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GHSA State Tournament 6A Superlatives

Best First Round Matchup

Riverwood vs. Woodward Academy: There will be a lot of talent on the floor in this one. Riverwood is led by 2024 Vandy commit Karris Bilal and 2025 guard Jalen Leonard, who can both score the ball very well. Woodward has a great young group including sophomore Deke Cooper, who is one of the best players in Georgia's 2025 class.

Player to Watch

Jayce Nathaniel, Lanier: There aren't a lot of guys in the state who took the leap forward from sophomore to junior years like Nathaniel has. He's more versatile than ever before on both ends as his offensive game continues to make significant strides. He's had a monster season for the Longhorns on both ends of the floor, and that should continue in the postseason.

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Despite losing a significant amount of production from last season, Pope bounced back with a 19-win season and are a two-seed in the bracket. Sophomore PG Zach Bleshoy has a chance to be one of the better floor generals in the 2025 class in Georgia. He has a savvy and IQ of an upperclassman and has great vision and size for the position. He could be a breakout guy here.

Best Player Matchup

With the modern style of play, we don't get enough big men matchups, but the bracket has one betwen Blessed Trinity senior & Belmont commit Brigham Rogers and North Forsyth junior forward Cole Kirouac. This should be a solid test for both guys as they both have a great skill level with the size to match. We will have eyes on this one for sure.

Looking Forward

There are three potential Elite Eight matchups that would be insane from a style perspective. St. Pius X & Etowah are in the same quadrant; both teams execute from the offensive end at a very high level and both have Division I commits. Alexander & Jonesboro are also matched in the same quadrant, and they both play a hard-nosed style that would be a war. Finally, Lanier and Grovetown are two of the most talented teams in the bracket and they could potentially see each other in the Elite Eight.

Sleeper That Could Make Noise

Langston Hughes could be an interesting team in this bracket. They've played a tough schedule and are battle-tested. They have a great backcourt led by Randy Latham & Brentis Schaeffer as well as John McQueen who is very versatile on the wing. They play hard and have the pieces that could give higher seeded teams trouble.


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