Kadeem Batts left Boston last year for Atlanta in search for a new beginning in school, in life and in basketball. Now over the half way point in his first year at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., the 6-foot-7 power forward is improving in all three areas.
Batts said the move south is paying off this season as he is playing alongside the likes of Trae Golden, an Ohio State commitment, and Darrius Garrett, a Richmond signee. Batts said he likes the challenges that he is now facing this season.
"It's a huge difference. I think Georgia is probably the best state in the country for basketball talent," Batts said. "It is a lot more competitive and hungrier for the game. It's a much stronger game."
The power forward is also seeing his recruitment strengthen this year. Batts said coaches from College of Charleston, Providence (offer), Nebraska (offer) and Tennessee-Chattanooga (offer) have been by to see him this year. Cincinnati, Arizona, South Alabama (offer) and UMass (offer) are also showing interest.
Batts, a 3.0 GPA student, said he likes what he has heard so far from the college coaches but isn't ready to starting cutting his list down just yet.
"I think a lot of schools interest me but this all sort of happened not too long ago so I'm kind of weighing my options and what everyone has to say," Batts said.
Location doesn't seem to matter either, he said.
"I think I can adjust to wherever. It's going to be about me going to the best situation and getting ready for the next level, if that possibility comes about. I can adjust to whatever," Batts said.
He has proved that thus far at McEachern.