After checking out talent from all corners of the state of Georgia during the high school season and evaluating talent at our Elite Preview camp, it was time to redo our class of 2018 rankings for the state of Georgia.
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For years it was Khavon Moore and everyone else. But that narrative is starting to change.
Moore, the 6-foot-8 do-everything prospect from Macon Westside is still one of the most versatile guys in the class at the national level. He’s being recruited by schools from coast-to-coast and that shouldn’t change moving forward. Moore is the anchor player for the Atlanta Xpress Under Armour Association team.
The gap between Khavon Moore and the rest of the group is shrinking. Moore will have to work to maintain that top spot. Versatile? Yes. No question about it. But the rest of the pack is coming hard.
Landers Nolley has a habit of winning. He helped Langston Hughes win the school’s first ever state championship in any sport in March. As a sophomore, he helped Curie win the school’s first state title in hoops, too. He’s one of the elite scorers in Georgia, regardless of class. Nolley has made a significant jump to our No. 2 overall spot going into the spring travel season.
Meanwhile in South Georgia, Reggie Perry was one of the hottest names on our national list after the summer of 2016. The Arkansas commitment played like a guy that could be playing basketball for a long time as a career. His season, along with all of Thomasville High School’s team, was a disappointment. The Bulldogs had the talent to make a run at a state title. They went 19-9. How will Perry rebound from that year on the travel circuit with the loaded Arkansas Hawks?
EJ Montgomery was the most consistent player on Wheeler’s team this past season and the future Auburn big man was one of the best post players in all of Georgia this year. He’s making strides in his development as an offensive threat. He’s always been a good rebounder and plays well within himself as a power forward.
Nolley and Will Richardson may be the hottest players in the class of 2018 at the moment. You can make a case for both guys being No. 1 overall in the state after a stellar spring showing. Richardson was an easy all-state selection and a guy the high-majors are asking about quite a bit this spring.
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With the new shuffle, there are a number of new players to keep an eye on moving forward.
Most notably is Upson Lee’s Tye Fagan. The aggressive 6-foot-3 guard checks in at No. 9 overall on our list. He had a perfect season and a state title to add to his budding resumé. Fagan will be highly sought out on the recruiting trail this spring.
Holy Spirit big man Kamani Johnson comes in at No. 12 after his stellar run to a GISA state title. Discovery power forward Kalu Ezipke comes in at No. 15 and his AC Georgia teammate KJ Jenkins comes in at No. 22 overall. Middle Georgia Raptors guard Khalyn Weekley comes in at No. 24 after his strong showing at the Norman Parker Showcase last weekend.