Traveling Team: Georgia Stars

Louis Williams and Mike Mercer get most of the attention, but this year's Georgia Stars edition has much more than the dynamic backcourt duo. In fact, this team will make a case for supremecy in Georgia.

Last year it was the Atlanta Celtics that boasted the top frontcourt in the nation. This spring and summer it'll likely be another Georgia squad that lays claim to the elite backcourt – The Georgia Stars.

Juniors Louis Williams and Mike Mercer play together at South Gwinnett High (Ga.) and plan to stick together for college ball at Georgia, so they'll make it a year-round thing by playing alongside one another during the spring and summer as well.

``They have such good chemistry and really feed off each other," Stars boss Norman Parker said. "They are probably the best backcourt in the nation. They are both very talented, but have different qualities. Mike is more of a true point guard while Louis can play either spot because of his shooting ability."

Wing Rashim Barrett averaged 23.4 points and 8.5 boards this past season at Stone Mountain Marist and will be joined on the frontline by fellow juniors Rashad Chase and shot-blocker Alade Aminu, a 16-year-old big man who attends Stephenson High.

The bench will be strong with 6-1, 160-pound guard Labrez "Tay" Barber, 6-6 wing Octavius Spann and well-traveled 6-8 power forward Daniel Emerson.

``A lot of teams just think we have Louis, Mike and Rashad, but it's not just them," said Spann, who will split his time this summer between the Stars and the World Wide Renegades. "They are our highest-profile players, but we have a lot more talent."

``We are very, very talented," Parker said. "This can be one of the best Stars teams ever, but the key for us is chemistry. Can we play together and have guys that are big-time scorers in high school adjust to their roles? That will be key for us."

Georgia Stars (Atlanta, Ga.)

Coach: Norman Parker

Affiliation: Nike

Top Prospect: G Louis Williams (6-2, 170, JR)

Projected Starters: PG Mike Mercer (6-3, 185, JR); WF Rasheem Barrett (6-4 1/2, 210, JR); BF Rashad Chase (6-8, 225, JR); C Alade Aminu (6-10, JR)

Others: G Tay Barber (6-1, 160, JR); WF Octavius Spann (6-7, 215, JR); BF Daniel Emerson (6-8, JR); PG Paul Williams (5-10, JR); F Jared Cook (6-5, JR); WF Dominique Archie (6-8, JR); G Greg Lockett (5-11, JR); WG Andre Douglas (6-3, JR); F Jay Brown (6-7, JR); WF Paul Johnson (6-6, JR)

Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) – April 9-11

Famous Alum: Kwame Brown


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