GHSA State Tournament 5A Superlatives
Best First Round Matchup
Kell vs. Maynard Jackson: A lot of people have already penciled Kell in the State Championship game with their loaded roster including Auburn commit Peyton Marshall as well as CJ Brown, Cannon Richards, Jaylen Colon, & Parrish Johnson among others. The first round could be one of their tougher tests in the bracket with a solid Jackson team that has good young guards as well as junior big man Mekhi Turner.
Player to Watch
Cannon Richards, Kell: The postseason always produces some guys who skyrocket in the coming weeks, and Richards could be one of those guys. He's such a unique player with his energy levels and ability to hit the glass and protect the rim. His developing offensive game is also apparent with his range consistently stretching to the three point line. He's a stock riser for the coming travel season.
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One of the guys that does not get talked about enough in Georgia's 2024 class is McIntosh forward Uche Iloh. He has a grown man build at 6-foot-7 and has the ability to be dominant on the interior. He's one of the best rebounders that you'll find in the class and he's helped lead McIntosh to one of their best seasons in a few years. He's a guy to watch for.
Best Player Matchup
Chapel Hill had a very good season, winning 20 games and earning a one seed. They will take on Chattahoochee in one of the better games in the first round of the bracket. Chapel Hill senior Oray Towns III, who averaged over 17 points per game on the season, will be matched up against Chattahoochee sophomore guard Jaylen Edgerton, one of Georgia's better guards in 2025.
A potential second round matchup between Hiram & Tri-Cities would be a banger of a game. Both teams have great backcourts, play hard, and have tons of toughness. Hiram is led by Lincoln Memorial commit Jay Boyd as well as Amir Taylor and football standouts Chase Tyler & Walter Matthews. Tri-Cities guard & Presbyterian commit Kory Mincy has had a great season and he's flanked by two very good guards in Malique Johnson & Noricco Danner.
Sleeper That Could Make Noise
They say that guards win in the postseason, and Jones County has a very good backcourt. Senior guard Jaylen Sanford is a walking bucket, averaging 20 points a contest and he's joined in the Greyhounds backcourt by Daethan Harris & Jaden Stanley, who each also average double figures. They travel down to Hinesville to take on Bradwell Institute in the first round.