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GHSA 5A State Championship Preview


Eagles Landing

Region: 2-AAAAA

Record: 29-1 (11-1)

Key Players: David Thomas, Chris Morris, Khylan McKennie, Clark Mastin, Kenny Brayboy

Road to Macon: vs. Greenbier (80-32), vs. Lithonia (64-36), vs. Mays (81-71), vs. Jones County (66-54)



Kell

Region: 6-AAAAA

Record: 27-2 (12-0)

Key Players: Peyton Marshall, CJ Brown, Jaylen Colon, Parrish Johnson Jr., Cannon Richards, Aaron Smith

Road to Macon: vs. Jackson (97-68), vs. Eastside (79-48), vs. Dutchtown (73-60), vs. Chapel Hill (54-33)



Breakdown

The matchup that everyone has anticipated in AAAAA all year long happens to be in Macon for the state championship. Both of these teams have been dominant all year long, with a combined 3 losses. Eagles Landing has gotten here on the strength of their backcourt, led by Mercer commit David Thomas, who should be in the conversation for postseason awards across the state for the season he has had. He has a tremendous group of guards around him, who all play hard, can really guard the ball, and love to play a high pressure style.


On the other side, Kell has been one of the state's most dominant teams and have been on the winning side of blowouts for the bigger part of the 2023 calendar year. They will have a clear size advantage as they normally do, with the Auburn commit Peyton Marshall anchoring the paint. However, their guards and wings have more than made a statement this year with CJ Brown, Jaylen Colon, Aaron Smith and Parrish Johnson Jr. all having huge moments this season.


This one could come down to how Eagles Landing handles the size of the Longhorns. If they can keep them off the glass and defend the paint as a unit, they will like their chances tonight.

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