to that of Joyful Hawkins but with a little more muscle.  He’s a good leaper that can play above the rim. Tyson finished well in the game I saw, getting dump-offs and springing up quickly to score. He had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block against the Georgia Stars. He’s a player I need to see more of but in my first small dose I can tell there’s reason to be excited about his future.

2023 6-7 F Chad Moodie – Double Trouble Elite – Grayson
Chad Moodie turned heads in a 77-72 loss to the Georgia Stars. A long and lean forward with great mobility, Moodie showed off a variety of skills. He cleared rebounds and pushed the ball in transition. Moodie scored in the paint and attacked from the perimeter. He had a beautiful pirouette move to the hoop that showed off his deft footwork. When he did get to the rim, Moodie floated in the air using his hangtime to unfurl finger rolls. The smooth forward finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He’s logjammed in a crowded front court right now, but don’t be surprised if Moodie can carve out some minutes and be better for it over the next three years. He’s got some major upside.

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Battle For Georgia: 16U Standouts Pt. 2 https://sandysspiel.com/battle-for-georgia-16u-standouts-pt-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battle-for-georgia-16u-standouts-pt-2 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:10:37 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=9994 2022 6-2 PG Jameel Rideout – Double Trouble Elite – Discovery Something special is starting to brew within Jameel Rideout.  He saw rotational minutes at South Cobb last year and was effective when he got a chance to play, averaging 5.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals. Now moving over to Discovery, he … Continue reading Battle For Georgia: 16U Standouts Pt. 2

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Jameel Rideout2022 6-2 PG Jameel Rideout – Double Trouble Elite – Discovery
Something special is starting to brew within Jameel Rideout.  He saw rotational minutes at South Cobb last year and was effective when he got a chance to play, averaging 5.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals. Now moving over to Discovery, he has a chance to make an even bigger impact after the strides he’s made in the summer. Rideout has really hung his hat on his exceptional on-ball defense, consistently taking the challenge of guarding other team’s best players. He’s done yeoman’s work on Scoot Henderson and Bruce Thornton this summer and on Saturday he locked up one of the hottest players in Georgia, Dylan Wolle. In an impressive 64-48 win over the Georgia Legacy, a game in which they led by 30, Rideout held Wolle to 8 points and made life difficult. Rideout has quick feet and great length and timing which allows him to contest nearly every shot in his vicinity. For a player that expends so much energy defensively, instead of draining him on offense, his scoring and playmaking has improved as the offseason has went on. Rideout hung 19 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in the win. He got into the lane and drew fouls, going 6-6 from the line. His money shot was a hard drive and pull-up right underneath the foul line. He stopped on a dime and hit routinely. With a 4.2 GPA and his newfound scoring production adding on to his playmaking and elite on-ball defense, Rideout is turning into a complete player that has a chance to really make people notice this upcoming season at his new home.

Thomas Allard
2022 6-6 W Thomas Allard – Double Trouble Elite – North Gwinnett
With the way Thomas Allard has played this summer, it looks like he’s ready to be thrown into the fire and play major minutes at North Gwinnett. He was lights out and set the tone in Double Trouble’s win over Georgia Legacy, burying 4 threes and finishing with 16 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Known for his floor spacing three-point range, Allard looked sharp with the ball in his hands, able to create his own offense with quick dribble combinations leading to mid-range pull-ups. If he can consistently create separation and add on the ability to get all the way to the rim, Allard is going to be a tough cover over the next two years.

Navaughn Maise
2021 6-6 F Navaughn Maise – Double Trouble Elite – Discovery
A workhorse on the interior, Navaughn Maise has been a habitual producer. He had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block vs. Georgia Legacy. He’s an inside-out threat, but make no mistake the vast majority of his offense comes from his physicality inside. He had some nice face-up moves, using a lighting quick jab step to misdirect the defense and get to the rack with ease. Maise is a double-double threat and will add a welcome dimension to the Titans frontline after moving from Peachtree Ridge.

2022 5-11 G Jonah Hamilton – Deep South Blue Devils – Etowah
Whenever Jonah Hamilton got an open look, he was able to cash in from three. He drilled 4 threes en route to 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Hamilton draws the constant attention of the defense while he roams the perimeter. He does a good job of finding crevices in the defense and getting his feet set as he awaits deliveries. Hamilton will be an important piece as Coach Jason Dasinger will have another shooter to place around Dajaun Devonish, Mason Etter and Brock Rechsteiner – a talented young core.

2022 6-2 W Ezra Milton – Deep South Blue Devils – South Cobb
A hard-nosed slasher and effort player, Ezra Milton likes to mix it up. He does a good job providing energy and battling in the paint for rebounds. Milton does play bigger than his size and can play multiple positions. He’s got a quality three-point shot which helps round out his offense. Making plays for others can help his development. He had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a loss to Quiet Storm.

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Battle For Georgia: 16U Standouts Pt. 1 https://sandysspiel.com/battle-for-georgia-16u-standouts-pt-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=battle-for-georgia-16u-standouts-pt-1 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:44:36 +0000 https://sandysspiel.com/?p=9989 2022 6-5 W AJ Barnes – Quiet Storm – Eagle’s Landing AJ Barnes is ready to step out of the shadows. Blessed with great size and athleticism, Barnes has a ton of tools to breakout his junior season. He’s a big wing that can handle the basketball. He pushes the ball up the floor in … Continue reading Battle For Georgia: 16U Standouts Pt. 1

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AJ Barnes2022 6-5 W AJ Barnes – Quiet Storm – Eagle’s Landing
AJ Barnes is ready to step out of the shadows. Blessed with great size and athleticism, Barnes has a ton of tools to breakout his junior season. He’s a big wing that can handle the basketball. He pushes the ball up the floor in the blink of an eye and has some intriguing zip on his passes, giving him upside as a playmaker. He’s got a playable outside shot that can keep the defense honest from distance. When he decides to get to the rim, he can do so without letting bumps knock him off balance. Barnes uses his size to his advantage on the glass, able to rebound at a high level. He finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in a 70-60 win over the Deep South Blue Devils. Barnes is definitely a player I want to see more of this summer. College coaches, take note.

2022 6-8 PF Kendall Campbell – TSF Mack 2022 – Milton
Named 16U MVP, Kendall Campbell was a revelation in his utter dominance throughout the tournament. In an anticipated matchup with the Atlanta Celtics, Campbell destroyed the ballyhooed front line, posting 21 points and 4 rebounds, scoring 17 points in the first half as TSF led 56-25 before settling for a 71-50 decision. In the title game against another strong set of forwards belonging to the Atlanta Xpress, Campbell finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 blocks.  Kendall had everything working throughout the day. The physical specimen played bully ball inside when needed, but showed off so much skill and diversity as well. He hit 2 threes over the two games, scored out of the low post on face-up opportunities and attacked the rim deftly, spinning his way to the cup and finishing with both hands. Campbell has a good motor and isn’t afraid to go in for the kill when he sees the opposition on the ropes. It was a scary first impression of Milton’s newest addition. Ole Miss and Alabama offered at the conclusion of the tournament.

2022 6-7 F RJ Godfrey – Atlanta Xpress – North Gwinnett
RJ Godfrey had good moments throughout Battle For Georgia making it clear to see why High Major schools are hot on his trail. He’s got a college-ready body that’s adept at banging and a developing skill set that is getting better and better. Godfrey is a beast in the paint as a rebounder and rim protector, but he’s got some ball skills as well and could see time on the perimeter in college. On the low block, Godfrey had some nice patient footwork when scoring inside. He had 8 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks vs. D-Favors Celtics and then posted 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block in the championship game.

2022 6-7 F Daniel Pounds – Atlanta Xpress – Forest Park
The continued rise of Daniel Pounds showed no signs of slowing at Battle For Georgia. Playing on a 6-win team during the high school season, Pounds certainly wasn’t on my radar at the immediate conclusion of the season, but as his stock has grown and I’ve gotten a chance to see him numerous times, it would be hard to fathom Forest Park not being able to at the very least double their win output this upcoming season. Pounds plays with a lot of energy and is a motor guy. He’s effective when attacking offensive rebounds and is getting better offensively. RJ Godfrey handles the ball better than Pounds right now, but what Daniel did showcase this weekend was his soft touch from the perimeter, sinking 3 threes over two games. He had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks vs. D-Favors before adding 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists vs. TSF. Pounds is far from reaching his ceiling, which is a scary thought.

2022 6-2 SG Anthony Arrington – D-Favors Celtics – Galloway
Anthony Arrington was excellent in a tough loss to the Atlanta Xpress. Arrington has a mature feel for the game and knows how to get to his spots. He was money from the mid-range, pulling up and sinking basket after basket. Arrington showed some toughness when attacking the basket and did a terrific job rebounding, playing much bigger than his size. He went for 23 points, 9 rebounds and 1 steal. College coaches have started to heat up Arrington’s phone this summer. Expect that trend to continue.

2022 6-6 PF Mason Lockhart – D-Favors Celtics – Carver-Atlanta
Saddled with foul trouble in the first half against Atlanta Xpress, Mason Lockhart came out strong in the second half and found ways to score inside against length. He had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. Lockhart understands how to play with his back to the basket and does a good job of getting physical and fighting for position inside. He’s got an array of moves on the block including a hook shot. With just two points in the first half, Lockhart easily could have let the rough first 16 minutes affect his final 16, but instead he put his head down and got to work. He’s a solid post presence and a college bound player.

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