Georgia high school all-state basketball: Derrick Favors, then who else makes YOUR team?

Would South Atlanta's Derrick Favors make your team? (Jason Getz / AJC)

Would South Atlanta's Derrick Favors make your team? (Jason Getz / AJC)

Two questions for the gallery:

What’s your all-class Top 10, and what’s your all-state team in each class?

The Georgia Sports Writers Association is collecting nominations for the basketball all-state teams this week. The AJC also will be selecting a team to be published later this month.

I’m going to throw five names in each class to generate some discussion. I haven’t talked to many coaches or others in the media yet, so these are debate-starters, not something that I’m ready to stake my reputation on. What reputation, you ask? Good question.

Here’s a look at the Class AAA boys state champion South Atlanta Hornets – and Georgia Tech commit Derrick Favors – taking the Region 4-AAA title. Check out these highlights.

VIDEO: South Atlanta captures the Region 4-AAA basketball title (2009)

Now, let’s rank the teams:

BOYS

1. Wheeler

2. South Atlanta

3. Miller Grove

4. Norcross

5. Centennial

Others: Columbia, McEachern, Milton, Walton, Whitefield Academy

GIRLS

1. Redan

2. Parkview

3. Buford

4. Wesleyan

5. SW DeKalb

Others: Carrollton, Marietta, Marist, Fayette County, Norcross

BOYS ALL-STATE “SUGGESTIONS”

Class AAAAA

G Lorenzo Brown, Centennial

G Ryan Harrow, Walton

F Richard Howell, Wheeler

F Ari Stewart, Wheeler

F Julian Royal, Milton

Others: Trae Golden, McEachern; Glen Rice, Walton; Russell Powell, Newnan (Could’ve listed another dozen. Class AAAAA is deep.)

Note: I had Redan’s Kenny Hall on the list but pulled him because I haven’t seen him play. I’d love to hear first-hand accounts of him.

Class AAAA

G Mfon Udofia, Miller Grove

G J.J. Mann, Marist

F Noel Johnson, Fayette County

G Stephen Hill, Miller Grove

F Manny Atkins, Tucker

Others: Aloys Cabel, Mays; Dee Goens, Marist; LaMichael Fanning, Harris County; Alex Dean, Lithia Springs.

Class AAA

G Andre Malone, South Atlanta

G DeMario Mayfield, Franklin County

F Derrick Favors, South Atlanta

F Jerome Hamilton, Worth County

C Torin Walker, Northside-Columbus

Others: Jordan McRae, Liberty County; JerShon Cobb, Columbia; Greg Green, Westover

Note: I concede that I haven’t seen these guys outside metro Atlanta. Just going on a few things I read and on recruiting chatter.

Class AA

G Rashard Smith, Dublin

G Ryan LeGates, Blessed Trinity

G Dontavious Lee, Crawford County

F Trent Wiederman, GAC

F Marvel Harris, NE Macon

Others: Chris Smith, Dublin; Arris Brundidge, Blessed Trinity

Class A

G Brandon Reed, Whitefield Academy

G Ternell Davis, Turner County;

F Jamail Jones, Greenforest Christian

F Kammeon Holsey, Hancock Central

F Cameron Baskerville, Whitefield Academy

Others:  Tray Pearce, Turner County; Brit Duncan, Wilkinson County; Jeremy Burgess, Athens Academy

57 comments Add your comment

gagator96

March 17th, 2009
4:20 pm

You have add Phil Taylor from Wheeler to the list. He’s only a junior but could be the next Chris Paul.

bruin47

March 17th, 2009
8:53 pm

Not many people have heard of Tanner Reno from Northwest Whitfield but he is one heck of a guard. He broke the school record for three pointers this year. I think he hit around 85 or so. Averaged around 18 points a game. Just a suggestion.

And if you publish a girls team, Quaneisha McCurty(Northwest Whitfield) is a no brainer for all-state.

Kush

March 17th, 2009
9:00 pm

First off, Dublin would beat every team in your top ten with maybe the exception of Wheeler and that’s no guarantee. Rashard Smith, Chris Smith and Sherrard Brantley are the best back court in high school basketball. Jacksonville State could only beat them by 14 points over the summer. How many high school teams can say that? NONE!!!!

the boy...

March 17th, 2009
9:15 pm

Dublin would not beat everyone in the top ten, they lost to collins hill buddy! Miller Grove, Centenial and S. Atlanta would smash them! who on dublin would stop favors?? Miller Grove’s backcourt is better than dublin’s as well. Udofia is only the state’s best PG and #5 in the country. you really can’t be serious. I hate when the small schools beat up on nobody’s now they are great. just be happy with your title and be glad that you didn’t have to face Miller Grove.

Johnny Williams

March 17th, 2009
10:17 pm

Jerome Wooten (Junior) Jones Coumty High School
88 3’s for the season
21.1 PPG
2.4 APG
One of the best shooters in GA

Ernest

March 17th, 2009
10:20 pm

Todd, I wondered when you would move to the Wordpress format for the blog. Looks great! Too bad we can’t move some of that history over because there have been GREAT comments over the years in there.

As with the last blog, don’t forget to add the ladies!

Bee Shabazz

March 18th, 2009
2:37 am

There’s only one team in this state ranked nationally SOUTH ATLANTA! Matter of fact there’s only one team ranked in the south-SOUTH ATLANTA! Mr. Holcomb you work for the AJC and the hornets of S. ATL. are the only team that really represents the city of ATLANTA. Can we please get the props for being the best at HOME that we get nationally. We are the best deal with suburbanites.

guru

March 18th, 2009
7:37 am

Kenny Hall is the real deal, if you don’t recognized now, you will next year when he is starting for Tennessee. Jordan Price for Columbia is the best freshman in the Nation and should be on the list for top players in AAA.

Matt

March 18th, 2009
8:39 am

Phil Taylor the next Chris Paul, now I’ve heard it all. Mfon would absolutely dominate Phil. Last time I checked Phil was 5′9, not sure Chris Paul is 5′9. Thanks for the laugh though.

TheSmartOne...

March 18th, 2009
9:47 am

Ummmm… http://prepnation.com/poll/poll.cfm?poll=2&year=2008&week=17. According to prepnation.com, I don’t see anyone ranked from the State of Georgia, but Wheeler. They’re #9 in the Nation, and #1 in the Southeast. They play the toughest schedule, by far, than ANYONE in the State. I don’t want to hear about how schools from smaller/lower classifications could or would beat them… it just wouldn’t happen!

big b ball fan

March 18th, 2009
11:56 am

Travis Techo from North is one of the best in the state. Recognize.

tholcomb2988

March 18th, 2009
12:08 pm

Here’s the re-post of some of the top girls in each class:

**Class AAAAA**

G Monique Willis, Beach (South Carolina)

F Lauren Coleman, Parkview, Jr.

F Tamika Willis, Westlake (Georgia)

F Telia McCall, Marietta (Virginia)

F Kyra Crosby, McEachern (West Virginia)

Others:

G Nicolle Thomas, Colquitt County (Auburn)

G Khaalidah Miller, Douglass, Jr.

G Olivia Trowers-Solis, Mill Creek, Sr.

G Khalilah Watson, Beach (UAB)

F Nia Evans, Redan, Jr.

F Tiffany Clarke, Norcross (Vandy)

**Class AAAA**

G Tessah Holt, Fayette County (Florida)

G Morgan Toles, Sandy Creek (Auburn)

G Tesia Davis, Marist, Sr.

F Kayla Lewis, SW DeKalb, Jr.

C Courtney Freeman, Madison County, Sr.

Others:

G Alexis Burke, Bainbridge, Jr.

F LaKenya Drayton, Hephzibah, Sr.

F Anma Onyeuku, Fayette County, Jr.

Quaneisha McCurty, Northwest Whitfield

**Class AAA**

G Ashley Harris, Franklin County, Sr.

G Karisma Boykin, Carrollton, Sr.

G Elan Brown, Woodward Academy (Vandy)

G Kayla Weaver, Lakeview-FO, Sr.

F Pascale West, Troup (Auburn)

Others:

F Benedria Colbert, Mary Persons, Sr.

F Teshia Griswold, Baldwin, Sr.

F Kendra Grant, Rutland, Sr.

**Class AA**

F Blanche Alverson, Buford (Auburn)

F Porschia Hadley, Macon County (Virginia Tech)

F Janaye Jasper, Model, Jr.

G Jocelyn Danley, Buford (Valdosta State)

G Chaney Means, GAC, Jr.

Others:

G Brianna Eubanks, Laney, Sr.

C Taylor Ayers, Laney, Sr.

**Class A**

G Chantel Kennedy, Wesleyan (Colorado State)

G Erin Hall, Wesleyan, Jr.

F Anne Marie Armstrong, Wesleyan (Georgia)

F Katherine Dotson, Savannah Country Day, Sr.

C Mariah Chandler, SACA (Baylor)

Others:

F Katie Covington, Calvary Day, Sr.

F Destiny Mitchell, Randolph-Clay, Jr.

Ernest

March 18th, 2009
12:30 pm

Way to get the ladies in there Todd! BTW, do you have any idea when they will begin discussion Coach of the Year? I’ll throw my AAAA girls vote for Kathleen Richey-Walton of SW DeKalb again. Most thought this would be a rebuilding year for her. She had two ‘ugly’ losses to Marist this season (a VERY good team). Somehow they kept it together and ended up defeating the nationally ranked and undefeated Fayette County team (which defeated Marist). Props to her and the fine program she runs….

Sports Guy

March 18th, 2009
1:32 pm

Todd, the Dade County guard tandem of Andrew Houts and Travis Core is as good as it gets
at the AA level. Both are underclassmen but deserve some consideration when all-state teams
are put together. Houts a jr. might be the best pure shooter period with unlimited range and one of quickest shots in the state and has the numbers (26 ppg 4stls) to back it up. Core, a soph., may have a liitle better all around game, scoring in the mid teens, 8 apg and 5 stls. What make these guys special is that they play every play like it’s their last…

Tee

March 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

You guys still refuse to Carrollton’s girls the credit they deserve. You put a girl in your All State convo from Rutland who was outshined badly by Janyce Ealey from Carrollton. Ealey had 33pts in the semi-final head-to-head matchup with Grant. You didn’t pick them for the Final Four and you still find ways to disrespect. Go ahead, keeping looking like an idiot.

DirtyVille

March 18th, 2009
3:48 pm

Ryan Harrow is a lot better than phil taylor he averaged nearly 28 ppg i think he is dirty and dominated wheeler.

John

March 19th, 2009
6:40 am

Manny Atkins…Tucker High School…The best pure shooter in the state of Georgia. He led his team to the Class 4A championship game.

North Georgia

March 19th, 2009
12:29 pm

Todd,

Did you know that they play basketball north of the Perimeter??
Beleive it or not, their is good quality basketball played in North Georgia in many classifications! Class A has more teams in it than Wesleyan and they are home grown products. You need to put Nikki Winn from Towns County on the All-State Team, she mad it last year as a Junior and was even better this year as a Senior. She scored 1870 career points for the All-Time Scoring Leader at Towns. Here are some of her stats and accomplishments:

Nikki has the All-Time Scoring Record at Towns County with 1,870 points for her career.

Career Record: 88-29

2009 Stats:
Gms 32
PPG 18.0
Pts High 30
Shooting % .49
3 Pts Made 85
3 Pt % .45
Assists PG 5.5
Reb PG 4.5
Reb High 8
Steals PG 5.5
Gms 117

Career Pts High 37
Other awards:
2009 Region 8A Player of the Year
2009 Battle of the States All Tournament Team
Led Towns County Lady Indians to 2009 Elite Eight
Towns County High School Womens Basketball All-Time Leading Scorer (1870pts)
2008 Region 8A Player of the Year
2008 Atlanta Journal Constitution 1st Team
2008 Georgia Sportswriters 1st Team
2008 Battle of the State Christmas Tournament All Tournament Team
Led Towns County Lady Indians to 2008 Class A Final Four
Scored her 1000th career point as a Junior and also set school individual scoring record in same game (37 points)

Nikki is a very deserving young lady and should be considered and placed on this team.

MountainMama

March 19th, 2009
12:38 pm

I second the nomination for Nikki Winn! The girl can play basketball! I’d like to see ANY guard…in any classification…try to beat her in one-on-one. Nikki has got moves that guys only wish they could make! I’ll miss watching Nikki play high school ball…but am looking forward to watching her college career!

big b ball fan

March 20th, 2009
3:58 pm

No doubt, North Gwinnett Basketball rules!!!

Toni

March 20th, 2009
10:23 pm

Dont sleep on Kenny Hall…he just needs to pick up some weight. He runs the floor good for a guy his size and has a nice outside shot!

J LeGates

March 21st, 2009
3:37 pm

Ryan LeGates led his team to the State Title game averaging 23 points per game over the 5 game state tourney while at the same time leading his team in assists. Previously had led his team in region semi scoring 20 points(11 in 4th Qtr to lead comeback and 50-49 win against Decatur)to get BT to region championship where he scored 20 points in a loss to GAC.

Kwan34

March 25th, 2009
5:30 pm

If Lakeside, Dekalb can beat Miller Grove by 11 points, and have more rebounds than a team that averages the height of 6′6, and Lakeside’s tallest player being only 6′5 doesn’t that tell you something

Kwan34

March 25th, 2009
5:32 pm

Bee Shabazz …..I mean really South Atlanta is good without a doubt, but you can’t forget about Wheeler, Norcross, and Centennial also being Nationally ranked…..You need to do a little more research

Kwan34

March 25th, 2009
5:36 pm

Jacksonville state!!
Wow!
Dublin has 2 Div.I prospects..
Wheeler probably has 6 or 7. Miller grovon the other hand has a handful.Im pretty sure it isn’t how it seems. Fublin definably has a great team, that should be ranked a little higher, and needs some national exposure, but don’t get lost, they aren’t known for always having the best program you also have to look at that!

Basketball Fan

March 25th, 2009
10:19 pm

I agree with the Nomination of Nikki Winn from Towns County. She is a deserving, solid player. She is absolutely one of the best all-around players I have ever watched (and I have spent many years in a gymnasium). I’m sure her stats could match and surpass many that are being considered for this nomination. She’s a great player and deserves the nomination.

bee shabazz

March 26th, 2009
3:47 am

kwan34-Just read USA TODAY thats all the research you need to do it’s in every state, Wal-Mart, QuikTrip,7-11, etc.They have a NATIONAL TOP 25 HIGH SCHOOL B-BALL POLL. They also have a regional top ten poll.SOUTH ATLANTA is ranked 13th nationally and #2 in the south. LISTEN! The TALENTSNATCHERS of Wheeler and Norcross are not ranked in either poll. THE SOUTH ATLANTA HORNETS are the only team in the state of GEORGIA ranked in either poll. KWAN, Centennial? Check their 1st game of the season they were down by 40, can you say MERCY RULE! S.ATL emptied the bench 2 of the cheerleaders even got minutes. ZONE 3 CITY BOYZ!

Lady Indians

March 26th, 2009
8:11 am

Somebody needs to look at the scoreboard here!

Nikki has the All-Time Scoring Record at Towns County with 1,870 points for her career.

Career Record: 88-29

2009 Stats:
Gms 32
PPG 18.0
Pts High 30
Shooting % .49
3 Pts Made 85
3 Pt % .45
Assists PG 5.5
Reb PG 4.5
Reb High 8
Steals PG 5.5
Gms 117

Career Pts High 37
Other awards:
2009 Region 8A Player of the Year
2009 Battle of the States All Tournament Team
Led Towns County Lady Indians to 2009 Elite Eight
Towns County High School Womens Basketball All-Time Leading Scorer (1870pts)
2008 Region 8A Player of the Year
2008 Atlanta Journal Constitution 1st Team
2008 Georgia Sportswriters 1st Team
2008 Battle of the State Christmas Tournament All Tournament Team
Led Towns County Lady Indians to 2008 Class A Final Four
Scored her 1000th career point as a Junior and also set school individual scoring record in same game (37 points)

Tell me this girl is not a Team player and solid as a rock.Hey what more does it take look at the scoreboard!Look at the Stats!One of the best players you will ever see on the court and her abilty to read the court is amazing!I will really miss seeing her play but I am sure I will see her play the same way in college! Go Nikki!

I personally think she should be nominated!

Betty Hall

March 26th, 2009
8:39 am

Look at the scoring, look at the stats, look at legit 1A schools where there is no recruiting…hands down NIKKI WINN of Towns County is so deserving…..

Nikki Fan

March 26th, 2009
8:48 am

I totally agree with the nomination of Nikki Winn from Towns County as All-State team player. She has had an amazing career at TCHS. Her stats are proof of what an outstanding all around basketball player she is. Nikki deserves to be on the All-State team. I look forward to following her on the college level!

Lady Indians Reba G.

March 26th, 2009
9:30 am

I feel as though my post this morning at 8:11 AM wasn’t enough! There are just a few more thing that you should know about NIKKI.I think she will do really great playing in college and would be a wonderful coach! I mentioned earlier she is team player and cares about her team mates as she has done her entire basketsball career with the Towns County Lady Indians.Please look at the stats and her record and this hould speak highly of Nikki!

Deanie Hurst

March 26th, 2009
9:38 pm

I am really disappointed that Nickki Winn did not make the All State Team Player as a lot of other fans are also. She has always given all she had to this sport, and it was proven on the court, she is a team player, very deserving of this honor, which she should have gotten. I guess the Mountain schools just doesn’t get the recognition they deserve. Nikki can give any player a run for their money when it comes to basketball.

rickwilson

August 10th, 2009
9:19 pm

I know it’s football season but could someone confirm that Khaalidah Miller is the highest ranked player in the state and the only national ranked player in Georgia in the top 10 in her position (SG,6th in the nation).Who is this kid and what is the criteria for Miss. Georgia Basketball? Who picks Miss Ga. Basketball ?

MR LAS VEGAS

September 25th, 2009
3:23 pm

Who is KHAALIDAH MILLER why isnt she considered miss GA basketball already , we ve been hearing about her way out here in vegas,and ESPN. I guess the south havent change that much .GET HER DORM READY MYA MOORE LOOK S LIKE GEORGIA `s GOING TO BLOW ANOTHER PHEANOM. GO U CONN.

Ms. Lakeside-Dekalb

January 4th, 2010
9:34 pm

Your comments are great however during your ranking last year for 4A. One of our guards Sheldon Strickland was one of the top point guards in the region however he was not mentioned amoung the first team nor the honorable mentioned in AJC. He made 1st Team 4A-Region, averaged 20.3 points per game, quick as lightening but not even mentioned. Ranked as the #4 player in Dekalb for 2008-2009 school year. He actually lead his team in defeating “The State Champions” last year and we all know who that team was, Miller Grove Middle School. In that game the kid had 9 assists.
I guess the basketball association knew better they actually awarded him 1 st team all state along with Udofia. By the way Lakeside should be ranked higher than #7. My opinion . Go Vikings.

danni

June 14th, 2012
1:59 am

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