GBCA Live Boys 2025 Top Performers

GBCA Live Boys: 2025 Top Performers

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Cedric Taylor2025 6-10 F Cedric Taylor – ELCA
Still somehow a sleeper, Cedric Taylor’s move to the GHSA will afford him many more eyeballs and opportunities to play at the next level. At 6-foot-10, it’s hard to imagine schools aren’t familiar with the Swedish’s forward’s game. Taylor has a ton of talent. Physically, he’s long and agile. He has the strength to score through contact and is an explosive dunker. Taylor has upside to score from all three levels. He’s got a pretty shot with three-point range. He is willing to push the ball in transition and pull-up from deep. In the half court when he isn’t posting up, Taylor can come off curls to get downhill.  Cedric runs the floor well, scores out of the pick-and-roll with pick-and-pop potential and is active as a rebounder who can tip-in misses. In a 43-39 loss to Chattahoochee, Taylor recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. He is a D-I talent with significant upside.

2025 6-2 G Kyle Carpenter – Buford
Outsized but not out-toughed, Buford brought the fight to Gainesville in a 56-41 win. Carpenter’s bowling ball physicality helped set the tone as the Wolves outrebounded the Red Elephants 30-25. Kyle produced 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. The off-guard has great body control when exploding to the hoop. He cuts through the defense with powerful drives and is a tough finisher with both hands. With his strength and athleticism, the football standout plays bigger than his size and can impact the game from different spots on the floor.

2025 6-2 G Favion Kirkwood – Johnson-Savannah
I told North Georgia before the game, Favion is who to keep an eye on for Johnson-Savannah in their matchup with Cross Creek. While the Atomsmashers lost pace in the second half and fell 49-36, Kirkwood was a bright spot dumping in 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Favion is primed to have a monster year after coming on strong last season for the Class 3A State Runner-Up.  Favion is a powerful guard that explodes downhill. He powers his way through contact when scoring at the rim and is a dangerous outside shooter as well, able to get to his spots. Favion hit a sidestep three and netted a long pull-up to get his night started against the much bigger Razorbacks. Kirkwood left some meat on the bone, struggling from the foul line at 1-7. He immediately worked on his free throws at the conclusion of the game before leaving the gym. A military kid, Kirkwood has only been playing basketball since the eighth grade. He has steadily improved each season and is quickly becoming one of the best players in Savannah. Favion is a dark horse to keep an eye on. D-II schools are starting to show interest.

Scott Stevens2025 6-2 SG Scott Stevens – Starr’s Mill
I got a first look at Scott Stevens on Saturday night as Starr’s Mill nearly rallied from down 11 at the half to beat Johns Creek, ultimately falling 55-50. Stevens got hot in the second half, hitting three of his four three-pointers after the break. Scott has a sturdy frame which gives him the strength to shoot from deep range. When he sees one shot drop, more are soon to follow. He moves without the ball to get open and will back cut his way to baskets when defenders try to deny him touches on the perimeter. Stevens netted 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block and averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds with 20 made threes over the four-game weekend. The 4.0 GPA student is nice option for D-III schools looking to add a multidimensional floor spacer who can also provide toughness.

2025 6-8 PF Amir Taylor – Grayson
Amir Taylor was a name circulating amongst college coaches all throughout GBCA Live. The debate of what level he fits at will be interesting to watch play out. The latest suitors to jump into the mix are UAB, Wofford and Youngstown State who offered after watching this weekend. Taylor has some old school to his game, a physical post that can play bully-ball with backdowns. Amir scores with both hands with his back to the basket and is good at eliminating second chance opportunities for opponents with his strength getting the ball off the rim. Against Lee County, Taylor went for 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Mid-Major schools are tracking him closely, hoping he doesn’t pop with a High Major bid.

2025 6-3 PG Braden Moore – Lee County
Moore’s emotional performance against Grayson has put him in the crosshairs of D-I programs. Braden went for 21 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, looking like the best guard on the floor in spurts. Moore plays with a chip on his shoulder. He gets great elevation as both a shooter and passer and lets the crowd know whenever he hits a tough shot. His ability to create for others makes Lee County excel. He delivers pocket passes and understands how to vacuum up the defense’s attention before finding the open man. When Moore called his own number to score, he did so from all three levels. He sank three three-pointers including a one-dribble pull-up, netted two mid-range pull-ups, had two drives including a coast-to-coast take off the inbound and his first bucket of the day came on an alley-oop dunk. Arkansas-Pine Bluff and now South Carolina State have offered. More offers should roll in shortly.

2025 6-7 W Josiah Parker – Lee County
Josiah has trimmed up his body since moving to Georgia a few years back. The point forward has size and incredibly nimble feet. Parker’s quickness and guard skills in a combo-forward’s body give him a unique well-rounded game. He has a pretty jump shot which he can get off the dribble out of crossovers. Josiah can stop on a dime and reverse pivot back for jumpers and use that same deft footwork when banging in the paint to maneuver for buckets. Josiah has soft hands and rebounds well in traffic. Against Grayson, Parker double-doubled with 14 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Ohio, Miami-Ohio, UT-Arlington, Florida Atlantic and Florida Gulf Coast all offered before GBCA Live.

Tim Prather2025 6-0 G Tim Prather – Newton
Built like a running back, Tim Prather is an explosive athlete. He was the head of the snake for Newton this weekend, helping push the ball at a break neck pace as the Rams overwhelmed all competition on their way to winning the Blue Division title. Prather scores the ball along the perimeter. With his strength and athleticism, Prather looks like he could be an all downhill attacker, but Tim’s jump shot is a true weapon. He hit three three-pointers against Maynard Jackson including two pull-ups, one a step-back. Prather’s toughness exudes on the glass and as a physical defender. Tim posted 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals in a 56-34 win. College programs had to have liked what they saw this weekend.

Ted Neal2025 6-6 W Ted Neal – Newton
Ted filled up the box score against Maynard Jackson, running the floor for dunks. In the halfcourt Neal hit a floater and got to the basket for a layup. The wing shoots the ball well enough to open the floor, but it is his quick first step that really helps Neal succeed. The bouncy swingman tallied 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks. His versatility on both sides of the ball gives him serious value. D-I programs have been in contact over the course of his career.

2025 6-3 G Jaiden Haynes – Greenforest
In from Drew Charter, Jaiden Haynes brings a burst of downhill athleticism to Greenforest. The lefty accelerates when hitting holes, a deft slasher with a knack for scoring in traffic. He hammered home a slam off the bounce, scored in transition and mixed in a pull-up jumper to keep the defense honest. Jaiden tallied 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in a loss to Pace Academy.

Caleb Jones2025 6-3 G Caleb Jones – Benedictine
The professional scorer clocked in and got buckets in a tough 39-38 loss to Colquitt County. Jones was nearly the entire offense, scoring 15 of the Cadets’ 21 second half points. Jones finished with a game-high 25 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Caleb hit just one jump shot throughout the contest, a pull-up three. He could not be guarded off the bounce, a heat seeking missile that got to the foul line at will, almost every single possession down the stretch in the second half as he shot 14-20 from the free throw line. Caleb is among the best, most consistent scorers in Georgia. He does it from all three levels and is sneaky athletic, explosive enough to punch dunks on defenders. Jones’ recruitment hasn’t quite blown up just yet. D-II programs would love for it to stay that way so they can steal his services for the next four years.

Enzo Combs2025 6-1 G Enzo Combs – Habersham Central
I really liked what I saw out of Enzo Combs for my first impression. Combs is a smooth downhill attacker. He patiently lets plays develop before getting to the hoop. Enzo plays with balance in traffic, understanding when to explode up quickly and when to gather himself to play off two feet. Combs was extremely impressive getting to his left hand, finishing thrice with his off-hand. Enzo hit two threes against Sequoyah including a pull-up from the top of the key. The crafty guard tallied 19 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 55-53 victory. I had heard great things about Combs and he lived up to the hype on Saturday. Based off one viewing, Combs looks like a priority target for D-III programs with D-II upside. Enzo averaged 16.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.2 steals this weekend.

2025 6-7 PF JoJo McCurry – Habersham Central
Young Harris offered JoJo at the conclusion of GBCA Live. McCurry is a physical low block scorer with nimble feet and a high skill level with his back to the basket. JoJo can finish with dunks, but he isn’t gifted with springy bounce like some other bigs, so he relies upon his crafty moves to score on the block. JoJo loves to use low ball fakes along the baseline. Almost every time when he catches it he fakes a bounce pass before powering up to score. McCurry’s strength with the ball affords him patience when implementing head and ball fakes as he won’t get the ball ripped out of his hands. JoJo has a soft touch inside which extends to the foul line and beyond. McCurry went 4-4 from the free throw line and netted a straight away three against Sequoyah, finishing with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

2025 6-2 G Cade Lomas – Sequoyah
Lomas is a pure sniper from beyond the arc. He has a quick release with deep-range. He sank five threes in the first half against Habersham Central with two coming from the corners. In the second half, Cade showed his off the dribble game, attacking the hoop for an And-1 floater. Lomas went 4-5 from the foul line and finished with 21 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

2025 6-3 G Matlock Gemberling – Sequoyah
The bouncy guard scored in a variety of ways against Habersham Central en route to finishing with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal. Gemberling hit a corner three, a mid-range jumper, scored on a drive, got a basket in transition and had the highlight of the game, throwing down a monster slam on a baseline out of bounds alley-oop. Gemberling’s well-rounded offensive approach along with his superior athleticism gives the high academic student (4.2 GPA; 1220 SAT) some sneaky value at the next level.

Jaydon Cole2025 6-2 SG Jaydon Cole – King’s Ridge
Jaydon peppered the defense with his three-point shot. Cole is exceptional working off flare screens. He has a quick trigger to pair with deep three-point. In a blowout of a shorthanded South Paulding, Cole made some plays inside the arc as well. He scored twice in transition highlighted by a spin move and was able to get on the offensive glass for a putback. Cole tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The sharpshooter should draw interest among multiple levels with a Radford offer already in his back pocket from last August.

Kyler Fox2025 6-8 C Kyler Fox – Chattahoochee
In a tough matchup against Cedric Taylor, Kyler Fox came to play. The two tussled inside with Fox more than holding his own, collecting 12 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and the win. Kyler found success on the backboard. He scored on three putbacks including an And-1 dunk. Fox scored in the post twice and had a steal for a breakaway layup. Kyler is a steady presence inside. He does what you want from a big man. Small schools and JUCOs should take a look.

Aldrion Jones2025 6-4 G Aldrion Jones – Westside-Augusta
It was a breakout performance in a 52-41 win over Sandy Creek as AJ erupted for 28 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. As it feels like all Westside-Augusta guards are, Jones is a bouncy athlete. The big guard thrived at getting to the rim, throwing down four slams. Jones had five of his buckets come in transition and added two hoops off putbacks. Aldrion netted a three and went 3-5 from the foul line. If Jones can consistently mix in outside shots to his arsenal and expand his three-point range, AJ could see his stock sky rocket. Aldrion has officially put his name on college radars. It will be exciting to see what Jones can develop into his senior season after averaging just 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds as a junior.

2025 6-7 F Dodge Davis – Pickens
The stretch forward showcased his versatility in a 40-29 win over Baldwin, knocking down a pair of threes, getting a dunk off the opening tip and scoring in transition. Davis finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. He creates mismatches with his perimeter shooting touch and has a sneaky quick first step for his size which helps him finish above the rim when getting downhill. Dodge holds switchability on defense as he can defend both inside and out. Davis should he high on D-III and NAIA wish lists.

2025 6-6 W Deke Cooper – Woodward Academy
In a 58-45 win over Ware County, Deke went for 18 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block. Cooper’s game has grown on me over the years, impressing me more and more each time I see him. Deke showcased offensive versatility on Friday hitting a three, getting two big dunks, netting a post turnaround and converting a steal into a breakaway layup. Cooper holds four D-I offers.

2025 6-0 G Jarvis Wright – Ware County
Known for his three-point shot, Jarvis buried four threes against Woodward Academy but impressed me more with his improved playmaking off the dribble. Wright was able to drive and kick to open teammates zipping bullet passes. Continuing to add to his game to pair with his jump shot will help Wright reach his ceiling. Jarvis had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss. North Florida offered in May while Maryville offered during GBCA Live.

2025 6-4 F Dedric Jackson – Ware County
I loved the effort Dedric Jackson brought against Woodward Academy. The lanky forward attacks rebounds with soft hands. Jackson scored on three putbacks, hit a corner three and converted an And-1  while shooting 5-7 from the foul line to finish with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 1 block.

2025 5-8 PG Chris McLavish – Kell
Though he was the smallest player on the floor, Chris McLavish may have had the biggest overall impact in Kell’s 59-51 win over North Oconee. The shifty playmaker recorded 13 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. McLavish niftily switched gears to keep defenders off balance, getting past his man before either releasing a floater or kicking to an open teammate. Chris drained a pair of threes and scored on a scoop layup in transition to evade his shot being blocked. His size may hurt his recruitment, but pound-for-pound Chris has as much skill as any guard in the state.

Owen Ritger2025 6-9 F Owen Ritger – Marist
Kennesaw State, Ohio and North Florida all offered after watching Owen play at GBCA Live. 7-foot-2 wingspanned lefty creates tons of mismatches. He has lean strength with the skill to play in the post or on the wing. Ritger handles the ball well for his size, capable of pushing in transition. Owen isn’t necessarily springy off the floor, but he is a solid athlete that has no issue playing above the rim. He stretches the floor with his three-point shot and is a threat to pull-up off the dribble from beyond the arc. Owen plays with great strength in the paint and is a foul magnet. He shot 8-10 from the line as he finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Ritger scored with post turnarounds, out of the pick-and-roll, on offensive rebounds and used a soft floater. When faced up from the high post, Ritger saw the floor as a passer. Ritger has been one of the hottest names in Georgia this Summer and should continue to see the temperature of his recruitment rise following an impressive GBCA Live. 4

Marcus Scurry2025 5-11 G Marcus Scurry – Butler
I loved what I saw from Marcus Scurry in a loss to Marist. Marcus went for 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals. He has a picture-perfect smooth jump shot which he gets to off the dribble. Scurry buried three three-pointers and hit a pair of pull-ups. Marcus showed skill getting to the hoop, kissing a high arcing floater off the glass to score over the outstretched arms of Owen Ritger. D-II schools should do their homework on Scurry. He was one of my favorite players to watch this weekend.

Keith Banks2025 6-0 G Keith Banks – Seckinger
Banks is not bashful about shooting the ball. The high-octane scorer has deep three-point range making him a threat as soon as he’s three steps across halfcourt. The lefty creates space off the dribble, using step-backs to free himself for open looks. When he decides to attack the rim, KJ has the speed and physical strength to rush past defenders and score through contact. In a 61-60 first round win over Union County, Banks netted 18 points, 2 assists and 1 block, hitting five threes in the process in front of D-II, D-III and NAIA programs from Georgia.

Houston Henry2025 6-0 PG Houston Henry – Union County
In a one-point loss to Seckinger, Houston Henry showed why he’s one of the best guards in North Georgia, dumping in 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 1 block as he nearly rallied the Panthers back from a double-digit deficit. Henry is so crafty with how he manipulates the defense with his handle and more impressively his body, getting defenders in his back pocket as he matriculates his way to the hoop. Houston scored from all over, hitting three three-pointers and attacking the rack for five paint buckets. Henry does so much for his team. He has blossomed into a consistent scorer while still shouldering the load of playmaker, creating offense for others with his facilitating. D-III and D-II programs should get involved.