Best First Round Matchup: Denmark vs. Norcross
The Blue Devils make the trip up to Forsyth County to take on Denmark, who are led by a really good group of upperclassmen, including point guard & Alabama-Huntsville signee Sutton Smith. This one will undoubtedly come down to execution, as both teams do so at a high level. Another thing to watch is a great senior forward matchup between Denmark’s Joseph Scott (Xavier Louisiana commit) and Norcross’ Kok Yat (DePaul signee).
Best Player Matchup: Devin McGlockton vs. Navaughn Maise
If you’ve been paying any king of attention, you know the type of season that Devin McGlockton has had for South Forsyth, leading them to a region championship in Region 6. He will have his work cut out for him with Discovery forward Navaughn Maise, who was the co-defensive player of the year in Region 7. This one will be a lot of fun to watch and could be a matchup where each will need to bring their hard hat.
Best Look-Ahead Game: All of them
We know it’s dangerous to look forward in any tournament setting. However, the second round of this tournament could produce must-see games across the state. A Grayson-McEachern matchup could pit two of Georgia’s top teams against one another. While Berkmar-Cherokee could be one of the best potential frontcourt matchups between region POY’s Malique Ewin and Elijah Tucker. Pebblebrook-Newton would be a really good potential matchup of experience vs. youth.
Biggest Storyline: This thing is LOADED.
We’ve talked all year about how wide open this tournament is. Whichever team wins this will more than deserve the trophy, having to have gone through a gauntlet to get there. Looking from afar, there are about twelve teams that have really good chances, and it would not be a surprise if any of them won it.
Sleeper Team to Make a Run: Collins Hill
While it’s hard to call any of these teams a true sleeper, Collins Hill has a chance to make some noise. Ethan Davis provides a physical matchup problem and does a little of everything for the Eagles, while Trevino Glover is a hard-nosed guard who can really defend and has the ability to take games over.
Most Likely to Make A Name: Jatarion Warren
Admittedly, it can sometimes be difficult to see some of the players from South Georgia. Tift County has produced a number of great players over the years, and the senior forward Warren has been incredibly productive all year. While he may not be a name that everyone in Atlanta knows, he has the opportunity to increase his stock. He was a double-double machine all year for the Blue Devils, averaging over 20 points and 10 boards per game.