The state of Georgia is loaded with talented players and college prospects. Here are five boys from the metro area that could turn the state tournament into their own personal showcase:
Nick Jacobs, South Atlanta: The Alabama-bound Jacobs gets major props from Miller Grove coach Sharman White: “Nick is a true brute in the paint. He’s like a man among boys in the post area.” The 6-foot-8, 260-pound Jacobs averages 23 points and 13 rebounds despite rarely playing much after halftime in recent blowouts. Jacobs had a triple-double against Buford with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
Marcus Hunt, North Clayton: The 6-5 junior averages 25 points, including a season-high 47 against Jonesboro. Hunt has early offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina, and Nebraska, among others. Said coach Martisse Troup, “The colleges like his overall athletic ability, his basketball IQ and his versatility.” Hunt was the team’s leading scorer last year as an interior player because of team depth with guards. He made the easy transition to the perimeter this season.
Tony Parker, Miller Grove: You know you’re good when North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski make scouting appearances at your games. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the 6-8, 270-pounder is only a junior because his game is so advanced. He averages 20 points and 17 points while helping Miller Grove contend for a third Class AAAA championship in a row.
Shannon Scott, Milton: Talent has never been an issue with Scott, the son of former North Carolina and NBA standout Charlie Scott. The 6-1 point guard has vastly improved with his consistency as a senior, turning out an all-star effort nearly every game. He averages 13 points and 7 assists, while managing a team of college prospects. Scott, a McDonald’s All-America selection, signed with Ohio State.
Adam Smith, Fayette County: Smith is the state’s best player that nobody really knows about. He’s a scoring machine — some say the best overall in Georgia since Jodie Meeks at Norcross High in 2006. Smith averages 26.2 points and can score from outside (65 percent on 3-pointers), by penetrating off the dribble, and with each hand. He averaged 32 points over three games while leading Fayette County to a region championship last weekend.
Note: This is not a list of the five best, rather five of the best. There are plenty more. Which other players should be followed? Please post below.