Point Guard: Louis Williams, South Gwinnett High School After leading South Gwinnett to a 5A state title in 2005, Williams was not only named Mr. Basketball Georgia, but also Naismith Prep Player of the Year. Williams graduated as the second all-time leading scorer in Georgia high school basketball history and would’ve taken his game to the states flagship university, the University of Georgia; however, Williams was declared ineligible prior to his freshman year. Williams declared for the NBA Draft where he was selected by the 76ers. After struggling in his rookie year, Williams has proven himself as a valuable contributor, improving in every year in the league. Still relatively young, his NBA future looks bright.Honorable Mention:Derrick Favors, South Atlanta High School The power forward had a remarkable high school career, not to mention a solid freshman year at Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, the youngster had the misfortune of being boxed out on this list by Abdur-Rahim, arguably the cities premiere high school talent of all-time.Javaris Crittenton, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy Dwight Howard’s teammate during Crittenton’s sophomore season at SWACA formed the second half of one of the greatest tandems in the history of high school basketball. Crittenton more than held his own after Howard graduated as well, receiving his own recognition as Mr. Basketball Georgia, however Louis Williams was simply more prolific and faced tougher competition on a regular basis. Crittenton spent a year at Georgia Tech, where he had a very solid freshman year, before turning pro.Matt Harpring, Marist Harpring enjoyed a serviceable career as a small forward in the NBA, likely finishing his 12-year career after an injury riddled 2009, last playing with the Utah Jazz. After graduating from Marist, Harpring went on to play his full four seasons of eligibility at Georgia Tech, where he excelled for the Yellow Jackets, earning All-ACC honors in three seasons, tied for the Yellow Jacket record with Mark Price. The Magic made Harpring the 15th pick of the 1998 Draft, where he provided a quick return on investment, named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
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