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Georgia’s Top High School Basketball Players: Meet The State’s Top Playmakers – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings

By Zach Shugan

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be taking a post-post review of some of Georgia’s top high school basketball players.

Our first list will focus on the playmakers.

There are hundreds of outstanding male basketball players in Georgia, and these lists don’t claim to be exhaustive! Use the comments section to discuss other point guard worthy of fan attention in 2021-2022.

Pictured above is Milton’s Bruce Thornton (photo by Willie Prince).

Stéphon’s Castle, Newton

Castle is a big guard with a big game. The 6-foot-6 junior is scoring for one of the best teams in the state and he does important work on both ends of the field. Castle signed up to UConn in November for Arkansas, Auburn, Ohio State and others.

Isaiah Collier, Wheeler

Collier has all the potential to be the next great player to come out of the basketball factory known as Wheeler. Stars such as Jaylen Brown, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, JJ Hickson and EJ Montgomery all played for the Wildcats before moving on to college and joining the pro ranks. The 6-foot-3 all-around junior narrowed his college picks to Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and USC.

Chase Cormier, Milton

Cormier is a 6ft 2in southpaw with a fluid kick. It is never a good idea to leave the North East engagement open behind the three-point line, but he’s more than just a shooter. He excels at both guard posts and is able to resume a game any night.

Simeon Cottle, Tri-Cities

Cottle pulls from the NBA lineup and plays with a high level of energy. It’s impossible to find a strip of 6-foot-1 senior highlights without any deep 3s or vicious dunks. The Kennesaw State signatory surpassed 1,000 career points on Dec. 10 in the Bulldogs’ victory over Northeast.

Kobe Davis, Langston Hughes

Davis’s No.1 tool is his defense, as he uses his quick hands to rack up steals. The 6 foot elder can play any guard position but excels in point. Davis holds an offer from Stephen F. Austin.

Malachi Dooley, Habersham Central

A 5-foot-10 senior point guard with exceptional speed, Dooley also recently passed 1,000 career points. He had 25 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in a win this week over Lanier.

Tyrese Elliott, Grayson

Elliott returns as a senior leader for the Rams after helping the team win a regional title in 2020. The 6-foot-1 combo guard has great vision and punch-making ability. North Carolina signatory A&T dropped 30 points in the Rams’ season opener (7-2), an 87-56 victory over iSchool (Texas).

Photo by Willie Prince

Jalen Forrest, Greenforest

Forrest is not your typical leader. With his well-built 6ft 4in frame and goggles covering his eyes, he physically stands out and his playing is even more eye-catching. The unengaged elder has received recent offers from Appalachian State, Temple, and Kennesaw State.

London Johnson, Norcross

Johnson burst onto the Georgia scene in his sophomore for the Blue Devils. The 6-foot-4 junior is at his best when attacking defenses and heading for the rim. He focused on 12 schools recruiting him, including Alabama, Houston, State of North Carolina, USC, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Brandon Rechsteiner, Etowah

Rechsteiner has one of the smoothest riders in the state. The 6-foot-1 junior averaged 17 points and 4.5 assists per game in the first 10 games of the season. He holds offers from Mercer, the State of Kennesaw, the State of Texas and the State of Jacksonville.

Jameel Rideout, Berkmar

Rideout was a key part of a Berkmar squad that played the 7A State Championship game in 2020, and he’s one of the reasons the Patriots are ready for another title this season. The 6-foot-2 senior is one of the state’s top scorers in his job. It holds offers from Charleston Southern and North Carolina A&T, and more may be in the works.

Travion Solomon, North-East-Mâcon

Solomon is a two-sports star who plays quarterback on the soccer and basketball field. The 6-foot senior is good at scoring and passing in the quick counterattack and is a great rebounder for a player his size.

Mitchell Taylor, Westlake

The 6-foot-2 senior is a true playmaker with great vision and hands. His buzzer layup gave the Lions a victory over Norcross on December 11.

David Thomas, Eagle’s Landing

Thomas is a dynamic keeper for the reigning 5A State Champions. The 6-foot-2 junior holds offerings from LSU, Troy, Tennessee Tech and Mercer, among others.

Bruce Thornton, Milton

Thornton leads the point for the defending Class 7A champions. The 6-foot-2 Ohio State signatory uses his athleticism to play physical, relentless basketball on both ends of the court. He led Milton to the 7A semifinals in sophomore in 2019 and went further with a state championship in his junior year.

Mansir Williamson, centenary

Williamson is a crafty southpaw who can create points in a variety of ways for himself and his teammates. The 6-foot-2 junior has no college offerings yet, but is one to watch for the next year and a half.

Niko Wilson, Lambert

Wilson is a quick goalie who does a great job in transition. The 6-foot-1 junior is in the middle of a stellar season for the Longhorns, consistently racking up over 20 points per game.

Kami Young, Pebblebrook

Young is one of the best players in the state on one of the best teams in the state. The 6ft 2in Signer Rider is a great dispenser that can score in clusters and light it up beyond the arc. He was recently named to the All-Tournament squad for the Tarkanian Classic after dropping 27 points in the consolation championship.