6'7 '22 Jake McTaggart (Hayesville)

Although he's committed to Charlotte for football, Hayesville's playoff run should definitely remind folks about McTaggart's notable basketball ability. At a strong, fluid, physical 6-foot-7, he's a matchup problem (especially in 1A) and among the top multisport athletes in the state. He's tough and plays hard, which allows him to regularly control the interior as a finisher, rebounder, and shot-altering presence. However, as we saw in their semifinal matchup, McTaggart can effortlessly let it fly from well beyond the three-point line. He knocks down perimeter jumpers at a high percentage, and legitimately forces opponents to contest from anywhere within thirty feet. Somewhere between Jefferson Boaz and Bryson Price, McTaggart could easily be the biggest x-factor for either team.

6'2 '23 Adam Harvey (Chatham Charter)

The balanced approach of Chatham Charter is going to force the opposition to account for numerous guys, but it would be difficult to ignore Harvey's status as their leader. He leads the team in points, rebounds, and steals while scoring the ball at a very impressive clip from all levels. Harvey is unselfish but understands how and when to properly take over or dictate the action. Given his blend of cutting, perimeter shooting, and willingness to make the extra pass, he can find opportunities with or without the ball in his hands. Harvey will be among the multiple guys from Chatham Charter to monitor throughout this contest. 

Ultimately, Kolby Ashe (Hayesville/Palm Beach Atlantic) will be another major determiner of the final outcome. He's a heady floor general with excellent vision and reliable perimeter shooting. Ashe touches the paint and makes great decisions with the ball. On the other side, Beau Harvey, Aamir Mapp, and Brennan Oldham will each make a difference for Chatham Charter. They are unselfish, balanced, and complementary. All three can capably work within interchangeable roles and make plays as needed. Expect a quality battle.