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Georgia high school basketball has a rich history of talent, especially over the last decade. You could make an argument that the last 10 years of classes is the best run of talent the Peach State has ever seen.

Dayon Griffin had college coaches scrambling in the spring. Who was the athletic wing for the Atlanta Celtics that was attacking the rim, defending the wing and effortlessly scoring? Griffin was a late addition and not in the coaches booklet.

Junior college teams from across the South will fill the courts at Suwanee Sports Academy on Saturday for the CBHoops JUCO Jam. The one-day event is a chance for JUCO teams to have real-time opportunities to test out their roster before the official start of the 2013-2014 season.

Life after basketball was the focal point in Mo Lewis IV’s college decision.

The son of a professional athlete understood that basketball is just a vehicle to the eventual goal, which is a college education. All those things along with his own personal desires was the reason Lewis committed to the Navy over the weekend.

During the last week of the July evaluation period a number of schools lined up to see Smryna Stars power forward Raasean Davis. The 6-foot-7 power forward from Paulding County High School was a hot prospect.

In the end, it was Kent State that won out. The senior committed to the MAC school on Wednesday night.

Malik Beasley and his father have logged a lot of miles in the family car this month. The class of 2015 guard from St.

Derrick Brooks had his mind made up on picking a school.

However, before making a decision, the Georgia native wanted to make sure he was loved not just wanted. Brooks felt that in the Palmetto State when he committed to Wofford College on Saturday while on his official visit.

“I like the campus, with a cool staff and good people,” he said. “All of them seemed like they wanted me equally.”

Before committing to the Terriers, Brooks list was down to UMass, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Boston and Florida International. His mind was set on going to Massachusetts, but it just didn’t feel right to him. This was enough for him to consider Wofford.

While on campus, Brooks was able to see himself part of the Terriers family. He had visions beyond his own dreams.

“I think of it as somewhere I can start and leave my own legacy at,” Brooks said. “I think I can help the program build into a tough contender.”

Wofford’s success in the past was another reason the Bartow High prospect wanted to be part of its accomplishments.

“It let me know that the coaching there knows what it takes to get to the tournament,” Brooks said. “That’s every college, regardless of the size of the school, which is why I don’ t mind attending Wofford and being part of their family.”

Brooks was relieved the recruiting process was over but learned a lot along the way.

“It taught me, through it all, to be patient and everything will play itself out the way you want it to. The name or size of the school doesn’t matter.

“All that matters is how you can help the program build and how they can help you accomplish the goals you have.”

In recruiting, sometimes you just know. For Jalyn Patterson, he just knew on Sunday morning. The Montverde Academy starting point guard decided it was time to end his recruitment during a visit to Louisiana State University.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Are never easy when you have options. Kendall Crute was torn on whether to go with his gut or look at other opportunities. He came to his decision last night because he found what he wanted. That’s the reason Crute committed to Ohio University.

Former Tucker big man Jabari Craig announced on Thursday morning that he will play at Southern Cal in college. The 6-foot-10 native of Canada is currently in prep school at Fishburne Military in Virginia.

When two teammates push each other with the force and encouragement Bryce Brown and Anthony Rice do it creates competitive synergy.

Columbia High’s backcourt mates are the best of friends and each other’s biggest supporters on the floor. They want to make sure the other is reaching their potential and working harder than anyone they play. They are on a mission.

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance shooting guard Torin Dorn is a family man. So when the chance to stay close to home and play for Alan Major's UNC Charlotte came along, the 6-foot-4 guard decided family would come first.

When it came down to it, Eric Lockett was faced with a difficult decision. There were two mid-major powerhouses that were in hot pursuit of his commitment. Should the 6-foot-6 small forward from Whitefield Academy go to George Mason or Western Kentucky?

There is a feeling a person has in their stomach that helps seal an important decision. For Jonathan Sanks that was the feeling he felt after his recruiting visit.

The Berkmar High senior visited Georgia Southern thought about it and pulled the trigger. He selected the Eagles over Radford and Southeast Missouri State.

Fayette County wing Dante Sterling had an idea where he would go to college prior to his visit to James Madison last weekend. Then he visited the Virginia school and decided why prolong the decision? He knew where he wanted to go and ended his recruitment on Thursday.

In recruiting, sometimes it is about being at the right place at the right time. For Justin Gray, that was certainly the case. Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith came to watch one of Gray's Florida Select teammates at the Best of the South tournament but walked away intrigued by Gray, a long-armed 6-foot-4 do-everything wing.

James Demery went to Twitter on Monday night and told the world that he is headed to St. Joseph's University to continue his basketball playing days. The 6-foot-5 wing from Northside Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C. visited the Atlantic 10 school last month and saw enough to put an end to his recruitment.

Buford (Ga.) power forward Rakim Lubin took one visit during his recruiting process and couldn't even get back on the plane for a return trip home. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound big man committed to UConn on Saturday morning during his time in Storrs.

Orlando seems like it is become more of a destination area for basketball players instead of just a tourist stop. Adonys Henriquez wants to make sure of it.

He announced his commitment on Twitter after visiting the University of Central Florida this weekend.

Relief and pure joy are the words that can best describe Andre Chatfield’s official visit to Harvard.

Before returning on a flight to Atlanta, the Norcross High senior committed to Crimson basketball program and coach Tommy Amaker. Chatfield picked the Ivy League over Princeton, LSU and Tulane who visited him at Norcross. While those schools delivered their best message, Chatfield just had a better feel for Harvard.