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Wheeler Enters Rankings, Grayson Falls And Westlake Girls Rise

The Wheeler Wildcats (24-7) moved into the latest Max Preps Top 25 high school basketball rankings this week for the first time this season. On the heels of a 60-59 victory over then-No. 2 Grayson in the Georgia 7A state finals, the Wildcats come in at No. 24. Grayson (30-2), who had been ranked most of the season in the top ten, fell out of the Top 25 and into the Next Five coming in at No. 26.

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Wheeler, a blue blood program in Georgia with seven state titles, may have pulled an upset but they were not a weak team. The Wildcats had quality in-state victories over Grayson (1-1), Pebblebrook (2-1; 7A Sweet 16 loss to Grayson), East Coweta (7A Sweet 16), St. Francis (1A-Private State Champion), Milton (1-1; 7A Final Four), Shiloh (7A Sweet 16), Dutchtown (5A State Champion), Heritage (GISA 3A State Champion), Lanier (6A Finalist), Newton (7A Elite 8) and Kell (5A semifinalist)-all of which advanced to at least the second round. Wheeler only played three OOS games this season, a very low number by Wheeler standards, going 1-2 at the Kreul Classic with a victory over West Nassau (FL) (14-2) and losses to Deerfield Beach (FL) (15-8; 1st Rd exit in 7A state tournament) and Forest Hill (FL) (28-3; 7A Final Four). Wheeler’s OOS schedule proved to be weak overall.

Wheeler and Grayson split their two meetings this season with Grayson winning by five at Wheeler and Wheeler winning by one on a neutral floor. Grayson lost their two games by a combined five points, their only other loss was at region opponent Newton, who reached the 7A quarterfinals, 84-80 in overtime. Grayson defeated Newton 86-39 and 82-58 in their next two meetings this season to win the season series handily 2-1.

Grayson, who went into the fall trying to fill their schedule, had quality in-state wins over Berkmar (7A Elite 8), Milton (7A Final Four) , Pebblebrook (2x; 7A Sweet 16), Wheeler (1-1; 7A State Champion), Sandy Creek (4A Elite 8), Mountain Brook (AL) (7A Finalist), Memphis East (TN), McEachern (2x; 7A Final Four), Lithonia (5A Elite 8), Newton (2-1; 7A Elite 8), Archer (2x; 7A 1st Rd), Shiloh (3x; 7A Sweet 16) and Norcross (7A Elite 8). Grayson went 5-0 in OOS play defeating Crestwood Prep (Canada), Ramsay (AL; 5A Final Four), Wayne (OH; D1 District Semifinal exit), Memphis East (TN) and Mountain Brook (AL; 7A Finalist). Overall Grayson had some holes to fill in their schedule and though they went undefeated in OOS games, the OOS was not as strong as it could have been.

Wheeler and Grayson both showed that Georgia basketball as a whole is brutal night in and night out but that scheduling must improve across the board both in-state and with out-of-state quality competition. Neither is likely to be invited to GEICO Nationals. Grayson had the inside track until the one-point loss in the finals and still has a strong case based on their overall body of work but was it strong enough? If you saw Grayson play this year multiple times that should give you your answer, Yes.

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On the girls side Westlake (30-2) moves up four spots from No.18 to No.14 in the latest girls Max Preps Top 25 high school basketball rankings. Westlake defeated Collins Hill (31-1) in the 7A state finals to become the first team since McEachern (2014-2017) to win three straight state titles in the highest classification in Georgia. Westlake went 24-0 against Georgia teams and 6-2 against OOS teams. The losses were to No.11 Paul VI (VA) and Centennial (NV). Westlake is in line to play in the GEICO Nationals, which have been moved from New York, New York to Dorman, South Carolina because of the coronavirus outbreak. Westlake last played in the GEICO Nationals in 2018.

 

 

 

FINAL Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 3/10/2020

The Georgia High School Basketball season is complete and this is the FINAL Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA of the 2019-2020 season. All teams in the final Hillsman Heavy Top 10 are from the GHSA.  Teams from the GISA, GICAA and GAPPS were considered all season however no teams from these associations cracked into the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 or made the “Others To Watch” list this season.

The Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA is released on Tuesdays (early Wednesday morning in this case eastern time) and is in its third season and is also available via the Georgia Hoop Circle. On Twitter use #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA for all conversation and “The Triangle Offense”.

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

Here is the FINAL Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for the week as of 3/10/2020. Team information has been added to the final teams.

Out- Therrell (25-8);loss to Swainsboro in 2A Finals; 2A Finalist, Cedar Shoals (28-4); loss to Dutchtown in 5A Finals; 5A Finalist

Others To Watch (12):  Pace Academy (28-4; Sharman White); defeated Jefferson in 3A Finals; 3A State Champions; 2-2 vs OOS), Cedar Shoals 28-4; L’Dreco Thomas); 5A Finalist; 2-0 vs OOS),  Swainsboro (30-2; Brice Hobbs); defeated Therrell in 2A Finals; 2A State Champions), Tri-Cities Omari Forts; 6A Semifinalst, South Cobb (28-3; Greg Moultrie); 6A Semifinalist, NO OOS games, Lithonia (26-4; Wallace Corker); 5A Quarterfinalist, 2-0 vs OOS, Greenforest (20-10 in record, 24-6 on the floor; Rory Griffin; loss to St. Francis in 1A Private Finals), North Gwinnett (18-12; Matt Garner; 7A Quarterfinalist, No OOS games), Kell (26-6; Jermaine Sellers; 5A Semifinalist; No OOS games, Tucker; (26-4 James Hartry); 5A Quarterfinalist; 1-1 vs OOS Therrell (25-8; Eddie Johnson; 1-2 vs OOS), Americus-Sumter (29-1; Johnny Genwright); 4A Quarterfinalist, 1-0 vs OOS

10- Lanier (26-6; Brendan Mayweather); loss to Chattahoochee in 6A Finals; 3-1 vs OOS Quality Wins: East Coweta, Lambert, South Salem (OR), Stephenson, Langston Hughes, South Cobb Quality Losses; Wheeler, Wilsonville (OR), Chattahoochee, Denmark Bad Loss(es); Peachtree Ridge, North Gwinnett Notable Players:  Sion James, Andrew McConnell

9- Chattahoochee (25-7; Chris Short); defeated Lanier in 6A Finals; 6A State Champions; No OOS games; Quality Wins: Berkmar, Heritage (GISA), Tri-Cities, Alexander, Heritage-Conyers, Cambridge (3x), Pebblebrook (1-1), Quality Loss(es): Pebblebrook (1-1), South Cobb, Kell, Shiloh Bad Loss(es); Centennial (2-1), North Atlanta Notable Players:  AJ White, Cam Sheffield, David McDaniel

8- Dutchtown (28-4; Jordan Griffin); defeated Cedar Shoals in 5A Finals; 5A State Champions; 3-1 vs ODD Quality Wins: Cedar Shoals, Tucker, Eagle’s Landing (1-2), Newton, Westlake, Kell, Columbia, Riverwood, Mainland (FL), Trinity Christian Quality Loss(es): Eagle’s Landing (1-2), Wheeler, Chaminade-Madonna (FL) Bad Loss(es): None Notable Players:  Cam Bryant, Jamaine Mann, Kameron Hobbs

7- Norcross (26-4; Jesse McMillan); loss at Grayson in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; 5-2 vs OOS; Quality Wins: Berkmar (2x), Greenforest, Sandy Creek, Tucker, Jefferson (OR), West Linn (OR), Lambert, Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) Quality Loss(es); Mater Dei (CA), Berkmar (2-1), Roselle Catholic Bad Loss(es); Grayson Notable Players:  JT Thor, Quincy Ademokoya, Josh Taylor, Kevon Eskridge

6- McEachern (23-8; Mike Thompson); loss to Grayson in 7A Semifinals; 4-5 vs OOS; 2 losses to Montvere Academy; Georgia losses to Grayson (2x) and Shiloh; Quality Wins: Mayfair (CA), Roman Catholic (PA), Scotlandville (LA), Windsor Forest, Berkmar, Pebblebrook, Berkmar Quality Losses; Montverde Academy (FL-2x), Grayson (2x), Shiloh, The Patrick School (NJ), Montclair Immaculate Conception (NJ), Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) Bad Loss(es): None Notable Players:  McDonalds All-American Sharife Cooper, Cam McDowell, Randy Brady, Dylan Cardwell (ruled ineligible by GHSA)

5Milton (26-5: Allen Whitehart); loss to Wheeler in 7A Semifinals: 3-3 vs OOS Quality Wins: Kell, Madison East (WI), Pebblebrook, Lambert, Northside Christian Academy (NC), Wheeler (1-1), Newton  Quality Losses; Grayson, Henry Clay (KY), South Shore (NY), Bad Loss(es); None Notable Players:  Bruce Thornton, Kanaan Carlyle, Evan Hurst

4- St. Francis (29-3; Drew Catlett); defeated Greenforest in 1A-Private Finals; 1A-Private State Champions; 2-2 vs OOS; Lone loss to Georgia team was to Wheeler; Quality Wins: Greenforest, Langston Hughes, Archer, Holy Innocents, Izard County (AR), Coronado (NV) Quality Losses: Dorman (SC), Long Island Lutheran (NY) Bad Losses: None Notable Players: Dwon Odom, Chase Ellis, Jusaun Holt

3- Woodward Academy (30-2; Anthony Thomas); defeated Cross Creek in 4A Finals; 2 losses by combined 5 points. 4-0 vs OOS; Quality Wins: Sandy Creek, Pace Academy, Lambert, Northside-Fort Smith (AR), Millennium (AZ), De Smet Jesuit (MO), Oxford (AL), Denmark, Cross Creek, Eastside Quality Losses: Jemison (AL); Bad Loss(es): Druid Hills Notable Players: McDonald’s All-American Walker Kessler, Michael Whitmore, Will Richards, Emory Lanier

2- Grayson (30-2; Geoffrey Pierce); loss to Wheeler in 7A Finals; 7A Finalist; 5-0 vs OOS; 2 losses by combined 5 points; Quality Wins: Berkmar, Milton, Pebblebrook (2x), Wheeler (1-1), Sandy Creek, Mountain Brook (AL), Memphis East (TN), McEachern (2x), Lithonia, Newton (2-1), Archer (2x), Shiloh (3x), Crestwood Prep (Canada), Norcross; Quality Losses: Wheeler (1-1); Bad Loss(es): None Notable Players: Caleb Murphy, Deivon Smith, Toneari Lane, Ian Schieffelin

1Wheeler (24-7; Larry Thompson): defeated Grayson in 7A Finals; 7A State Champions; 1-2 vs OOS; 4 losses to Georgia teams that at least made it to the 2nd Rd (Pebblebrook only team that did not make it beyond 2nd Rd-loss to Grayson); Quality Wins: Grayson (1-1), Milton (1-1), Pebblebrook (2-1), East Coweta, St. Francis, Shiloh, Dutchtown, Heritage (GISA), Lanier, Newton, Kell, Westlake (3x); Quality Losses: South Cobb, Grayson (1-1), Milton(1-1), Pebblebrook (2-1) Forest Hill (FL); Bad Loss(es): Campbell Notable Players: Sam Hines, Ja’Hiem Hudson, Isaiah Collier

The Triangle Offense:

The Triangle Offense was introduced the week of 1/7/2020 and contains three points to consider about this week’s Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. There is no Final Triangle Offense. #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA on Twitter for all conversation

 

Grayson Holds At No.2, Westlake Moves Up; Quick Notes Finals Game

The latest Max Preps High School Basketball rankings have been released and the same two Georgia teams are still there. On the boys side the Grayson Rams (30-1) remain at No.1 behind only Montverde Academy. Grayson will meet Wheeler (23-7) on Saturday night in Macon, GA in the class 7A finals.

Grayson won the previous meeting this season against Wheeler 73-68 back in December. The Rams went 5-0 against non-Georgia teams this season and are riding a 22-game winning streak entering the finals. Grayson has notable wins against teams that reached the semifinals including Alabama 7A runner up Mountain Brook (AL), two wins over McEachern and Milton. Wheeler went 1-2 in games again non-Georgia opponents and have victories over notable semifinal teams or better in 1A-Private champion St. Francis, 5A finalist Dutchtown, 5A semifinalist Kell, 7A semifinalist Milton (split two meetings this season), 6A finalist Lanier and 6A semifinalist South Cobb this season.

On the girls side, Westlake (29-2) moved up three spots to No. 18 from No.21. The Lady Lions will face Collins Hill (31-0) in the 7A Finals Saturday night in Macon, GA. Westlake is undefeated this season against Georgia teams as is 7-2 against non-Georgia teams. Collins Hill is 4-0 against non-Georgia teams and has not won a game by less than 15 points all season. Westlake has eliminated Collins Hill each of the last two postseasons including in the 7A state championship game last season.

Grayson and Westlake with state championship game victories will officially accept invitations to and play in the Geico Nationals April 3rd-5th in New York, NY.

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

 

No. 2 Grayson Will Meet Wheeler In Georgia 7A Finals

The Grayson Rams won their 22nd straight game with an 82-76 victory over McEachern (22-8) in the semifinals to advance to their first-ever state finals in program history.

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Grayson used a 30-point third quarter which featured an 11-0 run powered by Caleb Murphy to break open a close game in which Grayson trailed 29-27 at the half. Grayson had five players in double figures led by Devion Smith with 22. Caleb Murphy scored 9 of his 18 in the third quarter to go with 16 points from Toneari Lane. Josh Smith and Ian Schieffelin each scored 11.

Isreal Palmer led McEachern with 22 while Sharife Cooper score 21 in the final game of his sensational high school career. Cam McDowell tallied 17 and Randy Brady had 12 for McEachern.

The Rams will face Wheeler (23-7) in the 7A championship game Saturday March 7th in Macon, GA. Wheeler defeated Milton 59-47 in the other semifinal getting 19 points from Sam Hines and 11 points from Max Harris. Bruce Thornton had a game-high 28 for Milton. Wheeler has won six state championships in its programs history.

 

 

SPECIAL EDITION Semifinals State Tournament Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 2/27/2020

This is a Special Edition of the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. In Georgia the semifinals/Final Four are set in all eight (8) classifications. The Semifinals/Final Four in each classification will be held Friday February 28th through Saturday February 29th. 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 method. It’s Win or Go Home time now, “one game at a time”.

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

Here is the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for this week as of 2/27/2020. 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- Lithonia (25-4); loss at Cedar Shoals in 5A State Tournament Elite Eight; Season Complete; Tucker (26-4); loss to Tri Cities in 6A State Tournament Elite Eight; Season Complete;

Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(6): Dutchtown (26-4; defeated Columbia), Greenforest (19-9; defeated Pinecrest Academy), Kell (24-4; defeated Buford), Pace Academy (26-4; defeated Monroe Area), Swainsboro (28-2; defeated Rockmart), Therrell (23-7; defeated Washington County); REMOVED (Season Complete): Americus-Sumter (29-1; loss at St. Pius X), Berkmar (18-10; loss at Wheeler), Buford (22-7; loss vs Kell), Langston Hughes (21-9; loss at Lanier), North Gwinnett (18-12; loss vs McEachern), Sandy Creek (25-5; loss at Woodward Academy)

10South Cobb (28-2); defeated Evans in 6A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Lanier in 6A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Fri 4pm)

9- Cedar Shoals (27-3); defeated Lithonia in 5A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Southwest Dekalb in 5A Semifinals at Fort Valley State University (Sat 8pm)

8 Tri-Cities (26-5); defeated Tucker in 6A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Chattahoochee in 6A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Fri 8pm)

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

6- McEachern (23-7); defeated North Gwinnett in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Grayson in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Sat 8pm)

5Wheeler (21-6):defeated Berkmar in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Milton in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Sat 4pm)

4- St. Francis (27-3); defeated Holy Innocents in 1A-Private State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Mt. Pisgah in 1A-Private Semifinals at Georgia College and State University (Fri 4pm)

3Milton (26-4); defeated Newton in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Wheeler in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (Sat 4pm)

2- Woodward Academy (28-2); defeated Sandy Creek in 4A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs Denmark in 4A Semifinals at Fort Valley State University (Fri 4pm)

1- Grayson (29-1); defeated Norcross in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight; vs McEachern in 7A Semifinals at Buford City Arena (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 next weeks spots.

Grayson vs McEachern; Round 2 between these two teams that, despite McEachern being unranked, are very much on the national scene. Grayson won by 26 earlier in the season, snapping McEachern’s 39-game win streak on a neutral floor. McEachern, behind Sharife Cooper, are still the defending champions and have been in some tough fights this season and in the state tournament whereas Grayson? Grayson has just went about it’s business all season and continue to stay the course beating serious contenders to sleep. McEachern gets another shot again on a neutral floor with even more in the building to see it, is Grayson loading up another haymaker for more people to see it?

Wheeler vs Milton; Milton has taken their game to another level with Bruce Thornton bulling his way and his team into the semifinals. Milton’s only Georgia loss is to Grayson so to keep that intact they’ll have to go through Wheeler. Wheeler with all that tradition is back in the semifinals and it’s been because of coaching and defensive effort quite frankly. Both are young but both have basketball players and both have bench bosses that play chess. The Eagles are soaring yet it is high enough to clear the Wildcats that will be reaching high with their claws to bring Milton down to earth?

Tri-Cities and South Cobb return to the Hillsman Heavy Top 10. Tri-Cities has gone 4-0 without their point guard who is eligible to return for the semifinals. Peyton Daniels has been the engine that powers Tri-Cities however in his absence they have found ways to win during tournament time. Daniels return instantly puts Tri-Cities back in the conversation they were in early in the season and at the beginning of the Hillsman Heavy Top 10. Everything is on the line for Tri-Cities, can they get it all to fit at the end of the year? South Cobb seems to have learned from the regular season loss at Sequoyah and now face a Lanier team that has just survived and advanced to the semifinals. South Cobb has seen this type of team before, will they show they have learned?

Grayson Remains at No.2

The Grayson Rams (28-1) are riding a 20-game winning streak into their Georgia GHSA quarterfinals tilt with Norcross (26-3) this week. The Rams remained No. 2 in the latest Max Preps Top 25 high school basketball rankings behind undefeated Montverde Academy (FL) (25-0) for the third straight week.

Grayson will host Norcross Wednesday at 7pm with the winner advancing to the semifinals Saturday in Buford, Ga.

SPECIAL EDITION: State Tournament Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 2/21/2020

This is a Special Edition of the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA. In Georgia the state tournament in all eight (8) classifications enters the Quarterfinals/Elite Eight Tuesday, February 25th through Wednesday, February 26th. The Semifinals/Final Four in each classification will be held Friday February 28th through Saturday February 29th. 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 method. It’s Win or Go Home time now, “one game at a time”.

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 (2/18/2020) #HillsmanHeavyTop10GA was as follows: Out- Dutchtown 10-Lithonia 9-Eagle’s Landing 8-Wheeler 7-McEachern 6-Milton 5-St. Francis 4-Norcross 3-Shiloh 2-Woodward Academy 1-Grayson

Here is the Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA for this week as of 2/18/2020. 9 of the 10 teams that played all won. St. Francis did not play as they had a bye int he first round of the Class 1A-Private bracket (as did Greenforest, an Others To Watch Team). This week also we will track who from the “Others To Watch” group loss and was removed as their season is complete.

Out- Shiloh (24-4); loss Wheeler in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; Season Complete; Eagle’s Landing (25-4); loss to Clarke Central in 2nd Rd of 5A State Tournament earlier this week; Season Complete

Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(13): Americus-Sumter (29-0; Region 1-3A Champ), Berkmar (18-9; Region 7-7A Champ), Buford (22-6; Region 8-5A Champ), Greenforest (18-9; Region 5-1A Private Champ), Kell (23-4; Region 7-5A Runner-Up), Langston Hughes (21-8; Region 5-6A 3rd Seed), North Gwinnett (18-11; Region 6-7A Champ), Pace Academy (25-4; Region 5-3A Champ), Swainsboro (27-2; Region 2-2A Champ), Sandy Creek (25-4; Region 5-4A Champ), South Cobb (27-2; Region 6-6A Champ), Tri-Cities (25-5; Region 5-6A Champ), Therrell (22-7; Region 6-2A Champ); REMOVED: Douglas County (20-10; loss to Evans)

10Cedar Shoals (26-3); defeated Wayne County in 5A State Tournament last week; Vs Lithonia in 5A State Tournament Elite Eight

9- Tucker (26-3); defeated Allatoona in 6A State Tournament this week; Vs Tri Cities in 6A State Tournament Elite Eight

8 Lithonia (25-3); defeated Veterans in 2nd Rd 5A State Tournament this week; At Cedar Shoals in 5A State Tournament Elite Eight

7- McEachern (22-7); defeated South Forsyth in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; At North Gwinnett in 5A State Tournament Elite Eight next week

6-Wheeler (20-6):defeated Shiloh in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; Vs Berkmar in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight next week

5– Milton (25-4); defeated North Cobb in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; Vs Newton in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight

4- St. Francis (26-3); defeated First Presbyterian Day in 2nd Rd of 1A-Private State Tournament this week; Vs Holy Innocents in 1A-Private State Tournament Elite Eight

3Norcross (26-3); defeated Hillgrove in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; At Grayson in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight

2- Woodward Academy (27-2); defeated Madison County in 2nd Rd of 4A State Tournament this week; Vs Sandy Creek in 4A State Tournament Elite Eight next week  

1- Grayson (28-1); defeated Pebblebrook in 2nd Rd of 7A State Tournament this week; Vs Norcross in 7A State Tournament Elite Eight

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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 best games involving Hillsman Heavy Teams that could shake up next weeks spots.

Lithonia At Cedar Shoals; These two have been at the top of the contender talk all season and Cedar Shoals breaks in the Hillsman Heavy for the first time this season. Three years ago a sub-500 Lithonia team lost at Cedar Shoals in the quarterfinals playing on the road all playoffs long. Fast Forward and now playing on the road all playoffs long again Lithonia has to go to Cedar Shoals again. Both teams are all grown up now and the three main stars are set to shine. Eric Gaines, who was a freshman in the last meeting, is all grown up now. Quincy Canty and Tyler Johnson were not on that Cedar Shoals team but they know all about that team and now have to go through Lithonia to get closer to being in the conversation of that team that last defeated Lithonia in this very same round on the very same floor. Who else from either team will be ready in supporting roles with a trip to the semifinals on the line?

Norcross at Grayson; Norcross season ended at Grayson in the second round a year ago and now the Blue Devils return this season in the quarterfinals. Grayson is riding a 20-game winning streak, clicking on all cylinders and Caleb Murphy plays for them now. Norcross is in need of a signature win and this is the moment for it and Caleb Murphy is on the other side. You know the stars (JT Thor, Quincy Ademokoya, Kevon Eskridge, Deivon Smith, Toneari Lane and Ian Schieffelin) on both sides and now they will meet in what may be the most hotly contest quarterfinal in all of the state.

McEachern at North Gwinnett; North Gwinnett is just playing at another level down the stretch of the season and now mighty McEachern comes calling after a slim win in the second round. North Gwinnett will come with the same energy and feed off the energy of the crowd with guard play being highly important against Sharife Cooper, however does McEachern have an answer for Jared Ivey and rising youngster RJ Godfrey?

 

Nationally Ranked Grayson (GA) and Westlake Advance In Georgia

The only two teams from the state of Georgia in the Max Preps Top 25 National high school basketball team hold serve in the latest rankings as they advance in the state tournament.

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On the boys side Grayson (27-1) remains No. 2 after opening the Georgia GHSA 7A state tournament with a dominating 76-41 win over Discovery (GA). The Rams defeated Pebblebrook (GA) (16-14) 67-54 Wednesday night to improve to 28-1 an advance to the Elite Eight. Grayson, winners of 20 straight games, will host Norcross (GA) (26-3) next Wednesday night in the quarterfinals. Norcross was previously ranked for one week earlier this season. Grayson has never won a state title in history or advanced to the state finals.

Westlake

On the girls side Westlake (26-2) remains at No. 21 after a first round win in the Georgia GHSA 7A state tournament over Etowah (GA) 73-31. Westlake improved to 27-2 after advancing to the Elite Eight Wednesday night with a 70-31 win over Archer (GA) (17-11). Westlake, winners of 12 straight games, will host Norcross (GA) (19-9) in the quarterfinals next Tuesday night. Westlake is the two-time defending champion in Georgia’s highest classification. Norcross has won three state titles in school history all since 2010, all in the highest classification.

Grayson (GA) and Westlake (GA) Hold Serve In National Rankings

The only two teams from the state of Georgia in the Max Preps Top 25 National high school basketball team hold serve in the latest rankings as they advance in the state tournament.

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On the boys side Grayson (27-1) remains No. 2 after opening the Georgia GHSA 7A state tournament with a dominating 76-41 win over Discovery (GA). The Rams will host Pebblebrook in the second round and with a victory will host the winner of Norcross/Hillgrove in the quarterfinals. Norcross was previously ranked for one week earlier this season. Grayson has never won a state title in history or advanced to the state finals.

Westlake

On the girls side Westlake (26-2) remains at No. 21 after a first round win in the Georgia GHSA 7A state tournament over Etowah (GA) 73-31. Westlake will face Archer in the second round and with a win would host the winner of Norcross/North Paulding in the quarterfinals. Westlake is the two-time defending champion in Georgia’s highest classification.