GHSA State Tournament Final Four: Saturday Preview
Cherokee vs. Norcross: Cherokee have been the darkhorse in this tournament, advancing to the Final Four against the Blue Devils. We have talked time and time again about their experience and their productive senior class. They will go up against a Norcross side with just as much experience and are looking to make back to back trips to Macon to follow up last year's title. The interior matchup between Dastin Hart and Samarion Bond could be a vital one in this game.
Wheeler vs. Grayson: A matchup of two of Georgia's current powerhouses. Both of these teams have talent all over the floor. Both of these teams have plenty of size, athleticism, and talent in their frontcourts between Wheeler big man & USC commit Arrinten Page and Grayson duo Amir Taylor & Alabama A&M commit Chad Moodie. This one could come down to how Grayson's backcourt can contain Wheeler guards Isaiah Collier and Jelani Hamilton.
Lee County vs. Lanier: There's always a lot to like about these North vs. South matchups that we get in the state tournament. Lanier is coming off of a great win, knocking out defending champions Grovetown behind big performances from Osmar Garcia, Tahai Morgan, and Jayce Nathaniel. Lee County is led by a great floor general in DJ Taylor and have a solid sleeper in 2025 in Ousmane Kromah.
Alexander vs. Etowah: The matchup between Alexander's pressure, hard-nosed style of defense and Etowah's ability to shoot the ball from three will be enormous here. This is also a very solid game for player matchups with Etowah's Virginia Tech commit Brandon Rechsteiner & Mason Etter going up against Alexander's Chattanooga commit Noah Melson and Braedan Lue. This is easily one of the top matchups of the day.
Westover vs. Pace Academy: Another one of those great North vs. South matchups. Westover are no strangers to making runs deep into state tournaments and neither is Pace Academy or head coach Sharman White. Westover's backcourt can score the ball very well between Kamari Leverette, Kavon Johnson, and Anthony Milton. However, they will go up against a Pace backcourt in KJ Greene and Eric Chatfield that can really defend and have limited opposing backcourts all season.
Fayette County vs. Benedictine: Fayette senior guard RJ Kennedy has been on a scoring tear and will undoubtedly be a huge factor in this game, but this game is a great look into some underclassmen in Georgia. Fayette has a great group of sophomores with Christian McAlister, Sean Van Dorn, and Keith Gillespie and Benedictine has a great sophomore in Caleb Jones who has a huge opportunity to cement himself among the top guards in Georgia's 2025 class.
Model vs. Providence Christian: Model have been one of NW Georgia's best teams this season behind co-Region POY's Jeremias Heard and Jakenes Heard. They have been great on both ends through the first games of the state playoffs. They will take on a Providence side that has been red hot shooting the basketball in the state tournament and junior guard Sam Thacker has had some very solid performances.
Columbia vs. Westside Augusta: Two of the teams that we have seen at the top of this classification for the past few years, this one is a matchup of pure toughness, so bring your hard hats. Westside is looking to get back to Macon and repeat as state champions behind Khalon Hudson and Jalexs Ewing. Columbia has a ton of toughness as well as the size and athleticism to get to Macon as well with Terrell Wright, Jadan Baugh, and Rashad Headges. This is one of the best matchups of the day.