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Georgia Express 2024 Fights Through Adversity, Reach Program Firsts At Bama Jam

Basketball is a game of runs and the 2024 Georgia Express gained valuable experience in learning just how quickly a run can change a game. The Express were faced with many of these situations throughout their three showings at the Hoop Seen Bama Jam in Hoover, AL over the weekend.

The Express- who were undersized in every game of the event, opened the pool play portion of the event with a sub-par 66-44 loss to the Alabama Dream 2024 (Madison, AL). What was a nine-point deficit at halftime, quickly turned into a 19-point deficit after the Express allowed the Dream to open the second half with a 10-0 run. That run paired with being out-rebounded by a wide margin put the game out of reach. Evan Taylor (16 points 7 rebounds 6 assists) and Zayd Fisher (12 points) led the Express in defeat.

“We knew we didn’t play as well as we are capable of and we were not aggressive enough as a team,” Head Coach John Green said. “We went back to the hotel and broke down the film. I was pleased at how the guys not only took responsibility for their mistakes but how they also held their teammates accountable during the film session.”

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Georgia Express 2024 posted a 2-1 mark at Hoop Seen Bama Jam

In the evening game the Express showed the film session paid off as they played with much more energy and aggression which they needed. Trailing 41-34 in the second half to Pro One Select White (Huntsville, AL) the Express went on a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take a 46-41 lead powered by Evan Taylor and Cam Robinson. Taylor scored eight of his game-high 15 points including back-to-back three-pointers which tied it at 41, then gave the Express a 44-41 lead. Robinson- who scored four of his 13 points during the run, capped the run with a baseline floater for a 46-41 Express lead with just under six minutes remaining.

The work was not complete however.  Pro One Select White hit a three-pointer to take a 51-49 lead with 3:30 remaining which was quickly answered by a Robinson hoop on the next possession.  After Rodney Harris (5 points 9 rebounds 5 assists) split a pair of free throws for a 52-51 Express advantage with 1:51 left, Dylan Johnson (9 points 4 rebounds 3 assists) drained his third three-pointer of the game moments later followed by a Taylor layup as the Express held off Pro One Select White 57-56 for the win. The victory gave the Express a second place finish in their pool, marked the first win for the Georgia Express 2024 program against a non-Georgia opponent and first win outside of the state of Georgia.

In their final game of the event against ABA (Hampton Cove, AL), the Express had to withstand a first-half three-point barrage from ABA. ABA drained six three-pointers on their way to a 29-16 halftime lead. The ABA lead grew to as many as 14 points in the second half at 32-18 on the scoreboard with just over 14 minutes left.”*

The Express, unaware of the incorrect score made it a non-factor after the dust settled. Trailing 36-25 with 9:48 left, the Express went on a 21-5 run over a 5 minute span which included a Joe Reddick (7 points 5 rebounds 3 assists) three-pointer to tie it 41-41 with 4:35 left. Taylor followed with a three-pointer with 4:12 left for a 44-41 lead and Cam Robinson capped the run with a layup off a Reddick assist for a 46-41 lead which forced an ABA time with 3:45 remaining. The 2024 Express would go on to win 55-47.

“Love it, love the way we played… no bounced back from adversity after that first game and played through the adversity [in the other games]. Two second-half comeback wins in a row shows me now we know how to play through adversity,” Green firmly stated. “The film session, much like the game-day practice last week, made us better in a short amount of turnaround time. To see them respond the way they did, you cannot ask more from young players growing into the game of basketball as a group,” Green added.

For the young Express, three games featured three different types of runs, but winning two straight is how you start a run of wins. The Express have now won five of their last seven and hold a 5-4 mark in Hoop Seen Events. They will return to Hoop Seen action later in August.

*NOTE: The Georgia Express 2024 team was not awarded their one-point for a Cam Robinson made first free throw at the beginning of the second half with 15:50 on the clock. Robinson split two free throws, making the first and missing the second which makes the correct score 29-17. The Express 2024 team played minus a point the entire second half.  For the basis of this report, the score on the scoreboard at the scorers table was used. Video evidence/film of the game shows the error at the point where the point was not awarded to the Express. The true final score was 56-47.

 

UPDATED: Milton Schedules Home-and-Home With National Opponent

UPDATED 7/29/2020

The Milton Eagles and their home-and-home series with St. John’s College (D.C.) has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Milton has scheduled Johns Creek (GA) in place of the St. Johns College (D.C.) game.  The GHSA pushed back the start of the regular season by two weeks in Georgia during a vote last week by the board of trustees. The regular season will now begin September 4th.

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The Milton Eagles went 8-4 during the 2019 football season losing to eventual state champ Marietta in the second round of the Georgia state playoffs. The season included a 17-14 loss to JSerra Catholic (CA) as Milton became the first team from Georgia to play a high school game against a team from California in California.

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Milton (GA) won the 2018 Georgia 7A State Championship

Milton is back at it scheduling another national opponent as the Eagles have agreed to a home-and-home series against St. John’s College (D.C.) during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Milton will play at St. John’s College on September 12th, 2020 and St. John’s College will come to Milton in 2021.

St. John’s College went 7-5 this past season, losing in the WCAC Championship to Good Counsel 16-14. St. John’s College last won the WCAC Championship in 2017 defeating Gonzaga and finished 9-2. St. John’s College last played a team from Georgia during the 2018 season when they defeated Marietta 21-14.

The 2020 and 2021 seasons will mark the third and fourth consecutive seasons that Milton has scheduled a top flight out-of-state opponent. In 2018 Milton defeated Cardinal Gibbons (FL) on their way to winning the 7A state championship over Colquitt County.

Georgia Express 2024 Show Growth

The Georgia Express 2024 showed growth after playing in the Next Level 360 Battle of the Peach featuring teams from Georgia and Tennessee over the July 17th weekend.

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“They showed how to operate under adversity and handle pressure when it came to them”, head coach John Green said. “It is a constant effort to achieve greatness as a program by the year 2024 and it helps playing in these types of events against quality competition.”

The 2024 Express bowed out in the quarterfinals of the 3-game guarantee event in Marietta, GA after a tough 62-61 loss to RIP City (TN). Zayd Fisher (21pts 2reb 2ast), Joe Reddick (14pts 4reb) and Evan Taylor (10pts 5reb 6ast 2stl) led the Express in their effort.

The 2024 Express posted a 1-1 record in pool play, which landed them as the fifth-seeded team after tiebreaks in the bracket play portion of the event. In pool play the 2024 Georgia Express fell to RIP City (TN) and defeated Team Ratliff (GA). Taylor, Fisher and Reddick each averaged double-figures in scoring over the three-day event with Taylor posting an Express-high 24 points in a victory over Team Ratliff. Team Ratliff is owned and coached by former NBA standout Theo Ratliff.

It also marked the first time in Georgia Express history they appeared on SUVTV. SUVTV is the leader in grassroots basketball in the country and is viewed by college coaches and scouts on all levels as the go-to network for livestream grassroots basketball coverage. The quarterfinal game against RIP City (TN) can be viewed here.

Stay tuned for more Georgia Express 2024 updates as the next event for this team is to be determined.

SPECIAL EDITION Georgia GHSA Finals Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 3/2/2020

This is a Special Edition of the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. In Georgia the GHSA Finals are set and will be played in Macon, GA Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday March 8th at the Macon Centerplex.  Throughout the Georgia state tournament the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA has had special editions after each round with an updated Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. Futures, such as draws/paths/potential meetings, were not considered as tough as it is to not look ahead the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA used a game-by-game method. The final Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA will be released after the conclusion of the Georgia basketball season. Teams from the GISA, GICAA and GAPPS were considered however no teams from these associations cracked into the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 or made the “Others To Watch” list all season.

The Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is released on Tuesdays and is in its third season and is also available via the Georgia Hoop Circle. It is also posted on Twitter via the #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA hashtag.

As a reminder the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is ranked as follows; OVERALL performance, Team Chemistry, Coaching, Schedule (OOS is HEAVILY considered) and Schedule for talent. When we load and unload the bus and plane with these 10 teams these are the teams that we can take anywhere as they are the best 10 in Georgia.

Last Week (2/27/2020-SPECIAL EDITION) #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA was as follows: Out-Lithonia, Tucker 10-South Cobb 9-Cedar Shoals 8-Tri-Cities 7-Norcross 6-McEachern 5-Wheeler 4-St. Francis 3-Milton 2-Woodward Academy 1-Grayson

Here is the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for this week as of 3/2/2020. Three teams lost and two teams fell out. Also we continue to track who from the “Others To Watch” group loss and was removed as their season is complete.

Out- South Cobb (28-3); loss to Lanier in 6A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Season Complete); Tri-Cities (26-6); loss to Chattahoochee in 6A Semifinals at Buford City Arena; Season Complete

Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(5):  Chattahoochee (24-7; defeated Tri-Cites; vs Lanier in 6A Finals), Greenforest (20-9; defeated Trinity Christian; vs St. Francis in 1A Private Finals), Lanier (26-5; defeated South Cobb; vs Chattahoochee in 6A Finals), Pace Academy (27-4; defeated Johnson-Savannah; vs Jefferson in 3A Finals), Swainsboro (29-2; defeated Glenn Hills; Vs Therrell in 2A Finals),  REMOVED (Season Complete): Kell (24-5; loss to Dutchtown; Season Complete)

10Therrell (25-7); defeated Chattooga in 2A Semifinals at Georgia College & State University; Vs Swainsboro in 2A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Thurs 4pm)

9- Dutchtown (27-4); defeated Kell in 5A Semifinals at Fort Valley State University; Vs Cedar Shoals in 5A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Fri 8pm)

8– Cedar Shoals (28-3); defeated Southwest Dekalb in 5A Semifinals at Fort Valley State University; Vs Dutchtown in 5A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Fri 8pm)

7- Norcross (26-4); loss at Grayson in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; Season Complete

6- McEachern (23-8); loss to Grayson in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena; Season Complete

5Milton (26-5); loss to Wheeler in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena; Season Complete

4- St. Francis (28-3); defeated Mt. Pisgah in 1A-Private Semifinals; vs Greenforest in 1A-Private Finals at Macon Centerplex (Wed 4pm)

3Wheeler (23-7):defeated Milton in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena; Vs Grayson in 7A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Sat 8pm)

2- Woodward Academy (29-2); defeated Denmark in 4A Semifinals at Fort Valley State University; Vs Cross Creek in 4A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Fri 1pm)

1- Grayson (30-1); defeated McEachern in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena; Vs Wheeler in 7A Finals at Macon Centreplex (Sat 8pm)

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The Triangle Offense:

The Triangle Offense was introduced the week of 1/7/2020 and contains three points to consider about this weeks Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. This week the 3 things involving Hillsman Heavy Teams that could shake up spots when the final Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is released next week. There are not many spots open and some teams can shake things up more than others by winning in the finals.

Grayson vs Wheeler; This one is self explanatory, Grayson wins and they will go wire-to-wire in the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 at the No. 1 spot and a trip to GEICO Nationals in New York up next in April. Wheeler wins and it opens up a lot of things for who can grab the No.1 spot and how it affects the rest of the final Hillsman Heavy Top 10

(5A Finals) Cedar Shoals and Dutchtown vs (6A Finals) Chattahoochee and Lanier; Quite frankly 5A ball has been the second best classification in Georgia behind 7A. The 5A winner will be in the final Hillsman Heavy no question. The 5A loser- depending on how the 5A championship game plays out and how close it is will have to wait and see. 6A has been an enigma all season and both Chattahoochee and Lanier are now in the “Others To Watch” group for the first time this season. The 6A winner will have the upper hand at potentially landing in the final Hillsman Heavy depending on how all things shake out.

Therrell/Swainsboro/Pace Academy/Greenforest; Therrell returns to the rankings ahead of the 2A championship game in which they will take on Swainsboro. Swainsboro has not cracked the Hillsman Heavy this season however have been in the “Others To Watch” as the state tournament has continued. A Therrell win and they will be in the final Hillsman Heavy. Swainsboro wins and they’ll have to see how the chips fall as Pace Academy is sitting on the door step with a win themselves. Greenforest, who was in the Hillsman Heavy earlier this season can really shake things up with a win in the 1A-Private game and could leave another state winner out.

Buckle Up for a wild final week of Georgia High School Basketball

 

Westlake (GA) Girls No. 21 Nationally

The Westlake Lady Lions will enter the Georgia GHSA 7A State Tournament riding a 10-game winning streak, 19-0 against Georgia teams and the No. 21 team in the latest Max Preps Top 25 high school girls basketball rankings.

Westlake (25-2), the two-time defending state champion, are going for their third straight title in Georgia’s highest classification. McEachern-which won four straight from 2014 to 2018, and Collins Hill (2005-2007) are the last two programs since 2001 to win three straight titles in the highest classification. McEachern and Collins Hill each won five state titles since 2001 and are contenders again this season.

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Westlake opens the state tournament hosting Etowah (12-16). Collins Hill (27-0), McEachern (17-9), Cherokee (25-2) and North Forsyth (25-2) are all considered contenders for the 7A title. Westlake defeated Collins Hill the previous two season in the Elite Eight in 2018 and the state finals in 2019. The only way the two teams would meet this season is in the state championship game again.

State Tournament Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 2/11/2020

The Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is in its third season and is also available via the Georgia Hoop Circle. It is also posted on Twitter via the #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA hashtag.

As a reminder the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is ranked as follows; OVERALL performance, Team Chemistry, Coaching, Schedule (OOS is HEAVILY considered) and Schedule for talent. When we load and unload the bus and plane with these 10 teams these are the teams that we can take anywhere as they are the best 10 in Georgia.

In Georgia the state tournament in all eight (8) classifications begins on Friday, February 14th. There are some with an exception to begin on Thursday, February 13th. The Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA will continue each week during the state tournament as the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is about the best 10 teams in the state. Futures, such as draws/paths/potential meetings, are not considered as tough as it is to not look ahead the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA uses a game-by-game. It’s Win or Go Home time now, “one game at a time”.

Last Week (1/28/2020) #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA was as follows: Out- None 10-Wheeler 9-Dutchtown 8-McEachern 7-Milton 6-Woodward Academy 5-Lithonia 4-St. Francis 3-Shiloh 2-Norcross 1-Grayson

Here is the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for this week as of 2/11/2020 and for the first time there is no change. There are some additions to the teams to watch

Out- Dutchtown (23-4);defeated Woodland-Stockbridge, loss to Eagle’s Landing in Region 4-5A tournament last week- Region Runner-Up; vs Ware County in 5A State Tournament this week;

Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(13): Americus-Sumter (27-0; Region 1-3A Champ), Berkmar (16-9; Region 7-7A Champ), Buford (20-6; Region 8-5A Champ), Cedar Shoals (24-3; Region 8-5A Runner-Up), Douglas County (19-9; Region 5-6A), Greenforest (17-9; Region 5-1A Private Champ), Hiram (22-6; Region 7-5A Champ), Kell (21-4; Region 7-5A Runner-Up), Pace Academy (23-4; Region 5-3A Champ), Sandy Creek (23-4; Region 5-4A Champ), South Cobb (25-2; Region 6-6A Champ), Tri-Cities (23-5; Region 5-5A Champ), Tucker (24-3; Region 4-6A Champ)

10Lithonia (24-3); loss to Columbia and Miller Grove in Region 5-5A Tournament last week- 4th place Region Finish; vs Hiram in 5A State Tournament this week.

9- Eagle’s Landing (24-3); defeated Locust Grove, Jones County and Dutchtown in Region 4-5A Tournament-Region Champ; vs New Hampstead in State Tournament this week

8- Wheeler (19-6): defeated Westlake and Pebblebrook in Region 2-7A tournament last week-Region Champs; vs Etowah in 7A State Tournament this week

7- McEachern (20-7); defeated Hillgrove and North Cobb in Region 3-7A Tournament-Region Champs last week; vs TBD At-Large in 7A State Tournament this week

6- Milton (23-4); defeated West Forsyth and North Forsyth in Region 5-7A tournament last week-Region Champs; vs Central Gwinnett in 7A State Tournament this week

5St. Francis (25-3); defeated The Walker School and Mt. Paran Christian in Region 6-1APrivate tournament last week-Region Champs; First round bye in 1A-Private State Tournament this week

4Norcross (24-3); defeated Brookwood, loss to Berkmar in Region 7-7A tournament-Region Runner-Up; vs Lambert in 7A State Tournament this week

3- Shiloh (23-3); defeated Archer, loss to Grayson in Region 8-7A tournament last week; vs Peachtree Ridge in 7A State tournament this week

2- Woodward Academy (25-2); defeated North Clayton and McDonough in Region 4-4A tournament last- Region Champs; vs Spalding in 4A State Tournament this week 

1- Grayson (26-1); defeated Newton and Shiloh last week in Region 8-7A tournament-Region Champs; vs Discovery in 7A State Tournament this week

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The Triangle Offense:

The Triangle Offense was introduced the week of 1/7/2020 and contains three points to consider about this weeks Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA.

-Lithonia is the only team in the Top 10 or in the Others To Watch that did not either win their region or were region runner-up. The concern with Lithonia was could they play the complete season has been there with Lithonia since the beginning of the season and played apart in why it took so long for the Bulldogs to crack the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. Their region has always been known to be one of the toughest and this year is no different, although with much less fanfare than in previous seasons. It’s hard to beat good teams three times and you saw that with Columbia (16-11) and Miller Grove (19-10)- both with not-so-glossy records playing very solid schedules with key OOS wins, beating Lithonia in their third meeting of the year after Lithonia swept the regular season meetings 2-0 against both. Their overall body of work is considered despite losing back-to-back games albeit in the region tournament for the first time this season. Lithonia bounced back from their first loss to Grayson by winning nine straight before the region tournament. Now they have the opportunity to bounce back with no margin of error and must do it on the road at Hiram in the first round. Lithonia’s true mettle will be tested in the first round. They stayed in barely and I mean barely. Win Or Go Home.

-Shiloh’s three losses are to Grayson and quite frankly that’s the best team they’ve played all season. There is much uncertainty with Shiloh as Peachtree Ridge visits in the first round, Shiloh has no more margin of error. Norcross dropped it’s first game to a Georgia team in Berkmar in their third meeting of the year after sweeping the two regular season meetings. Berkmar, now in the Others To Watch group seems to be coming together (that was a point made in the very first ‘The Triangle Offense’ about teams getting hot…and staying hot, cooling off etc).

-Woodward Academy dropped two games by a combined fives points, especially to a sub .500 team in Druid Hills (13-15) is hard to ignore. However the overall body of work stands on a solid foundation. Yes they directly benefited from Shiloh and Norcross losing and St. Francis’ weak region.

Georgia GHSA State Tournament Brackets

The 2019-2020 GHSA State Basketball Championships are here this week with most games beginning on Friday, February 14th. Some games will be held on Thursday, February 13th.

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Blow is a look at the boys brackets for all eight classifications in Georgia.

CLASS AAAAAAA (7A)

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CLASS AAAAAA (6A)

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CLASS AAAAA (5A)

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CLASS AAAA (4A)

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CLASS AAA (3A)

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CLASS AA (2A)

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CLASS A-PUBLIC (1A PUBLIC)

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CLASS A PRIVATE (1A PRIVATE)

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Georgia Lands Four In Perfect Game Preseason Top 50 Baseball Rankings

The Perfect Game Preseason Top 50 high school baseball poll was released this week with two Georgia teams landing in the Top 10. North Gwinnett, which has never won a state title in school history, is the highest ranked team at No.4 while Parkview comes in at No.10.

Buford at No.31 and Houston County at No.37 round out the Georgia teams in the preseason rankings giving the state a total of four teams. North Gwinnett, Parkview and Buford are all in Gwinnett County.

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Cobb County, which is rich in baseball and high school baseball history, did not have any teams in the preseason rankings. Pope (4), Walton (2), Harrison (1) and Lassiter (1) have all won state titles since 2001.

Parkview is the back-to-back defending 7A state champion and has won three of the last five titles in the highest classification and seven titles since 2001.

Buford won a state title in 2015 in class 4A and a 2A state title in 2011.

Houston County won state titles in class 5A in 2014 and 2016, both teams included former University of Georgia quarterback Jack Fromm.

The high school baseball season officially starts in Georgia for GHSA schools on Monday February, 10th.

Other Notable Bordering States Notes:

Florida led the way with 10 schools in the preseason poll led by No.1 Tampa Jesuit.

No.8- Bob Jones (AL), No. 25- Russell County (AL) and No. 32- Hoover (AL) are the Alabama representatives and No.43- Chapin (SC) is the lone team from South Carolina in the preseason rankings.

Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA; 1/28/2020

The Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is in its third season and is also available via the Georgia Hoop Circle. It is also posted on Twitter via the #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA hashtag.

As a reminder the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is ranked as follows; OVERALL performance, Team Chemistry, Coaching, Schedule (OOS is HEAVILY considered) and Schedule for talent. When we load and unload the bus and plane with these 10 teams these are the teams that we can take anywhere as they are the best 10 in Georgia.

Last Week (1/21/2020) #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA was as follows: Out- South Cobb, Eagle’s Landing 10-Wheeler 9-Dutchtown 8-McEachern 7-Milton 6-Woodward Academy 5-Lithonia 4-St. Francis 3-Shiloh 2-Norcross 1-Grayson

Here is the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for this week as of 1/28/2020 and for the first time there is no change. There are some additions to the teams to watch

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Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(17): Americus-Sumter (22-0), Archer (15-8), Buford (17-5), Brunswick (14-6), Cedar Shoals (20-2), Eagle’s Landing (19-3), Greenforest (13-9), Grovetown (17-3), Hart County (22-1), Kell (20-4), Langston Hughes (16-6), Pace Academy (19-4), Sandy Creek (18-3), Sequoyah (19-4), South Cobb (21-2), Tri-Cities (20-4), Tucker (21-3)

10- Wheeler (16-6): defeated Westlake and loss to Milton last week; vs East Coweta and Pebblebrook this week

9- Dutchtown (22-3); defeated Union Grove last week; Regular Season complete

8- McEachern (16-7); defeated North Paulding, Marietta and North Cobb last week; vs Kennesaw Mountain and Hillgrove this week

7- Milton (19-4); defeated Lambert, South Forsyth and Wheeler last week; vs West Forsyth and North Forsyth this week

6- Woodward Academy (20-2); defeated North Clayton and Hampton last week; vs Eastside and Salem this week

5- Lithonia (22-1); defeated Clarkston and Columbia last week; vs Arabia Mountain and Miller Grove this week

4St. Francis (20-3); defeated Mount Paran Christian and Mount Pisgah Christian last week; vs Pinecrest Academy and The Walker School this week

3Shiloh (20-2); loss to Grayson last week; vs Newton and South Gwinnett this week

2- Norcross (22-2); defeated Lakeside-Dekalb and Cardinal Newman (SC) at Peachtree Corners Invitational last week; vs Meadowcreek this week

1- Grayson (22-1); defeated Shiloh and Ramsey (AL) at Peachtree Corners Invitational last week; vs South Gwinnett and Rockdale County this week

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The Triangle Offense:

The Triangle Offense was introduced the week of 1/7/2020 and contains three points to consider about this weeks Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA.

-In one of two games featuring teams in the Hillsman Heavy Top 10, Shiloh fell 68-67 to Grayson. The Generals blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but Grayson forced them to do that with their play. There seemed to be some premature celebration from the Generals around the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter that Grayson witnessed from their bench during a timeout. After the timeout Grayson, who is 3-0 in games decided by one-point this season, showed they know how to win basketball games by playing the entire game. Grayson blew a fourth-quarter lead in their only loss this season to Newton and has been a very different team since that learning experience, look for the same from Shiloh the remainder of the season and a possible third meeting between the two teams in the region tournament.

-In the other game featuring teams in the Hillsman Heavy Top 10, Milton survived Wheeler 64-62.  Milton is 4-2 in games decided by five points or less this season and their only in-state loss was by one-point to Grayson. The victory only helped Milton as the state tournament nears as they are head and shoulders above everyone in their region so a stern test and victory bodes well for the Eagles. All six of Wheeler’s losses have been by six points or less and Wheeler is 5-6 in games decided by six points or less. Considering their schedule you would have to say this is a pretty battle tested team and once state tournament rolls around they’ll have the experience of close games, now turning those into wins the rest of the way is the key. Still strong enough overall to keep them at the 10 spot.

-The Others To Watch group is loaded up with 17 teams to watch, too many to be quite frank, however you have to account for the good level of basketball being played with an understanding that separation is coming over the next two or so weeks, especially in class 6A. Everyone in the group controls their own separation. Some in this group loss this week and still need to be watched because of how they bounced backed.

 

Georgia 2020 McDonald’s All-Americans Are First In School History

The 2020 McDonald’s All-American selections were announced today and several players from Georgia or with Georgia association made the rosters. The game will be played April 1st at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.

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2018-19 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Sharife Cooper of McEachern earned a selection becoming the first player in McEachern boys program history to do so. Cooper guided McEachern to a 32-0 record in class 7A last season and their first state championship in boys program history. McEachern is currently 13-7 this season and is a contender again to repeat as the state champs. Cooper played his travel ball with the AOT Runnin’ Rebels. Cooper’s older sister Te’a, now at Baylor, was also a McDonald’s All-American selection in 2015 and was the first girls player from McEachern to earn a selection. Cooper is committed to Auburn.

Walker Kessler becomes the first player in Woodward Academy boys program history to be selected as a McDonald’s All-American. Kessler is averaging 19.8 points 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 blocks this season as Woodward Academy currently is 19-2 and a heavy contender for the class 4A title. Last season Kessler averaged 21 points 11.9 rebounds and 6.4 blocks while leading Woodward Academy to the class 4A semifinals. Kessler is committed to North Carolina.

Olivia Cochran of Carver-Columbus (GA) represents on the girls side by becoming the first player in the girls program history to earn the selection. The 6’3 senior led Carver-Columbus to the class 4A state title last season as a junior (Carver-Columbus) and currently has the Tigers at 16-4 this season as they look to repeat. Cochran played her travel ball with FBC United-Hunt. Cochran is committed to Louisville. 

Notable:

Brandon “BJ” Boston Jr., formerly of Norcross (GA) and now at Sierra Canyon (CA) earned a selection. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Norcross, Boston was a part of a state finalist and state semifinalist teams respectively. Boston is committed to Kentucky.