By Benji Oxman
2024 6’2 PG Trajen Greco (Mill Creek)
Recently coming off football season, Trajen looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. The sophomore PG is truly a 3-level scorer. Effectively shoots the 3, loves to get to his mid-range pull up and can score around the rim with either hand. Greco also has a really impressive change of pace, pair that with his feel and creative passing, and he’s a tough task to stop.
2024 6’4 G Stephen Jackson Jr. (Mill Creek)
The second time seeing Stephen was just as impressive as the first for me. Stephen scored 17 points hitting multiple 3s in their win over Calhoun. Jackson is most effective in catch & shoot situations but he’s proving he can play off the bounce as well. At 6’4 he’s long and athletic so he’s got potential to be a really good defender as well.
2025 6’2 F Emaree Winston (Calhoun)
The freshman forward plays way bigger than his 6’2 size. With Dylan Faulkner out Winston controlled the glass pulling down 18 rebounds against Mill Creek. You can tell he’s a football player on the court just by his aggressiveness and motor alone. Emaree was also effective scoring in the paint & was great off offensive rebounds as he posted 15 points. One of the more impressive double-doubles I’ve seen this season. It appears Winston has a bright future on the football field but he’s a really talented basketball player too.
2023 5’9 PG James Tyre (Lambert)
James Tyre is a two-sport athlete who earned 2nd team all-region honors as QB for Lambert this football season. However, on the basketball court he’s a quick & athletic point guard with tremendous vision. Against Allatoona Tyre finished with 26 points and a handful of assists. Tyre opened up the game with 3 straight 3’s, going on to hit 5 total. The most impressive part of James’s game is his vision. He was throwing full court dimes to beat Allatoona’s press along with breaking down defenders in the half-court and making smart reads in the paint. Tyre has been posting big numbers this season and should be a prospect to track throughout the summer.
2022 6’3 G Cayden Charles (Allatoona)
Cayden Charles continues to carry a heavy load for Allatoona this season and nothing was different against Lambert. Charles had 34 points, 9 rebounds & 4 assists as his team just fell short of victory. Cayden has good size for a 2 guard and gets to the paint at will in high school ball. 10 of his 34 points came at the free throw line because he puts so much pressure on opposing defenses with his slashing ability. In addition to his slashing ability Charles has an extremely high motor & IQ. Cayden should be a priority for most D2 schools in the Southeast.
2023 6’0 PG Tayden Owens (Cherokee)
Tayden had a great performance against Providence Christian posting 31 points, 9 rebounds & 4 assists. Owens really showed his ability to get hot from 3 by hitting 7 3s in this game. Tayden has a compact, quick release which allows him to effectively shoot off the catch or dribble. Tayden is also quick & shifty so he can get into the paint easily and make an effective read from there. I’m expecting a big summer from Tayden and he should attract some major attention from colleges across the Southeast.