5 of Georgia’s top college basketball prospects to watch for 2010-11 season

Here are five of the top high school baksetball players to watch this season:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Greenville: The 6-foot-6 senior is the leading candidate for this year’s Mr. Georgia Basketball. “He’s the best player in the nation with the least amount of publicity and should be the state’s lone McDonald’s All-American,” CourtCred.com’s Kerry Willis said. “He’s a shot hunter that has unlimited range … [and] also is more athletic that he gets credit for, capable of playing above the rim with his long arms.” Caldwell-Pope made a surprising early commitment to Georgia over Florida State and Tennessee, signing with the Bulldogs last month.

Everyone has their opinion, here's mine -- Fayette County PG Adam Smith is the most prolific scorer in Georgia in years and my early frontrunner for Mr. Georgia Basketball. He destroyed some of the nation's best defenders over the summer in AAU ball. I still don't get how he was overlooked by so many big schools. (AJC)

Everyone has their opinion, here's mine -- Fayette County PG Adam Smith is the most prolific scorer in Georgia in years and my early frontrunner for Mr. Georgia Basketball. He destroyed some of the nation's best defenders over the summer in AAU ball. I still don't get how he was overlooked by so many big schools. (AJC)

Robert Carter, PF, Thomasville: The 6-8, 240-pound junior is considered the most skilled big man in the state. “The thing that separates him from the pack is that he can step outside and knock down the shots consistently, including shooting a good percentage from the foul line, making him even more dangerous down the stretch of games,” CourtCred.com said. Carter has been recruited by Florida State, Texas, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others.

Derrick Henry, G, Newton: The 6-2 senior was an a one-man show while carrying his team to last year’s Class AAAAA semifinals. “He does most of his damage when he is in attack mode … he gets to the [basket] with ease and finishes through contact — thanks to his well-built frame,” CourtCred.com said. “This frame also helps him lock down opponents on defense.” Henry has a 3.9 GPA and is one of the state’s best-kept secrets, attracting interest from Harvard, Rice and Richmond, among others.

Jarmal Reid, SF, Columbia: After a stellar performance in AAU ball, Reid has risen to one of the top 100 juniors in the nation. The 6-7 Reid is called “Mr. Mismatch” by his coaches because he can play every position on the court, including point guard. He already has the size of a college player, but is fast.  He’s the younger brother of UGA basketball player Jeremy Price, and has offers from the Bulldogs, Florida, Clemson, Oklahoma and Alabama, among others. He helped Columbia win last year’s Class AAA state championship.

Adam Smith, PG, Fayette County: The 6-foot Smith is a scoring machine, singled out as the most prolific  perimeter scorer in Georgia since Jodie Meeks at Norcross High in 2006. Smith averages 22.5 points and 3.9 assists, scoring 33 points in a recent win over Rockdale County to avenge a loss in last year’s playoffs. He is tough to defend because he launches his outside jump shots so quickly (65-percent on 3-pointers) and can penetrate the lane off the dribble with either his left or right hand. Smith was overlooked by bigger colleges, signing with UNC-Wilmington.

42 comments Add your comment

dawgerbrown

December 16th, 2010
6:13 am

UGA’s not talking to Carter from T-Ville? Curious.

RomeDawg

December 16th, 2010
6:19 am

I wish UGA would try to keep Smith and Carer home.

26.2

December 16th, 2010
6:34 am

You will hearing about a kid from Tifton soon.

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

December 16th, 2010
6:43 am

Way to go to the AJC! Looks like you guys are making an honest effort to attempt to increase your hoops coverage this season. No one will ever confuse you guys with or accuse you guys of being SLAM magazine and, lets face it, football coverage pays the bills and keeps the lights and heat on and the food on the table in these parts, but at the very least it looks like you’re trying to cover basketball a tad bit more in-depth and a little earlier in the season than in previous years.

Ditto Tarheel

December 16th, 2010
7:02 am

Thank you for at least trying to cover hs basketball. There is no reason why there should be more in depth coverage of Bball with the level of talent being produced in this state. Thanks!, it is a good feeling to wake up to read an article no matter how small.

Palm City Dawg

December 16th, 2010
7:06 am

Curious who the kid from Tifton is. Position, height, stats??

DCJacket

December 16th, 2010
7:33 am

And you wonder why the Tech program is diminishing. 5 top prospects in the state, and Hewitt isn’t in the running for any of them. Unless their is a scholarship problem here that I can’t recall, this is just adding fuel to the pathetic fire (pun intended).

Johnny Too Good

December 16th, 2010
7:36 am

Nobody from the Milton team in the top 5 to watch?

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThatsJohnAnderson

no hype

December 16th, 2010
8:15 am

@Johnny Too Good: It’s not the top 5 players. The list is “five of the top” to watch. More lists to come.

AJCHEAD

December 16th, 2010
8:40 am

@JohnnyTOOGOOD I am not sure what the hel* this article is about, surely the kids from Milton should have been on this list, as well as Henry Brooks from MillerGrove, Tony Parker Miller Grove, Brandon Morris again Miller Grove, Maybe i missed something let me know. Jamal Reid over Henry Brooks??? also Robert Carter, PF, over Tony Parker…Wow…My vote for Mr. Basketball today is Tony Parker. OK i think i understand these are just 5 players to watch, so i am assuming there will be more in the days to come, why does the AJC not have the guts to rate the players. Oh that would require more indept coverage of highschool basketball…where is Mahoney when you need him…

SouthGA

December 16th, 2010
9:18 am

How about the Clayton kid from Thomasville.

mike

December 16th, 2010
9:47 am

this article is about the top prospects that people are not paying that much attention to/ or who havent signed. everyone knows miltons team is D-1 miller grove D-1, rockdale has a couple D-1 these fellas up here are under the radar.. esp adam smith.. the kid can shoot like crazy

burrr

December 16th, 2010
10:41 am

umm i wouldnt say kentavious is under the radar, nor would i say that about jamarl reid.

Henry was not that impressive at all when he was in the final four against milton.

Scout Hound

December 16th, 2010
10:45 am

I was at the Landmark Christan game this pass weekend watching a friends son play, and they were playing a GHSA start up school called Kings Ridge Christain School.Kings Ridge lacks a whole lot as you would expect from a 1st year start up. But they have a Freshman combo guard who came out of the Milton H.S. feeder program, and this kid has some great potenial.He is a poor mans Stephen Curry.He has some of the longest arms I have ever seen for a kid 5″10ish.Keep a eye out for this kid in the future.

Dickie V

December 16th, 2010
10:53 am

And there’s a third grader at Clifton pond elementary, and I’ll tell you what baby he is DYNO MITE, I’m talking a young JJ Evans DYNOMITE!! handles the ball like a kenny anderson, with a stroke like Dennis Scott, if you a mix memphis state’s anfernee hardaway, with Jj Reddick his senior year at Duke, you have just begun to describe this kids talent……NOW THATS A PROSPECT TO WATCH

John Everett

December 16th, 2010
10:57 am

I’ve seen the Thomasville kids play since they were freshmen, Clayton is the better player now and much tougher; Carter has upside and does handle and shoot better, skills similar to Trey Thompkins @ UGA

atlvol55

December 16th, 2010
11:04 am

Micheal,

I understand this is a recruiting article so maybe you were writing more about guys who haven’t committed, but how do you leave out Kevin Ware (TN committ), Shannon Scott (Ohio State committ), and the Parker kid (Vandy committ); all of these guys are rated higher than anyone on your list with the exception of the Pope kid??

Kinda of like when the AJC practically had no coverage of Trae Golden (TN signeed) even though is was Mr. Basketball in the state last year.

BIG DAWG

December 16th, 2010
11:15 am

Would love to see a “top ten” list in the state, with ranking. It seems with UGA now on the horizon with strong game and strong talent, and with Tech’s past success, coverage would be a given. I hope so.

comeonson

December 16th, 2010
12:05 pm

Shaq Goodwin out of Southwest Dekalb is wayyy better than Jarmal Reid.. Taller, gets more buckets, rebounds, blocks, better stats. Is ranked 1 in the state and higher ranked nationally. come on son yall sleeping on him

blazer

December 16th, 2010
12:05 pm

Hope Hewitt is after the Henry kid-3.9 gpa-

bigboy

December 16th, 2010
12:14 pm

People better start looking at South Gwinnett player they are 8-0 with two player that nobody is talking about. They have a point that plays both side of the court stopping team best players and giving out 7 to 10 ass 15p’s 4reb’s a game and putting numbers up last game he had 20 with 8ass 7reb’s 2st ( Kevin Haynes Jr) the other young man is a jr and he just had 30 with 8reb his name is Davis I think. His avg is need 20 a game. Take a look at them

Milton Roar's

December 16th, 2010
12:39 pm

Shannon Scott(Milton) is the best pure point guard in the State. What about the kid from Miller Grove. I think this article is very weak.

WheelerFan #2

December 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

this was probably more about 5 under the radar type guys that arent gettng all the headlines of the milton miller grove guys etc

dagrapevine

December 16th, 2010
3:46 pm

jay rome of valdosta maybe a better bb player than fb.he’s a beast on the court.if uga could land him and let him play both along with marshall the dawgs will have one heck of a bite.

burr

December 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

wheeler fan #2 i get that but u cant say its under the radar when u talk about the only 5 star recruit in the state in kentavious. this is just a random group. Nick Marshall and jay rome are far from the answer uga needs to become relevant. gt played them really well and they are atrocious

Milton fan

December 16th, 2010
7:18 pm

with the exception of Kantavios, these are all “under the radar” types. I think Michael was admirably trying to expand our horizons past the obvious Milton guys we know and love. I am a huge Milton follower, but I do appreciate some insight into some good ballers that i probably wont get a chance to see this year (or maybe I will make an effort to venture out if Carville piques my interest some more). Geesh, guys, we clobbered him the past few years for not covering this bball hotbed. now that he tries to do so you’re clobbering him again. careful. you are voting with your keystrokes.
Good job, Michael. Looking forward to an exciting season with much improved coverage.

THOROUGHBRED

December 16th, 2010
7:27 pm

This article is not about the top players in the state. It is about good players who people might be sleeping on. Adam Smith can fill it it up that is for sure.

Michael Carvell

December 16th, 2010
7:51 pm

@Everyone, there’s probably 40-50 D1 players in Georgia — regardless of school grade or classification. These are five of the best of them. It’s early, but Adam Smith is the most exciting player to watch in Georgia, in my humble opinion. Feel free to voice yours. It’s fun to discuss.

NOTE: Please keep your comments related to this article and the topic or they may be removed.

real talk

December 16th, 2010
8:46 pm

@ burrr: stop hating. the Derrick Henry kid gave milton 20pts and their whole defense was to stop him. and he didnt play anymore at the 4min make in the 4th QT. now thats impressive

The Truth

December 16th, 2010
8:54 pm

@ burrr Stop hating. The Derrick Henry kid gave milton 20pts and their whole defense was keyed on stopping him and he didnt play anymore at the 4min mark in the 4th qt, now thats impressive! And he’s not on a team with several other top D1 prospects like Milton, Miller Grove, Wheeler, and etc so for him to score 20+ pts a game and have 4+ ast, he’s definitely an impressive player. Also he gets doubled every game and still leads his team to victory and get his stats. Now stop hating

David

December 16th, 2010
9:05 pm

What the heck are you talking about DCjacket these aren’t the top 5 players in the state dummy….

Thanks

December 17th, 2010
9:33 am

Appreciate the icebreaker Michael. Looking forward to a holiday tournament schedule roundup.

Tiger Fan

December 17th, 2010
12:03 pm

Watch Miles Harris (6′4″ combo guard) of Tucker High School. Avg 23+ points per game. Hit the game winning free throws in a win over Marist. Scored 20 fourth quarter points in a come back win over Central Gwinnett in the GAC tournament. In a victory over Chamblee, he score 18 second half points including a Fox 5 highlight slam to finish the game with 21 points. Tucker 7-1 at the break. Coming up Rockdale, SWD, & Miller Grove in the second half of the season.

burr

December 17th, 2010
11:58 pm

@the truth and real talk quit being son sensetive, but henry was not doubled teamed, during the milton game. and with him being the “only” d1 player on his team it makes it easier for him to get 20+.

At 6-2 he is not a good PROSPECT for sg which was the style of his play when i saw him against milton which is why im not hating im just telling the truth. real talk

dagrapevine

December 18th, 2010
9:50 am

mr. carvell i know its a long drive from atlanta,but you really need to see jay rome on the hardwood.i’m telling you this kid is special and i really beleive he’s a better bb player than fb.

grinch

December 18th, 2010
10:48 am

No Nick Marshall?

tmtoney

December 18th, 2010
11:18 am

Would love to see the ladies covered as well.

No basketball in Coweta county

December 19th, 2010
10:02 am

Coweta County has three of the worst basketball schools in Georgia. All three of the high schools have no idea about basketball.Newnan with no discpline, Northgate with a coach you must see to believe and East Coweta being East Coweta. Some good ball players have been overlooked in the mismanaged basketball programs of these schools. Look at Northgates bench. Newnan coach plays the same hot heads and gets the same results . Basketball coaches needed in Coweta County.

rudbuck

December 19th, 2010
1:26 pm

GUYS GUYS GUYS…….We all know what the Miller Grove, Milton and others can do and where they stand. I think what they are just trying to give you one of those “and then we have these guys nobody is talking about” list. The title states “Prospects”. These are guys people are not talking about but have the potential to be D-1 players and making a name for themselves.

rudbuck

December 19th, 2010
1:30 pm

Want to also thank the AJC, for at least trying to talk basketball this early. Last year we would not even be having this blog til end of January, at least.

Landmark C

December 19th, 2010
9:08 pm

Scout Hound: I was at that game and if this is the same player I saw…you are spot on…however, I would say he is more of a middle class John Wall not a poor mans Stephen Curry! This young player will be at the top of the list in 3 years!

Scout Kat

December 19th, 2010
9:44 pm

Landmark C: I just looked up the player you are talking about and I found out that he could have gone to an elite program at Milton High School, but instead choose to go to Kings Ridge Christian School that is 0-8, with blowout losses. How could a player at such a low level school stand out at all? How could he be among upcoming standout players while playing at such a low level?