Every Thursday, we will take a look at the hoops landscape for the week and give our three takes on things that catch our eyes. These topics can range from any and all aspects of the game and are designed to open things up to conversation. This is the Ryze Thursday Triple Take.
The Hottest Player in the Peach
Nobody in Georgia is playing quite like Milton sophomore guard Kanaan Carlyle. He's been on a tear, showcasing a highly versatile offensive skill set. Over the course of Milton's thirteen game win streak, he's shot the ball well from three, made good decisions with the ball in his hands, and scored it from every level of the floor. He's starting to really come into form as one of Georgia's best players as well as one of the best sophomores in the country. His last effort against Woodstock was a cool 42-point performance that saw him hit nine threes.
The Best Team You're Not Thinking Of
In Georgia, it's easy to become custom to the super-programs that have cemented themselves among the top teams in the state year-in and year-out. However, there is one team that's quietly taking care of business in the Peach's top classification: South Forsyth. The War Eagles have won ten games in a row, improving their season record to 16-3, which includes wins over Walton, Pope, North Gwinnett, Gainesville, and Lambert. They are led by star senior forward Devin McGlockton, who is one of the top unsigned seniors in the state. Junior Ethan Underwood has been a consistent scoring threat with his shooting ability and senior Brandon Stoudamire has given them a huge lift all year as well.
Georgia Boys Everywhere
As I'm watching college games on any given day, it's amazing to me that no matter which league or region of the country, there is bound to be a player from Georgia on those teams. Sure, it's not surprising to see them on teams in the ACC, SEC, SoCon, Big South, or ASun. However, when the reach is all the way out west up to the northeast, there aren't many college games that don't feature any Georgia guys. Case in point: watching the A10 and a game between Fordham (Bronx, NY) and Duquesne (Pittsburgh, PA) featuring Jalen Cobb (Columbia) and Amari Kelly (Meadowcreek). This is just one case, but it amazes me how rich of talent this state really is.