Atlanta Forward Making State Title Run.

The Georgia High School State Playoffs are well underway in basketball, and that is when the best of the best shine their brightest. Just like many of his counterparts, one of the state's top juniors has just one thing at the forefront of his mind.

"We're working for a state championship," Mays' Rashad Chase said after his first round win over Newton County. "We're working on key things; the little things that helps us get there. Today we put in a great defensive effort."

Mays went on to beat Woodland in the second round and must square off with Stone Mountain tonight to reach the Semi-Finals. 

The 6'6 F with a chiseled physique has made quite a name for himself on the AAU circuit the last few years and is among the plethora of future high major players playing for an Atlanta-area High School right now. High schools often run some unique offenses and defenses, and teams who focus solely on shutting down Chase have become common. Having help from Auburn football commit Calvin Booker and diminutive playmaker DeAndre Bray on the floor can help keep teams from zoning Chase out of the game.

"(Zones) do (become aggravating) to a point, but once other players started making shots, I didn't have to score as much," said Chase. "As long as the attention is on me, it makes my teammates open, and everything easier."

The 5'5 Bray was one of those teammates last Friday, knocking down jumpers when left open, and displaying solid ball-handling and passing skills. He may not be as highly rated and hotly recruited as his frontcourt classmate, but expect him to receive plenty of attention from mid majors in the future.

As for the top 100?? F, he is currently receiving attention from, (in order mentioned), Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Georgetown, Kentucky, and Tennessee

Any favorites?

"Not really, I'm still open," according to Chase. "Everybody is even."

"The best thing about my game is probably my defense," he added, saying he's being looked at as a combo F who can play the 3 and 4. "I need to work on my outside shot, and a different variety of post moves (before moving on to the collegiate level)."

And while he may be open right now, don't expect it to stay that way for much longer.

"I'm trying to narrow down my schools before the summer actually," said Chase. "I'm looking to make a decision sometime this summer."

Chase will spend this summer playing for the Georgia Stars on the AAU circuit, along with fellow highly thought of Atlanta area juniors Louis Williams and Mike Mercer. The Atlanta Celtics received plenty of media attention last summer with a trio of studs in their frontcourt, potential NBA top 5 picks Dwight Howard and Josh Smith, and C Randolph Morris. Could the Stars make it two years in a row where a Georgia AAU squad dominates the competition?

"We're trying to do what we can," said Chase. "The hype is already there, now we've just to work to earn the hype."

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