Westminster basketball is a really BIG deal this year

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Happy 2010 from the AJC's Michael Carvell

Those walking skyscrapers you saw in downtown Atlanta make up the Westminster basketball team.

The small private school has some big boys. Westminster’s roster boasts six players that are 6-foot-5 or higher — the tallest team in the Class AA program’s history, according to coach Daniel Searl.

A few of Westminster's basketball players take a break in the shade behind Atlanta skyscrapers (AJC)

A few of Westminster's basketball players take a break in the shade behind Atlanta skyscrapers (AJC)

The best of the giants is 6-6 swingman Maalik Reynolds, who has signed with Penn for basketball and track. Reynolds, who won the state championship in the high jump, showed off his hops in the Westminster Holiday Classic, won by the home team. Reynolds had a spectacular dunk over a player in the 43-36 win over Baylor (Tenn.) in the finals.

How are the tall boys doing this season? Westminster has a 6-3 record, including four wins in a row. The Wildcats will really find out how good they are over the next week, playing No. 6-ranked Decatur and No. 5 Blessed Trinity.

Is unranked Westminster for real? Which other low-profile teams do you think may surprise some folks this year? State your case below.

7 comments Add your comment

Paul P.

January 5th, 2010
11:36 am

The Paideia School,

Last season the team had 5 players 6′5 or taller and finished 22-8.
This year they have only 3 players 6′5″ or taller, including ncaa division I class of ‘11 prospects Sidki Muwallif 6′9″ and Nigel Snipes 6′6″. They are 8-4 and undefeated against class A teams. Maybe some of those skyscrapers you see are actually closer to downtown than Westminster.

BTW, I don’t know if you can really connect talent and wins to height though. There are some really good short teams and some really bad tall teams. :-)

pembrook burrows III

January 5th, 2010
6:06 pm

Sequoyah
10-3 with losses to 2 AAAAA schools and #13 Memphis ECS

AL M.

January 6th, 2010
11:20 am

I attended the Westminster Holiday Classic semi-final and final games and unequivocally the semi-final game between Westminster and Pace Academy was more entertaining. Although Pace Academy (9-4) lost 57-51, Pace guards Josh Swan (6’2”), Alex Davis (6’0”) and Kevin McCall (5’11”) gave Westminster all types of trouble. A couple of questionable calls could have easily resulted in Pace Academy winning the game. I seriously doubt that anyone in the building would question that the best leaper and most athletic player in the game was Josh Swan of Pace Academy. Pace has only lost 4 games this season (two to 4A’s and two to 2A’s). Therefore, you may want to take a look at Pace Academy.

A FAN

January 6th, 2010
11:42 am

I HAVE BEING HEARING ABOUT JOHNATHON McCRARY OF CEDAR GROVE HS, I WENT TO SEE HIM AGAINST DRUID HILLS IN A BASKETBALL GAME AND HE WAS ALL THAT AND MORE!THIS 9TH GRADER IS THE BEST I HAVE SEEN! ASK THE COACH FROM DRUID HILLS!

AL M. (part 2)

January 6th, 2010
11:51 am

For the record, earlier this year Paideia lost to Westminster by 15 points; In addition, Paideia lost to Woodward Academy during the Westminster Holiday Classic. Pace Academy defeated Woodward Academy 76-67 during the Westminster Holiday Classic. Therefore, Paul P. (above) and the AJC may not want to place too much emphasis on height. :)

Wayne Walden

January 9th, 2010
4:22 am

ATT:MICHAEL CARVELL, OR COACH DANIEL SEARL, MY NAME IS: WAYNE WALDEN……
I HAVE AS SON BY THE NAME OF:”TITUS A. WALDEN”…HE IS A 6′5 195lb SENIOR WHO
PRESENTLY ATTENDS “CERRITOS HIGH SCHOOL” IN CERRITOS,CA. ” TITUS”IS NOT ONLY
A “TEAM-CAPTAIN” AND “STARTER” FOR THE “CERRITOS-DONS-HIGH SCHOOL BOYS-VARSITY-BASKETBALL TEAM WHO NORMALLY AVERAGES BETWEEN 12 & 18PTS. PER GAME,BUT THIS 6′5 “DEDICATED-BALLER” WOULD LIKE MORE INFO. ON THE (AJC-BASKET-
-BALL-PROGRAM THERE IN YOUR AREA AND ALSO A CHANCE FOR AN “INTERVIEW”….SO-
“PLEASE-E-MAIL-US-BACK AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVIENCE,OR CALL US AT:(626)967-3342-
(310)989-0537OR(562)508-2875-INORDER THAT WE MAY LEARN MORE ABOUT (AJCS-PRO-GRAM……….THANK-YOU FOR “ALL” YOUR “CO-OPERATION ON THIS MANOR………WAYNE WALDEN & TITUS WALDEN

Tevin Antwan

February 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Josh Swan Region Player Of The Year .