Warner Robins, Ga —This weekend RYZE Hoops took its show on the road to Middle Georgia for the second consecutive year. There was plenty of representation from independent travel squads south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and here are a few names that caught our attention.
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Karez Demory, 2026, Middle Georgia Push
Demory could be a very sneaky sleeper in Georgia's 2026 class. He has natural abilities on both ends of the floor that make him a standout. He's very creative and quick off the dribble and has the ability to make reads to score and distribute the ball at a high level. He can also really guard the ball and creates a lot of turnovers by jumping passing lanes and getting deflections.
Deven Nelson, 2026, Middle Georgia Push
Nelson came up clutch in the championship with a game-winning layup off of a great spin move. He's a strong lefty guard that is aggressive and physical looking for his offense off the dribble. He always plays off of two-feet which gives his the ability to make moves and have counters to create space and get buckets from every level of the floor. He's making the move up to Shiloh for his sophomore year and should have an impact with them this winter.
Jabarri Williams, 2025, Team Georgia Magic
Williams is one of the top lead guards in the peach state and his leadership was front and center all weekend. The Valdosta, Ga native was vocal on both ends and provided whatever his squad needed game-to-game. He is at his best when facilitating, but can also do damage scoring the ball. His poise, IQ, and overall awareness will make him a hot target on the trail for college programs coveting traditional floor generals.
Zakariyya Dwight, 2025, Team Georgia Magic
At 6-foot-5, an athletic, mobile Dwight was a problem offensively. His above average positional size and supreme athleticism on the wing allowed him to shoot over the top of defenders with ease as well as wreak havoc on the offensive glass. With continual ball skill development and more visibility, the Crisp County standout could garner some Division-I level interest sooner than later.
Skyler Snead, 2026, Peach State Hoyas
Tough, athletic, and physical are three words that come to mind with Snead, who was one of the best creators in the 15U division, helping lead the Hoyas to a championship. He thrives in fast, high-pressure games where he can create turnovers and get into the open floor. He's a very good finisher around the rim and has a very high upside to continue to develop into a high level guard in Georgia's 2026 class.
Cam Cherry, 2026, Macon Mavs
Cherry runs the lanes hard and finishes well through contact, but his much improved shooting stroke jumped off the screen. The Peach County stud’s stop-and-pop game was on all weekend and his accuracy from beyond the arc was also notable. We think it’s safe to say Cherry cemented himself into the upper echelon of Middle Georgia’s loaded 2026 class.
Frankie Rains, 2025, Macon Mavs
Rains was one of the weekend's top scorers regardless of age group and he was very dynamic off the dribble getting to the rim. He was really hard to contain and consistently got by defenders with his ability to change speeds. However, what stood out most was his efficiency and ability to finish around the rim. He's very creative, uses both hands well, and has a natural ability to use different types of spin and angles to put the ball in the basket.
CJ Howard, 2026, Hypesouth Middle Georgia Family
Several big time scoring outputs caught the attention of the RYZE Hoops staff. Howard came out the gate with 21, 23, and 32 point performances and earned himself some much needed recognition. He is a bit under the radar for now, but his play this weekend created some whispers that could change the narrative.
Kel Stephens, 2027, Hypesouth Middle Georgia Family
Young and raw best describe Stephens. At 6-foot-6, he is a long-slender built young prospect that is efficient in the painted area and rim protects superbly. Once he gets comfortable operating from the perimeter his stock will skyrocket. This kid showed some encouraging flashes and is definitely one to monitor moving forward.
Jarvis Williams, 2028, Warner Robins All-Stars
This kid was hands down the best shooter we saw this weekend regardless of age group. Williams knocked down 15 trifectas in three games highlighted by a 26-point outburst including six made threes in the All-Stars win over Empowering Heroes. Shooting translates at every level so expect this rising eighth grader to continue to make seamless transitions year after year.