Hethington a name to watch

There must be something in the water down in Georgia. Year after year, some of the best big men in the country come out of Georgia and explode as prospects on the national radar. From Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard to Randolph Morris and Josh Smith, the state known for it's peaches, is earning fame for its endless stream of fantastic prep big men.

And some folks think they know who the next big timer is going to be.

His name is Uriah Hethington, and maybe -- just maybe -- he's got next.

Hethington is 6-9 and 210 pounds, but the junior is expected to grow to about 6-11 or 7-0 by the end of his high school career. Playing both interior positions, he excels as a shot blocker and rebounder and has a nice touch around the cup. He averaged 11 points, 10 rebounds and approximately five blocks per game this season at Cairo (Ga.) High, while leading the Syrupmakers to the state semifinals.

Hethington and Co. were upset by 4A powerhouse Mays High School, who are led by top 25 junior Rashad Chase.

"Uriah played on a hurt foot and still scored 12 points and grabbed 14 boards against Chase. We lost the game, but the boys played well this season," said Ike Chance, his coach at Cairo.

"He's going to be big time," said Chance. He's an athlete. He jumps well and he's just real quick off of his feet. He can play the four as well as the five and he just blocks a lot of shots and rebounds real well. This kid just has a great upside and he's a young kid. Just turned 17 last month."

On the recruiting front, Chance says that a lot of programs are already showing the love.

"He's getting so much mail right now. I know Georgia is going to be in the picture. Clemson too. Nebraska and Wake Forest are getting in early as well. I expect a lot more this summer after everyone sees him too."

Hethington is expected to play for the Atlanta Celtics this summer. And if that's the case -- there will plenty of opportunities to see the 6-9 junior in action.

"Wait and see," said Chance. "Big time, I'm telling you."

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