Atlanta-area recruiting proves rich in top basketball talent


Auburn forward Jabari Smith (10) steals the ball from North Alabama forward Dallas Howell (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

(AP) – The Atlanta area is proving to be fertile recruiting ground for college basketball teams seeking top-flight talent.

The region has in recent years produced one-and-done NBA guards from the Atlanta area such as Collin Sexton, 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Edwards and Sharife Cooper. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has found success in bringing in recruits such as 6-foot-10 freshman Jabari Smith with the 12th-ranked Tigers.

It’s also true for Dawn Staley with the top-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team. The Gamecocks entered the year with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class that included a pair of Atlanta-area players in Sania Feagin and Raven Johnson.

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