2020 Spring Recruiting update – April 27, 2020
Auburn recently landed a commitment from 4-Star forward JT Thor of Norcross (GA).
Atlanta, Ga– Things are starting to wind down with the Class of 2020 and guys are committing to schools every day. The past few weeks has seen some of the top guys left on the board make their college decision, but there are others who are still picking up offers and waiting things out. Let’s take a look at some notable Georgia recruiting developments over the last 2 weeks. A 2021 update will be coming next.
By: Trent Markwith
We’ll start off with Tyrin Lawrence, who did not play in Georgia this year, but is a Morgan County graduate who elected to do a post-grad year at Sunrise Christian in Kansas. Lawrence committed to Vanderbilt on April 9thafter releasing a Top 3 of Vandy, California, and Ole Miss less than a week before. Lawrence helped himself as much as you could during his extra year and should have a nice career for Jerry Stackhouse.
Also committing on April 9thwas Michael Whitmore from Woodward Academy as he decided to sign with Division 2 Lee University in Tennessee. Whitmore’s name was buzzing all season long with the state champion War Eagles because of his defensive ability, energy, and other winning traits. His recruitment picked up significantly towards the end of the 2019-20 season and it carried on into the spring.
Before his commitment on April 12th, JT Thor was the best available prospect in Georgia. Thor will be headed to Auburn where he will team up with another 2020 Georgia prospect in Sharife Cooper from McEachern. Thor came to Norcross for his senior season and possesses impressive perimeter skill and athleticism at 6’9”.
Later on in the day on April 12th, Giancarlo Bastianoni from Trinity Christian announced he will be headed to Presbyterian. Presbyterian was the 1stDivision school to offer Bastianoni after he received 3 Division 2 offers in rapid succession during March. Bastianoni was pretty undervalued as a recruit but had a great senior season before suffering an ankle injury.
After receiving a release from Georgia Southern following their coaching change, Caleb Byrd will be going to Charlotte this fall, which he announced on April 14th. Byrd was one of the hottest MM prospects around last summer and has proven to be an exceptional scorer with a competitive mentality.
Although Georgia Southern lost Byrd, Brian Burg and the new Southern staff picked up the commitment of Dutchtown’s Cam Bryant on April 21st. Bryant won a state championship at Dutchtown this year and impressed with his versatility, intensity, and energy.
The recruitment of Demetrius Rivers was fairly private and quiet this year, but he committed to Kennesaw State on April 15th. Rives marks the 4thGeorgia prospect in 2020 that will play for Amir Abdur-Rahim at KSU. He joins Chris Youngblood, Brandon Stroud, and Kasen Jennings as the in-state guys for the class.
Another sleeper prospect like Rives, Prince Davies committed to D2 Belmont-Abbey the night of April 15th. Part of the Wheeler 7A State Championship team this year, Davies is an active wing who can really defend and has continued to develop offensively throughout his high school career. Belmont-Abbey has also signed Chandler Baker (Walker School) and Jaylon Simpson (Campbell) from Georgia in 2020.
After a few days without commitments, Caleb Williams of Buford decided to go with D2 North Greenville shortly after NGU and a few other programs offered him. Williams is a physical, late-blooming wing who came into his own this winter after waiting his turn at Buford.
Along with Cam Bryant’s commitment on April 21st, another Division 1 pledge that night came from London Riley, who will be going to Alabama A&M. Arguably the top shooter in the state, Riley is a good pickup for AAMU and showed significant improvement in other areas this year also.