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Georgia’s Best High School Basketball Players: Meet the State’s Best Centers

Over the past month, we’ve taken a position-by-position look at some of Georgia’s best high school basketball players.

Our first list focused on point guards, followed by shooters, then small forwards and power forwards. We end with the centers.

There are hundreds of outstanding basketball players in Georgia, and these lists are not exhaustive! Use the comments section to discuss other centers worthy of fans’ attention in 2021-22.

Above is Wheeler’s Arrinton page (photo by Ed Turlington).

Delva Chedlet, Cumberland Christian

A monster inside with a long wingspan, Chedlet cleans himself on the glass. The 6-foot-10 senior was named Georgia High School Athlete of the Week by SBLive last month after finishing with 23 points and 22 rebounds in the Lemon Street Classic.

Gai Chol, Green Forest

Chol has length over length, and he knows how to use that to his advantage. The 7-foot junior has had offers from Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Auburn and more.

Malic Ewin, Bermar

With his inside presence on both sides of the pitch, Ewin can extend his reach and score in multiple ways. The 6-foot-10 Ole Miss signee scored his 1,000th career point in the Patriots’ win over Duluth on Feb. 4.

Emeka Iloh, McIntosh

Athletic and strong on the inside, Iloh commands pain with his physique. The 6-foot-8 senior had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Chiefs’ win over Griffin on Jan. 28.

Aaron Jones, veterans

Jones is a defensive-minded center with a knack for blocking shots. The 6-foot-10 junior is closing in on 100 career blocks in less than two college seasons for the Warhawks.

Domas Kauzonas, Rabun Gap

Kauzonas is active at both ends of the pitch, and he has excellent vision and ball touch. The 6-foot-11 junior had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a win over Buford on Jan. 12.

Photo of DK Manyiel by Willie Prince

DK Manyiel, Green Forest

Manyiel is a huge inner talent who can protect the paint thoroughly. The 6-foot-11 junior had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in a win over Southwest Atlanta Christian on Jan. 4. It has offers from Georgia State, Temple, Appalachian State and more.

Peyton MarshallKell

An underclass with enormous size and potential, Marshall uses his strength to fight his way to the hoop. The 7-foot sophomore finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in the Longhorns’ win over Osborne on Jan. 21.

Izaiyah Nelson, Marietta

Nelson is a rebounding and shot-blocking machine who can move like a keeper. The 6-foot-8 Arkansas State signee is averaging 14.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

LT Overton, Milton

A rare blend of strength and agility, Overton is an intimidating presence in the painting. The 6-foot-5 tall man, who is one of the nation’s top soccer rookies, recently announced his decision to graduate early and reclassify from 2023 to 2022. One of his top schools five, Ohio State offered Overton spots on the basketball and football teams.

Arrinten Page, Wheeler

A rim protector who runs the floor and has big hands, Page is a weapon when he’s on the floor for the state’s No. 2 team. The 6-foot-8 junior had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the Wildcats’ recent win over No. 4 Newton.

Eddie Page, Christian from Greater Atlanta

Attacking the edge on one side of the pitch and protecting it on the other, Page plays with great energy. The 6-foot-9 senior had 11 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Cumberland Christian on Jan. 29.

Braden Pierce, River Ridge

An effective scorer near the basket with the ability to go out in threes, Pierce is a mix between old school and new school in the middle. The 7-foot eldest holds deals from South Florida, Georgia State and more.

JC Riley, Lowndes

The 6-foot-9 senior is a monster on the glass and an opportunistic scorer. He had 19 rebounds in a win last month over Tift County, including nine on the offensive glass and contributing to his 13 points.

Lathan Sommerville, TSF preparation

From being physical in the paint to taking on defenders at the top of the key, Sommerville’s size and skill set allows him to play anywhere from center to small forward. Rutgers, Wake Forest and Bradley offered the 6-foot-9 second, who scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Western Reserve Academy on Jan. 25.

Keith Williams, Mount Vernon

Smooth but gritty, Williams plays big inside on both sides of the court and can hit the open jumper. The 6-foot-8 junior scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over Wesleyan on Jan. 28.