GHSA Team Preview: Grayson Rams
Head Coach: Geoffrey Pierce
2020-2021 Record: 22-4
Key Players: Chauncey Wiggins (Clemson Commit)
Tyrese Elliott (NC A&T Commit)
Key Games: Nov. 20 - Wheeler
Nov. 22 – Etowah
Nov. 26 – Greenforest
Dec. 20-21 – Pace Playing for a Change
Dec. 27-30 – ChickFila Classic
Jan. 15-17 – Kevin Durant MLK Classic
Jan. 28 – Newton
Feb. 5 - Newton
This year’s Grayson team will feature some familiar faces for the Rams; however, the roles of those players will be significantly different. With the departure of key frontcourt players Ian Schieffelin and Taje Kelly to Clemson and Charleston Southern respectively, as well as the transfer of wing Ole Miss commit Rob Cowherd to Southern California Academy, there will be some big shoes to fill. However, this squad has the talent to do so.
Clemson commit Chauncey Wiggins will be the feature player in the frontcourt for the Rams. Expect a big uptick in his usage as he will be a primary contributor and go-to player this season. He had a big two weeks in June with Grayson and followed that with great play during the July live periods with Team Curry.
The backcourt will feature senior combo guard and NC A&T commit Tyrese Elliott, a physical guard who plays downhill and will provide a big scoring presence this season. Joining him is senior point guard Caleb Blackwell, who transfers in from Buford and jumps straight into a primary playmaking role and the opportunity to solidify himself among the high-level guards in Georgia’s highest classification.
The emerging names for the Rams are two players that have been in the program, but will see a big bump in their roles this season. 6-foot-7 junior forward Chad Moodie has an extremely high ceiling and provides a long, athletic presence that can protect the rim and finish on the interior. However, the name that could emerge the most this season is that of 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Gicarri Harris, who has great size and physicality as well as the ability to score the ball from the perimeter and off the bounce. Aside from Moodie and Harris, do not be surprised if freshman forward Amir Taylor also makes his presence known this season as well. The success of their season will highly depend on how well all of their players adapt to their new roles with the team.