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Region Playoff Roundup - 2/12 and 2/14

MILTON AND LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – We’re breaking down our region coverage in 2-day blocks, starting with my opening trips to Cambridge HS and Discovery HS Saturday and Monday. By: Keith Agran Region 7-6A CREEKVIEW 59, CAMBRIDGE 53 PLAYER OF THE GAME: Griffin Latimer, Freshman, PG, Creekview (25 pts, 23 in 2nd half) GRIZZLIES NOTES: The 5-7 Latimer put on a stunning 2nd half performance in almost singlehandedly holding off a Bears rally, showing off a hot hand from 3 and a fearless attack-plan at the basket. The senior backcourt of PG Trent......

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Non-Senior Backcourts Duos – Looking Ahead Pt 5

CUMMING, GA – And we polish off this series with Part 5, backcourt duos we’re going to get to enjoy both still in this postseason and on into next season. By: Keith Agran Elijah Fisher and Javonne Williams | both 2023 | Paulding County Insert fellow 2023 Frantzyr Chardovoine at your leisure here because he fits the bill just as well as his two classmates. What’s so compelling about both Fisher and Williams is the pace at which they play at both ends, seemingly never letting up, a mix of relentless pressure......

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Stock Riser Bigs - ATL-Metro Part 2

ATLANTA, GA – And next up are 12 more Stock Riser Bigs from the ATL-Metro and perhaps a bit beyond, guys whose stock has risen or is set to catch fire this summer leading into next season. By: Keith Agran Brigham Rogers | 6-9 | 2023 | Blessed Trinity Such progress has Rogers made across the spectrum in the last 2 years that words hardly do it justice. Get down to a BT game to see first the offensive game that has moved much further from the basket, and the improved handle......

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Stock Riser Bigs - ATL-Metro Part 1

ATLANTA, GA – We’ve given quite a bit of attention to guards recently as they so often dominate the headlines and the stat sheets, but here are the first 12 of 24 underclass bigs I’ve seen in the ATL-Metro whose stock has either risen this season or are ones who have a chance to use the coming spring and summer to prep for big breakout seasons in ’22-23. By: Keith Agran Jaiun Simon | 6-6 | 2023 | Pebblebrook Will soon be regularly mentioned among the top players in the class regardless......

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Sage Speaks - 2/8/22

Sage Speaks – 2/8/22

CUMMING, GA – NFHS technical difficulties amazingly and randomly cost me the couple of views I was looking forward to, so just two trips on the road last week to recap. Chattahoochee at Centennial (2/4/22) WHAT HAPPENED: Centennial W 69-61 – The home Knights had to fend off a big effort from Hooch guard Tomiwa Adetosoye, but defense and veterans again paid dividends. CENTENNIAL STANDOUTS: Taking full advantage of their size edge, the 2 senior bigs for Coach Matt Barksdale were huge particularly in the 2nd half. It was Wade Kahl early......

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Non-Senior Backcourts Duos - Looking Ahead Pt 4

CUMMING, GA – We’re rolling on after 3 parts so far in this series, as we hit Part 4, with Part 5 set to be the next and last. By: Keith Agran London Johnson and Mier Panoam | both 2023 | Norcross With the Blue Devils seriously hitting their stride right now it’s no surprise that these two are posting impressive numbers up and down the stat sheet. Watching Johnson (pictured above) you see the incredible polish of the high-profile recruit he is, but also the down and dirty necessities of a......

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6A Playoff Impact Sophomores

6A Playoff Impact Sophomores

CUMMING, GA – And now some 6A members of the 2024 class who could have a lot to say about this year’s Region and State brackets. By: Keith Agran John McQueen | SF | Langston Hughes | 6A-Region 4 Very competitive region with Westlake and Tucker sitting above them right now and Morrow and Lovejoy clipping at their heels just below in the standings. McQueen has been an intriguing offensive addition to what is always among the Metro’s best defensive programs, so well-drilled are the Panthers under Coach Rory Welsh he’s fit......

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7A Playoff Impact Sophomores

7A Playoff Impact Sophomores

CUMMING, GA – With the Region playoffs and state brackets just off on the horizon, experience is always a welcome recipe to any deep playoff run. But here we look at players from a strong 2024 class here in GA who have a chance to be impact players for their teams in the postseason. We start in 7A: By: Keith Agran Ace Bailey | SG | McEachern | 7A-Region 2 For my money, the state’s best sophomore at a highly-skilled 6-7, he was the best 8th-grader I saw 2 years ago while......

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Non-Senior Backcourt Duos – Looking Ahead Pt 3

CUMMING, GA – Part 3 now of non-senior backcourt duos I’ve seen that are impacting seasons as we speak and will into the future. By: Keith Agran Christian Anderson Jr and Kyle Walters | 2024 and 2023 | Lovett Anderson continues to assert himself on the scene as one of the top scoring PG’s in the ATL-Metro, defying the limits of size to consistently post numbers any coach or player would envy. The sophomore already has committed to Michigan, but having the security of such a high-profile offer hasn’t stopped him from......

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Longhorn 5-Star Showcase – Six-Pack Of GA Guys Who Shined

MILTON, GA – We looked at out-of-state top performers from Saturday’s Longhorn 5-Star Showcase hosted by Milton Basketball, we now look at homegrown guys who couldn’t be missed, as the many of the stars on the local scene borough their A-games to North Fulton. By: Keith Agran Jeremiah Wilkinson | 6-2 | CG | Hillgrove | 2024 Was looking forward to seeing Wilkinson after last seeing him suit up early with his new Hillgrove teammates back at the June Live Period camp, all that I’d heard about the kind of season he......

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