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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

 

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?

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?

 

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.

Westlake

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.

Hillsman Heavy Top 10 GA 2/4/2020

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 region tournaments have began this week and will all be concluded by Saturday. The state tournament begins Saturday, February 14th.

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 2/4/2020 and for the first time there is no change. There are some additions to the teams to watch

Out- None

Others To Watch (alphabetical order)(18): Americus-Sumter (25-0), Archer (16-8), Buford (18-6), Brunswick (17-7), Cedar Shoals (23-2), Eagle’s Landing (21-3), Douglas County (17-8), Greenforest (14-9), Grovetown (21-3), Hart County (22-1), Kell (21-4), Langston Hughes (18-7), Pace Academy (21-4), Sandy Creek (21-4), Sequoyah (21-4), South Cobb (22-2), Tri-Cities (20-5), Tucker (21-3)

10- Wheeler (18-6): defeated East Coweta and Pebblebrook last week; Region 2-7A tournament this week

9- Dutchtown (22-3); No Games last week; Region 4-5A tournament this week

8- McEachern (18-7); defeated Kennesaw Mountain and Hillgrove last week; Region 3-7A tournament this week

7- Milton (21-4); defeated West Forsyth and North Forsyth last week; Region 5-7A tournament this week

6- Woodward Academy (23-2); defeated Eastside and Salem last week; defeated Hampton (Monday 2/2/2020), Region 4-4A tournament this week 

5- Lithonia (24-1); defeated Arabia Mountain and Miller Grove this week; Region 5-5A tournament this week

4St. Francis (22-3); defeated Pinecrest Academy and The Walker School last week; Region 6-1APrivate tournament this week

3Shiloh (22-2); defeated Newton and South Gwinnett last week; Region 8-7A tournament this week.

2- Norcross (23-2); defeated Meadowcreek last week; Region 7-7A tournament

1- Grayson (24-1); defeated South Gwinnett and Rockdale County last week; Region 8-7A 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. There is no triangle offense this week.

 

 

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

Out- None

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.

MCDAA

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.