Peach Bracket Breakdown
- North Atlanta vs Grayson, two of the better point guards in the state will be on display, Campbell commit Messiah Thompson taking on electrifying Deivon Smith. Will Messiah be able to keep up with Smith on the offensive end, can Smith stop Thompson. How will Andrew Robinson handle being guarded by elite defenders Josh Smith and Reco Hallmon. The key to this game could be the bigs as Grayson has a ton starting with Ian Scheffelin, Texas A&M football signee Kenyon Jackson, Taje Kelly, Carlos Dixon, Xavier Ayres. Grayson has one of the deepest benches in the state, and they can keep throwing bodies at you, so will they look to where Thompson down. 6’5 Joshua Johnson will have to step and play big for North Atlanta for them to have a chance to win.
- Johnson, Savannah vs John Marshall(Va), Representing the DMV, John Marshall has a flame thrower, Southpaw guard Elijah Seward can shoot the trey ball, while 6’4 wing Jarius Ashlock assaults all rims in his path, big and physical knows how to finish at the rim, and can also shoot. Demarr McCrae is a bonafide scorer, Tuff with a capital T guard Levar Allen, and emerging big man 6’10 Roosevelt Wheeler, you will have your hands full with this group. Johnson, Savannah comes to Atlanta from the C-port City, looking to make some noise. Shemar Jones, Emondre Bowles, and Michael Graham make up a talented backcourt. 6’8 Brandon Harris is a problem on the wing, long athletic shooter, who can go inside-out. Big man Lamont Sams gives you inside presence with ability to score low, rebound and block shots. That matchup with Roosevelt Wheeler could be major in this game. Johnson gonna have to find a way to stop Ashlock, but the Justices better find a answer for Brandon Harris as well.
- Heritage School vs Lithonia, One of the most electrifying juniors in state Eric Gaines will be on display in this game for the Lithonia Bulldogs and Coach Wallace Corker. Gaines ability to score in bunches has Lithonia a dangerous team to watch. He’s helped by guards Bryson Rockcliffe, N’Kyzie Hawkins, Zephaniah Corker and Osiris Corker, on the block look for big man Justin Myles to do the heavy lifting. 6’7 Myles, rebounds with the best of them and finishes strong while running the floor for buckets. Lithonia has always been a sound defense team and that trend continues. Heritage School has a big man of their on in Ebenezer Dowuona, high level prospect with some nice big man skills, and very high motor. He and Myles will match motor for motor, 2020 guard Kasen Jennings can hold his own with any guard in this game, combo guard who knows how to score to the basket or on the bounce. He likes to mix it up with his shot selection to keep defenders off balance. “Human Torch” Lance Terry is a certified flame thrower, who can make shots from anywhere on the floor. Gardner-Webb absolutely stole one with this shooter, and that ability to change the game at a moments notice. Keys to the game, Lithonia is gonna have to slow Terry down, and not allow him to get good clean looks at the basket, Myles has to hold his own with Dowouna for the Bulldogs to get the W. Heritage can’t allow Gaines to do Gaines things(score, assist, drive, use energy), Heritage also has to be aware of the other shooters on the floor, Lithonia has a plethora of good guards, that will make you pay. Big Broderick Jones will be key for Lithonia, because he will be able to spell Myles or they can play two bigs at the same time.
- Lakewood (SC) vs Meadowcreek Lakewood out of South Carolina brings talented point guard Nas Andino, and 2 poster makers in Athletic 6’4 Quentin Hodge, and Jacksonville State Juwan Perdue. Andino is considered a high IQ point guard, can also fill it up. Perdue and Hodge are super athletic, and can score in multiple ways, Hodge can shoot it from beyond the arc and get to the cup, while possessing nice handles. Perdue is can go inside out and a cause matchup problems with his size. 7A GHSA defending state champs Meadowcreek, may be one of the best defensive teams in the country holding teams to around 50 a game, Damion Dunn headed to Temple, Jalen Benjamin headed to UAB, are tough but the MVP in my eyes so far has been Jamir Chaplin. Chaplin, the South Florida commit has showed his ability to go and play the 4 position using his athletic ability to get to the rack, get timely putback or dunks and guard bigs or smalls. I love watching Damion Dunn, just when you watch him play you know he has that “juice”. Benjamin reminds me of A.I. so much his defense his, how he gets to the hole when he wants, just takes tough shots, he is special. 6’6 Jermoniee Watkins-Causey does the dirty work, keeping balls alive, rebounds loose balls, all the intangibles. Emmaunel Collier, is the glue he does a little bit of everything, someone is gonna still a good player on the next level. Sophmore Kedrick Green is special, its not often you see a savy Sophmore but this is him. Green not scared of the big moment, takes timely shots, makes play and runs the team with efficiency. One thing about Meadowcreek is that they are “sneaky deep”, Green, Jabari Bailey, and Corey Blissett all come off the bench and are capable of making impacts. Meadowcreek and Coach Curtis Gillyelan are for real. Keys Andino vs Benjamin, who is gonna slow who down, Dunn and Chaplin vs Hodge and Perdue, and how will Perdue and Hodge adjust to this smothering Medowcreek Defense. X Factor will Lakewood be able handle Green, Collier and will they answer for Watkins down low.