Every year, several moving companies in the state of Georgia businesses seem to boom, as Georgia becomes the places where hoopers move and in the state and around the state. Let’s take a look at some moves that could shake up GHSA basketball this season
In case you didn’t know the Grayson Rams have become a juggernaut in the world of basketball in GHSA, led by Head Coach Geoffrey Pierce, the Rams with 2 back to back final 4 appearances and don’t seem to show signs of slowing down. The Rams finished 22-7 last year and seem poised for another run. Enter Javon Tatum and Josh Smith, after spending time at Tucker with the legendary James Hartry Tatum decided to make a move out to Loganville and play for the Rams his senior year. Tatum averaged 18.3 pts a game and is expected to help Deivon Smith, Reco Hallmon, young budding star Eli Schieffelin. Josh Smith comes in from Holy Innocents, the junior will be counted on step in and play major minutes as a starter. Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds.
Outlook: This pickups are major for the Rams, and may give them enough to finally unseat Newton as Region Champs.
Lose a McDonald’s All American and there may a little cause for concern you would think, but not for Coach Larry Thompson. Malachi Rhodes, Sam Hines, and Charles Smith IV will make life a little easier for Thompson to replace All-American and Kentucky signee EJ Montgomery, Charles Smith IV is a jump shooter’s delight with a nice mid-range and shoots the long ball with a nice stroke, he can attack the rack and finish strong off the bounce. Committed to the University of California which has produced Jaylen Brown, Jason Kidd, and Tony Gonzalez. Malachi Rhodes comes over from ELCA, Rhodes averaged 14.5 points, 10.6 rebounds. He will be the anchor inside and out for Wheeler, and will team with the ever improving Darius Gaddy to form a tough Duo in the paint. Sam Hines from St Francis comes in and is bringing Hines averaged 12.1 points, 7.1 rebounds. Hines figures to be big and after watching his skill work this week at the @GRUhoops workout, he could be a big piece going forward.
Outlook: In Thompson’s 1st year at Wheeler was respectable by all accounts 18-11, Elite 8, in Wheeler was the expectations are state titles. Thompson has been here before winning championships at Greenforest, Eastmond, Smith, Hines, Rhodes, Gaddy, Burns, Hardison means Wheeler could be back in a major way.
Norcross Blue Devils
When you have the tradition that Norcross basketball has players want to become part of this aura of Norcross. Losing JoJo Toppin, and Dalvin White seem like it would put Norcross as a team in the middle of the pack, but that’s not the case. Bringing back all world guard Kyle Sturdivant, Brandon (BJ) Boston, and Issa Muhammad, along with Caleb Murphy, and Kenton Eskridge. If those weren’t enough, Norcross has added Issac Martin a big time shooter from Wheeler. Martin has shown the ability to shoot the ball in big game situations.
Outlook: McMillian squad looks poised for another good run at the state title, and why not these talented group of Seniors and Juniors are gonna be tough to be once they gel come February.
Devin Evans and Jalyn Hickman come in and look to provide some scoring for Coach Huff’s Wildcats. Expect Evans and Hickman to continue Duluth’s run to another state playoff
Coach BJ Roy is loaded over in Lawrenceville this season adding Elijah Wilson, Cam Rowland, Sean-Pierre Akers-Kennedy, add that with Nahiem Alleyne and Eric Jones, and Mountain View will be making a run to unseat Norcross as the best team in Gwinnett County.
Meadowcreek loses Kelly and Hightower, but welcomes North Carolina product Damian Dunn who , averaged 17.5 points, 6 rebounds, pairing them with Chaplin and Sophmore PG Kendric Green, could but the Creek back in the hunt.
Picks up Hasahnn Reynolds from Florida. Reynolds averaged 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, adding to Ian Hardy, Leslie Nkeruwem, and Jaden Walker
Jermaine Mann and Nate Allison look to form a dynamic one-two punch for new Head Coach Charlamagne Gibbons and the Panthers, look for them to make serious noise come tourney time.
Coach Hartry, has been known in the past for developing wing, Manny Atkins (Va Tech) Shembari Phillips (Ga Tech) Marshon Brooks (NBA), that trend should continue with Junior Jermontae Hill, coming from Grady the 6’5 wing is ultra athletic and can shoot the ball. Add ball-handling and Hill, gives Tucker something special and could make some noise in 6A.