State’s top basketball recruits: Gant, Hill leaning out of state?

Georgia and Georgia Tech are in the running for about half of the top basketball recruits in the state, but it’s no slam dunk that either will sign a top in-state prospect.

Here is a look at 10 of the most heavily recruited high school seniors in the state. Only two has made college commitments, both to out-of-state schools.

Georgia has five of the Top 100 prospects in the nation, according to 247Sports. They are Jakeenan Gant, Ahmed Hill, Tadric Jackson, Devin Mitchell and Trayvon Reed.

F Phil Cofer, Whitewater – A 6-foot-8 forward, Cofer averaged 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds. That was on an 18-12 team that  averaged only 46 points. Cofer is committed to Tennessee.

C Jabari Craig, Tucker – Craig is a 6-foot-10 center with offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Purdue, Clemson, Maryland and others. It is reported that Purdue leads. Expect him to improve on his junior numbers – 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 blocks – as Tucker seeks to replace all-state forward Davonte Fitzgerald, who signed with Texas A&M.

F Jakeenan Gant, Effingham County –  The AAAAA player of the year last season, when he led Effingham to the semifinals, Gant averaged 18.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4 blocks. He scored 30 points in the semifinal loss to Gainesville. He’s a 6-8 forward who made 37 percent of his 3-pointers. He has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Indiana, N.C. State and others. Justin Young of HoopSeen.com predicts he’ll sign with FSU.

G Ahmed Hill, Aquinas –  Hill was the Class A player of the year. A 6-foot-5 guard, he averaged nearly 30 points per game and 12.6 rebounds. He has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, UConn, Indiana, Kansas and others. Many see him headed out of state, possibly to Kansas.

G Tadric Jackson, Tit County – Jackson, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists for a team that lost in the AAAAAA quarterfinals but was ranked No. 1 most of the season. That team had all-class player of the year Brannen Greene, who signed with Kansas. Jackson has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Florida and others.

G Devin Mitchell, Collins Hill – Mitchell was Gwinnett County’s second-leading scorer at 20.2 points per game on an 18-11 team. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He has offers from Georgia, Alabama, Cincinnati, Virginia and others.

G Keith Pinckney, Miller Grove – Pinckney is the top returning player for the AAAAA champion Wolverines. He averaged 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Pinckney and rising sophomore Alterique Gilbert should provide one of the best guard combos in the state, especially from a ball-handling standpoint. Pinckney has at least seven offers, including those from Miami and Harvard.

C Trayvon Reed, South Gwinnett – A 7-footer, Reed averged 10.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game last season. He has been erratic as a high school player. His top choices  are Auburn, Georgia and Maryland, according to 247Sports.

F Elijah Staley, Wheeler – Staley, a 6-foot-6 forward and football quarterback, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds and was all-state last season. He has committed to Mississippi State, where he plans to play football and basketball. Note that Wheeler also features two of the Top 10 junior recruits in Georgia in Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown and could be the favorite to win Class AAAAAA in 2013-14.

F Isaiah Wilkins, Greater Atlanta Christian – A stepson of Dominique Wilkins, this 6-7 forward averaged 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots for a Class AA championship team last season. He was the AA player of the year. He has offers from Auburn, George Mason, Georgia State and Georgia Southern.

Others: F TeMarcus Blanton, Luella; G Nate Mason, Shiloh; C C.J. Turman, Morgan County; G Andre Chatfield, Norcross; F Eric Lockett, Whitefield Acacdemy.

17 comments Add your comment

jb

June 20th, 2013
9:38 am

Stanley Pritchett former head coach at Westlake is the new head coach at Arabia Mountain

bhpride

June 20th, 2013
11:05 am

Enter your comments here Good news. I hope he has better parent and staff support at Arabia Mountain. Good luck.

Truth

June 20th, 2013
1:32 pm

Bhpride: stop making excuses for Pritchett. He got to bring on board pretty much every coach he wanted at Westlake, so your staff support argument is nonsense. He is not organized enough to run a successful program in Georgia. The best coaches in this state play chess while guys like Pritchett play tidily winks!

He’s in over his head. Dont just take my word for it. Ask the players over there how thick their offensive playbook was last season. They’ll say: “Playbook? What Playbook?” They didn’t have one the entire season!

Todd Holcomb

June 20th, 2013
4:50 pm

Constructive criticism is a lost art, it seems.

If anyone sees errors, please point them out. I am not a recruiting guru. The point of the article is not to provide the inside scoop on where a prospect is heading. It is to highlight some of Georgia’s top prospects at a time when most media attention is centered on football recruiting. If we are missing somebody, if someone’s stats are wrong, if a player is no longer considering a school that I mentioned, please point that out. Preferably in a polite way. :)

BBALL

June 20th, 2013
10:56 pm

Sorry but you’re looking at 247’s players list and those are NOT accurate at all.

BBALL

June 20th, 2013
10:58 pm

Top-30 prospect Ahmed Hill says Indiana, Florida, Georgia Tech and Marquette are coming at him the hardest, this was the other day!

Redman

June 21st, 2013
8:32 am

Trayvon Reed Attends Shiloh High school. Not South Gwinnett

Steve Daniels

June 21st, 2013
10:07 pm

Once again…..No shock to anyone who reads articles on AJC about high school basketball…Reed attends SHILOH!! Yet again, AJC has incorrect information about high school basketball.

THEHILLISREAL

June 22nd, 2013
10:38 pm

What about those Ballers at Alexander High?

PBJ

June 24th, 2013
8:25 am

Nique’s stepson, and no offers from UGA ??

Boss_Dawg

June 24th, 2013
11:35 am

@ Todd Holcomb – thanks for the HS BB update!

As a Dawg, I’m interested in all things related to UGA recruiting, in particular Mens BB as we are at a pivotal point with our program. I love that our teams have played hard under Coach Fox, but I hope that with the recent staff changes, it translates into improved recruiting classes, therefore more talented teams. Securing a couple of these guys each year will go a long way to changing the perceptions of this program and lead to the success necessary to justify building that new aren all us Dawg’s want.

Also as a friendly heads up – I think you meant “Tift” county…

Boss_Dawg

June 24th, 2013
11:37 am

and I meant “arena”… HAH!

To the grammar police out there, see how easy it is to make a mistake?

Douglas

June 25th, 2013
7:58 am

This is the reason that UGA needs to fire Fox. He may can coach but he cannot recruit. Georgia has some of the best talent in the nation and they keep leaving the state or going to Georgia Yech.

Eagle1

June 25th, 2013
8:33 am

Phil Cofer of WhiteWater will be a outstanding college player. He is a respectful and very talented young man. He still wants to learn the game and do what it takes to be great at the next level.

Steve

June 26th, 2013
10:47 am

Not sure where you are getting your information from but Gant & Mitchell are considered UGA leans at this point per Rivals.

afan

June 26th, 2013
6:52 pm

Every year it is the same thing. We have 5-15 top athletes in the country in football and probably about 8 athletes in the top 100 in basketball. Every year these athletes go out of state. If we could keep maybe 60 percent of the top athletes in football to stay in state or maybe just 3 of the top athletes to stay in state for basketball, Georgia, Georgia Tech, or even Georgia Southern could easily dominate every year. I don’t get it. Do these coaches just suck at recruiting or are they procrastinators? I love the comments that the recruits make, “Oh yea I love Georgia since I was a kid but they just either never offered or came to late.” What? I think during the summer instead of hosting summer camps on their campuses they should go around the state hosting multiple camps at various venues such as Buford, Camden, Northside WR, etc. Also include the Georgia Dome and larger metropolitan cities. That way you can see a lot more talent close up instead of the .5% that comes to your campus.

2013

June 27th, 2013
12:37 pm

afan, doing camps away from your campus wouldn’t work. Coaches wouldn’t be allowed to communicate with the recruits away from their own campus. You get them on your campus, the coaches can communicate with them all they want.