GHSA Wing Preview – November 12, 2020
Matthew Cleveland is one of the top forwards in the state of Georgia and one of the best nationally.
Atlanta, Ga– The Peach State is jam-packed with hoop talent year in and year out and today we are back with our annual GHSA Position Preview Series. Below, Hypesouth Media examines some of the top players and budding prospects at the wing position.
6’6, Chance Moore, 2021, McEachern
It is no secret that Moore puts the ball in the hole at a high-clip, but his improvement on the other side of the ball was evident this offseason. If Moore becomes a consistent two-way player he’ll have a real opportunity to make a living hooping one day. The four-star McEachern guard recently signed with the University of Arkansas.
6’6, Travis Harper, 2021, St. Anne Pacelli
Travis, affectionately known as “Duece,” made a splash this summer running with Team Georgia Magic. The 6-foot-6 slasher was a terror in the open court showing off incredible playmaking ability. He steadily improved every facet of his game as the summer progressed and a couple lower level programs took notice. Schools like NJIT, IUPUI, Catawba, Clayton State, and Miles College extended offers, but we believe he is a bit under recruited and a couple mid-plus offers could be on the horizon.
6’7, Kowacie Reeves Jr., 2021, Westside-Macon
Reeves Jr. is arguably the top overall wing player in Georgia. The University of Florida signee has sprouted to 6-foot-7 and continues to polish his all-around game. He is a versatile player that will have Westside-Macon in the Class 4A state title conversation.
6’4, Cameron McDowell, 2021, McEachern
One of the top available players left in the Peach State. McDowell recorded multiple games last season of 30 plus points for the Indians and he will be called upon this year to lead coach Mike Thompson’s team. He is a strong and physical scorer. He can get to the rim in transition as well as in the half court. He simply power drives through defenders where he can finish at a high rate or draw the foul. In addition, McDowell can make shots when given time and he is capable of being a lock down defender.
6’6, Matthew Cleveland, 2021, Pace Academy
The Florida State signee has a body that is ready made for the next level. He is a big, strong, skilled, and athletic prospect that is a matchup nightmare on the perimeter. Expect Cleveland to be the pilot leading defending state champs, Pace Academy, on another championship run.
6’6, Jusuan Holt, 2021, St. Francis
Holt is a fierce competitor that takes pride in demoralizing opponents on both ends. The University of Alabama signee is a creative scorer and lockdown defender. He is a back-to-back state champion looking to add a third to his résumé.
6’7, Kaleb Washington, 2021, Wheeler
Dayton snuck in the back door and snagged Washington away from a host of other high major programs. The 6-foot-7 forward has endless upside and could end up being the steal of Georgia’s 2021 wing class. After transferring over to Wheeler from Pebblebrook, Look for Washington to play a key role in helping the Wildcats defend their state title.
Kaleb Washington has the tools and the skill set to be a big time prospect
He’s a good basketball player with a high ceiling.
— Shun Williams (@OntheRadarHoops) July 7, 2020
6’4, Randy Brady, 2021, McEachern
This summer Brady played extremely well, he was one of the more consistent players we had an opportunity to see. He can finish at the rim with either hand with good touch and body control for a player his size. In the half court, Brady scores in a variety of ways inside the arc. He really likes quick straight-line slashes and baseline drives. Brady can also connect on jumpers from multiple levels when given time and space.
6’3, Marius Ellis, 2021, Lee County
This kid can fly and is hands down the most athletic player in the Peach State. The Team Huncho high riser is a walking highlight-reel whose name is starting to swirl around the state. He is an excellent help-side shot blocker and glass cleaner. Ellis will fly under the radar some being from South Georgia, but college coaches should definitely do their homework and sniff around here.
6’4, Jamal Clyce, 2021, Pebblebrook
This Georgia State commit will anchor the Pebblebrook offense, Clyce excels in transition by running the floor and finishing ahead of the pack. He is a very good athlete that scores on slashes to the rim and connecting on jumpers from the mid-range area which is the strength of his game. He plays with high energy and is aggressiveat all times.
6’4, Taihland Owens, 2021, Cherokee
Owens will provide scoring power for a talented Cherokee team. His shot is crisp with a high release and he gets it off quick. He has a solid frame with deceptive amount of bounce and overall athleticism. He has a high basketball IQ and knows how to move without the ball to get open. He has improved his dribble-drive game and does a solid job of getting to the basket.
Taihland Owens has the ability to get into a groove and knock down several deep three points in a row when he gets hot.
— Shun Williams (@OntheRadarHoops) September 9, 2020
6’5, Robert Cowherd, 2022, Grayson
One of the biggest surprises of the summer was Cowherd. This Cowherd made waves while playing with Aim High during August and September. Cowherd has a strong frame with nice length that can take contact while driving in the paint area and he’s a good athlete. The strength of his game is shooting. He has a very smooth release and his shot is especially deadly in a catch and shoot situation.
6’5, RJ Godfrey, 2022, North Gwinnett
Godfrey was a major part of the Bulldogs success last season. He has a prototypical wing-type frame with long arms and his explosiveness is impressive. He is quite potent in transition where he knows how to finish at or above the rim. He plays with good energy and can make plays at both ends of the floor due to his length and quickness.