Posted On: 11/15/18 8:00 AM
Atlanta, Georgia – The high school season in the peach state is officially officaily underway and here we already have one of many head-to-head matchups around the state in the first few weeks. The 2nd year program Lincoln Academy (Suwanee, Georgia) will be traveling and making their way to Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta, Georgia) for a Friday night showdown. These two programs will be representing Georgia well this season with their national schedules. Both programs rosters are filled with next level talent and this one should be a back and forth affair.
Mississippi State commit 2019 wing Elias King (Lincoln Academy) headlines this seasons Lincoln Academy roster. The 6-foot-7 wing has recently commited to Mississippi State after once being a Georgia and Xavier commit. With his recruitment process finally being over, King will be focusing on a much more bigger picture now and that is the success of this Lincoln Academy squad. The Bulldogs are expected to participate in top showcases this season and that includes the Georgia Elite 8 Tip Off Classic, where they defeated Greater Gwinnett Christian, Holiday Hoopsgiving (Nov. 23-24th), Tournament of Champions Showcase (Dec. 15th), Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, NV (Dec. 18-22nd), Governors Challenge in Geneva, OH (Dec. 27-29th), Big North Shootout (Jan. 19-21st), and the Prime Time Shootout in New Jersey (Feb. 9-10th).
Coming into this matchup with a tough Holy Spirit Prep squad, the Bulldogs are 2-0 on the season. Lincoln Academy has already defeated Greater Gwinnett Christian and Athens Prep and in those two games Elias King is averaging 20 points per game. Elias is certainly the main focus on his opponents scouting reports but the Bulldogs have multiple next level athletes as well on this year’s team. Let us not forget about the powerful front court the Bulldogs hold in Dayton commit 2019 forward Moulaye Sissoko, 2021 center Bretner Mutombo, 2021 forward Frank Anselem, and 2022 forward Perry Smith Jr. The young core of Mutombo, Anselem, and Smith Jr. will be the future of this Lincoln Academy program and has already expressed multiple interest from high major college programs.
As for Holy Spirit Prep, by now most of the world knows the name Anthony Edwards or aka “Ant-Man”. The 2020 shooting guard has been putting the nation on notice and is currently the #5 ranked prospect in his class according to ESPN. Edwards, now in his junior campaign, dropped a monster 31 points and 10 rebounds in his season opener at McEachern in the Georgia Elite 8 Tip Off Classic last weekend. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard should be putting up those type of numbers all year long but it will not be easy. The Cougars are another Georgia program that will be representing the peach state nationally due to their national schedule. They are expected to participate in the Georgia Elite 8 Classic, where they fell to McEachern, Under Armour Hard in the Paint Classic, National Hoopfest in Washington D.C (Dec. 7-8th), Tournament of Champions Showcase (Dec. 15th), Christmas Crossover in Houston, TX (Dec. 21-22nd), Chic-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC (Dec. 27-29th), National Hoopfest in Memphis, TN (Jan. 4-5th), Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA (Jan. 20th), and Dr. Pepper Classic in Chattanooga, TN (Feb. 1-2nd) this season.
With all that on their schedule Edwards will definitely need some help. Players like 2020 point guard Deandre Brown and 2019 point guard Makai Jeremiah fill out the backcourt with 2020 shooting guard Anthony Edwards. Forwards in 2019 Ahmir Langlais and Ibrahima Jarjou will fill out the frontcourt this season for this Holy Spirit team and should give the Lincoln Academy front court a run for their money. 2022 guard Robert Cowherd should be a prospect to keep an eye on not only for this matchup but this season as well. The freshman guard has had some buzz coming into his freshman season and got some minutes in their opener against McEachern and finished with 3 points. As you can see both programs in Lincoln Acadmey and Holy Spirit Prep are filled with talented and next level prospects and we should be in for an intriuging contest on Friday night.