#OTRHoopsReport: GHSA post players preview – Oct 9, 2017
Wheeler (GA) forward EJ Montgomery is one of the nations to available forwards.
Atlanta, Ga – We wrap up our 2017-18 GHSA position previews with the post players. The guys that will clean up the glass, get easy put backs, have regular block parties, and occasionally pick and pop for the three-ball. On the Radar’s staff of evaluators have collectively worked together to break down the top big men to watch for this school ball season.
POWER & FINESSE
Carlos Curry, 2018, 6-11 PF, Dougherty High School (3A):
Right now, Curry is one of the more intriguing players in the state. At the start of the offseason, he had no offers and was a relatively unknown kid from South-Georgia. However, after solid showings during the July live sessions, the 6-foot-11 power forward has arguably turned into the hottest prospect in Georgia. He turned heads with his combination of power and versatility. In fact, Donte Medlock explains, “Curry is very mobile from the post position. On the offensive side, he runs the floor well and has the ability to face up and knock down the fifteen footer. Defensively, he utilizes his large hands to control the paint and protect the rim.”
Since picking up his first offer from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on September 5, 2017, the multi-talented big man has racked up 10+ offers from programs such as Florida State, Illinois State, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky to name a few.
EJ Montgomery, 2018, 6-10 PF, Wheeler High School (7A):
The one time Auburn commit can flat out get it done on all three levels. Montgomery is widely considered at top-25 recruit by several reputable scouting services. The Metro-Atlanta area forward has multiple facets to his game that has division-1 programs salivating for his services. Shun Williams says, “At 6-foot-10, 210-pounds, his skill level sets him apart and makes him one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class.”
After decommitting from the Tigers on September 27, 2017, Montgomery is now one of the top seniors on the market.
Reggie Perry, 2018, 6-9 PF, Thomasville High School (2A):
Perry is widely considered the top overall player in Georgia’s 2018 class. The Mississippi State commit cracks the top-20 in the ESPN, Rivals, and Scout rankings. Perry, as mentioned by Donte Medlock, “is a forward that can score inside or step out to the wing and knock down shots from beyond the three-point stripe.” With the No.1 spot in the state solidified heading into the season, expect the South-Georgia product to continue to ascend on the national scene.
Kalu Ezipke, 2018, 6-7 PF, Discovery High School (7A):
At 6-foot-7, 220-pounds, Ezipke is built like a grown man. The bruising forward has the ability to bang down low and his capacity in the midrange area is noteworthy. According to Kowacie Reeves, “Ezipke is a skilled beast that fits the mold of the new era’s stretch-four. He punishes the opposition in the painted area and uses his face up jab series on the perimeter to create for himself.”
At the time being, he holds a slew of mid-major offers, ranging from Florida Gulf Coast, Mercer, Old Dominion, and UNC-Greensboro among others.
Amanze Nguzemi, 2018, 6-9 PF, Johnson-Savannah High School (3A):
Nguzemi is an athletic freak of nature. This kid has pro potential if he continues to develop and put it all together. He quickly rose up the ranks this offseason as he terrorized the travel circuit. The 6-foot-9 senior fits the mold of a Demarcus Cousins type of player. After watching him at our Super 6 Showcase, Shun Williams said, “He showed the ability to play with his back to the basket with an arsenal of moves from the post and extended to the wing to hit a couple of jumpers. He punished the rim all weekend with dunk after dunk.”
On September 3, 2017 Nguzemi decided to stay in-state by pledging to the University of Georgia.
Amari Kelly, 2018, 6-9 PF, Meadowcreek High School (7A):
Kelly is a very fundamentally sound player that is a throwback big-man. He stays close to the basket on both ends and never gets outside of himself. When watching him he does not do anything that pops off the screen, but he consistently collects double-doubles. As a matter of fact, Kowacie Reeves says, “I watched him a few times this summer with Stackhouse Elite and he isn’t super athletic, but he plays angles really well. The more I got to see him, he really reminded me a lot of Zach Randolph.”
Kowacie Reeves is a contributor to On the Radar Hoops
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