Updated: Sep 3, 2022
South Georgia has consistently produced some of the best basketball talent throughout the state over the last four decades. With the emergence of the player development era and more players in South Georgia playing basketball year round, we are starting to notice the shift for the region. Here are a couple of the top 2025 players in South Georgia that you need to know. I am anticipating they will have big years, and will probably see a boost in their recruiting.
Samuel Shoptaw, Lowndes HS, 2025 - 6'2" PG I saw Shoptaw a couple times this summer and was impressed each time. He has a confidence about him that radiates on the court. Shoptaw plays with pace, skill, and IQ. He has a good frame and likes to finish by creating contact. Originally from Kentucky, his nontraditional South Georgia game stands out among his peers. He has already caught the eyes of several college recruiters and has landed the first of many offers from the University of South Alabama.
Jabarri Williams, Valdosta HS, 2025 - 6'0" PG I watched Williams play once with Cam Sports South and knew right away that this kid was different. As a rising sophomore, he plays like a senior. He plays with a ton a poise which is rare for younger players. Williams is really good with the ball in his hands and knows how to find the basket. He received the Region 1-6A Newcomer of the Year, last year and should have a breakout season for the Wildcats with the departure of Savannah State signee Cam Edmonds.
Jarvis Wright, Charlton County HS, 2025 - 6'1" CG Wright is one of the better shooters in the state of Georgia in all classes. He has already proven himself to be one of the top scorers in the state. Wright has a nice release on his jumper and is deadly in catch and shoot situations. He understand how to use his jumper to set up drives to the basket. Wright had a breakout travel season playing with South Georgia Elite. He has caught the eyes of several college recruiters and was frequently one of the top performers in his class in tournaments all summer.
Elyiss Williams, Charlton County HS, 2025 - 6'8" F
Williams is one of few forwards around the state that sprints the floor in transition and dunks everything in the lane. He is a ferocious rebounder that can get you 15-20 rebounds on any night. Williams has developed a nice touch around the basket, but can attack from the top of the key or with his back to the basket. He has already solidified himself as a DI football prospect and should garner the same interest in basketball as his game continues to grow.
Braylon Chaney, Lee County HS, 2025 - 5'7" PG Chaney has already gained the reputation as on of the toughest players in the region. He is a walking billboard for the the phrase "heart over height". At 5'7", Chaney played big minutes at point guard for Lee County last season and showed signs of what to expect. His ability to control tempo offensively and tenacity on the defensive end are skills that caught our eyes. Chaney's craftiness allows him to get by defenders and create for teammates, but he can stroke the 3 ball and is starting to be more consistent shooting his floater in the lane.
Kaleke Jinks Dougherty High, 2025 - 6'0" CG
Jinks has proven in year one of high school that he can score with the best of them. He is crafty with the ball in his hands and can get to his spot within in 2-3 dribbles. He is an explosive guard that is starting to finish plays with dunks. He likes to beat you off the bounce, but we have seen him steadily improve on catch and shoot situations. Jinks is also great in the passing lanes and disrupts passes with his long arms. Expecting him to be a major contributor for Dougherty High his year.
Juwuan Jinks Dougherty High, 2025 - 5'11" PG
Jinks is an elusive lead guard that plays with an uptempo pace. He is most dangerous in transition because his craftiness allows him to beat you with one move and get downhill where he is very unselfish. Juwuan has good touch on his shot and a quick release. He is already known as a knock down shooter from deep. The Jinks duo is probably one of the best 1-2 punches in South Georgia.
Jeremiah Waters, Westover High, 2025 - 6'4" SG
Waters is a versatile guard with a ton of potential. He has great size at the guard spot which allows him to guard all three perimeter positions. Waters is strong off the bounce and has good vision when attacking. He has shown that he is a capable shooter of the catch and s strong rebounder which lead to extra possessions. He should have a bigger role for Westover which lost in the state finals last season.
Josiah Parker, Lee County High, 2025 - 6'6 G/F
Parker has all the tools to be an elite player. He is effective in the post and on the perimeter. Parker’s footwork is impressive. He uses it to create separation and has good vision to make the next pass. He can push the ball on the break and he finishes well with either hand. Parker is very poised for his age and he has displayed a high IQ when competing. He should make an immediate impact in South Georgia for Lee County if he continues to develop.