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:
2. South Atlanta
3. Miller Grove
Others: Columbia, McEachern, Milton, Walton, Whitefield Academy
5. SW DeKalb
Others: Carrollton, Marietta, Marist, Fayette County, Norcross
BOYS ALL-STATE “SUGGESTIONS”
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.
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.
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.
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
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