Georgia’s 2019 class is shaping up to be a good one as we get into the busy travel basketball months. There is star power at the top and the depth is starting to form at all of the positions.
The overall feeling for the group - it is a healthy bunch and ripe with good size. Get ready for a fun three years ahead for this group.
We are excited to unveil our first rendition of rankings for the class. It is a list that will change over the years and grow along the way. One thing that one change is the quality from top to bottom.
We will go to 15 spots to get things started, watch closely during the travel tournaments and re-evaluated along the way.
MEET THE TOP FIVE
Isaac Okoro and Ashton Hagans have long been the names people drum up when talking about the 2019 class within the state and even at a national level. The two were all-state performers at the highest level this past high school season.
Okoro was absolutely stellar for McEachern and helped the Indians achieve national notoriety this season. The Indians finished 29-1 on the season. Okoro was one of the most exciting - and reliable - players in the state regardless of class. The 6-foot-6 wing goes about his business in a humble, do-the-work fashion. He has top 25 national talent.
Not too far behind is Covington native Ashton Hagans. The 6-foot-3 point guard has been a key piece to Newton’s success over the last two seasons. He was the pilot of a team that went 28-2 on the year and was a national top 10 team at one point. Hagans has since announced he will transfer to Oak Hill Academy after the summer. (We will remove him from the Georgia 2019 rankings after he officially enrolls at the school.) Hagans is a national 25 level player.
Marcus Watson moved to Buford High School from Winston-Salem, N.C. and didn’t waste any time making an impression with Eddie Martin’s team. The Wolves won the AAAAA state title. Watson was brilliant on that stage. The strong-bodied 6-foot-6 wing checks in at No. 3 overall on the rankings for Georgia’s 2019 class. He’ll pair with Okoro on the travel circuit with A.O.T., making the toughest 1-2 punch on the wing in the South, maybe even nationally at the 16 and under level.
A familiar face in Georgia, Kyle Sturdivant of Norcross is one of the most steady players in the state. The 6-foot-3 guard has been a consistent force in the Blue Devil backcourt for the last two years. He’s one of the best midrange scorers/shooters in the Peach State and should be the go-to guy next season for the Gwinnett County powerhouse.
Coming in at No. 5 overall is Brantley County’s Jaylin Williams. The south Georgia forward has grown three inches since we saw him last season and he is becoming quite the player. Williams has impressed this spring with the talented Georgia Stars 16 and under team and is one of the toughest players to guard in the class. He’s a threat inside and out.
BIG CLASS, BIG PROMISE
The state has good size in it and that's evident by the rest of the class. McEachern's big man Babatunde Akingbola is one of the highest upside guys in the state. Pebblebrook's Jared Jones is already committed to Auburn. Daniel Ramsey is an intriguing big man from Albany. Issa Muhammad of Lakeside Dekalb is just tapping into his terrific college-ready frame.
The class is also rich with guards with size. Meadowcreek’s Jamir Chaplin is using the travel circuit to play his way back into the conversation in Georgia. He’s one of the most competitive players in the class. Savannah’s Trae Broadnax is a fine scoring point guard who has helped build Islands into a budding powerhouse on the coast.
Chase Hunter of Westlake is one of the best athletes in the state. Ryan Greer, like Hagans, will move out of state at the end of the summer to play at Northfield Mount Hermon and will come out the rankings. Until then, he’s firmly in this list, too. Isaac Martin of Wheeler has the size and shot to be a threat on the wing. Quinn Richey of Mount Pisgah is the best shooter of the group.