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