Forget rankings (we’ve got them, though): It’s region tournament time

Not much to talk about with the rankings due to all of the postponements, although the NW Whitfield girls are No. 1 in AAAA.

Most interesting are three pretty good boys games in metro Atlanta tonight –

- Wheeler vs. Walton
- Campbell vs. Milton
- Tucker vs. Miller Grove.

These are regular-season games in regions where seeding matters. Milton is looking at a do-or-die quarterfinal later this week in the Region 6-AAAAA tournament against Walton or Campbell. That could be tough.

In Tucker’s region, not sure if it matters where you’re seeded. Just look for a pretty good team to be left out of the state tournament.

It seems unfair that schools as good as Tucker and Walton, teams that could make the final four, are struggling to qualify for state when many lesser teams have it made in easy regions. But I think Tucker and Walton and better off in the long run. I remember watching Tucker upset No. 2 Hillgrove last year. The teams playing the toughest schedules are going to be ready next week.

In other news, Wheeler’s Jelan Kendrick has been named to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.

Kendrick, who has signed with Memphis, is the 31st Georgia high school boys player to be selected for the game. He’s also the third from Wheeler. I’ve got a list of them below.

Note that 18 of them have made it to the NBA, and there are four still in college (Al-Farouq Amini, Derrick Favors, Gani Lawal and Chris Singleton). So that’s 18 of 26 who’ve made it to the NBA who’ve finished college ball. Nice odds.

*Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Wheeler 1995 (Cal-Berkeley)
Al-Farouq Aminu, Norcross 2008 (Wake Forest)
James Banks, Smith 1980 (Georgia)
Korvotney Barber, Manchester 2005 (Auburn)
*Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy 2001 (NBA)
*Javaris Crittenton, SWAC 2006 (Georgia Tech)
*Pervis Ellison, Savannah 1985 (Louisville)
Terry Fair, Southwest Macon 1979 (Georgia)
Derrick Favors, South Atlanta 2009 (Georgia Tech)
*James Forrest, Southside (Georgia Tech)
*Dion Glover, Cedar Grove (Georgia Tech)
*Darrin Hancock, Griffin 1990 (Kansas)
Donald Hartry, Baldwin 1982 (Georgia)
*Donnell Harvey, Randolph-Clay 1999 (Florida)
*JJ Hickson, Wheeler 2007 (NC State)
*Dwight Howard, SWAC 2004 (NBA)
Melvin “Hollywood” Howard, Decatur 1983 (Georgia/Georgia State)
Cedric Jenkins, Terrell County 1984 (Kentucky)
Gani Lawal, 2007 Norcross (Georgia Tech)
Eric Manuel, SW Macon 1987 (Oklahoma City)
*Randolph Morris, Landmark Christian 2004 (Kentucky)
*Brian Oliver, Wills 1986 (Georgia Tech)
Chris Singleton, Dunwoody 2008 (Florida State)
*Elmore Spencer, Washington 1987 (UNLV)
Carlos Strong, Cedar Shoals 1992 (Georgia)
*Kenny Walker, Crawford County 1982 (Kentucky)
*Louis Williams, South Gwinnett 2005 (NBA)
*Dontonio Wingfield, Westover 1993 (Cincinnati)
*Al Wood, Jones County 1977 (North Carolina)
*Sharone Wright, SW Macon 1991 (Clemson)

This week’s rankings …

BOYS

Class AAAAA

1. Westlake (23-2)
2. Centennial (18-6)
3. Milton (20-4)
4. Wheeler (20-4)
5. Norcross (22-2)
6. Meadowcreek (20-4)
7. McEachern (20-4)
8. Central Gwinnett (22-2)
9. Groves (22-1)
10. Newton (23-1)

Class AAAA

1. Rockdale County (24-1)
2. Miller Grove (18-6)
3. Richmond Academy (23-1)
4. Fayette County (20-4)
5. Chamblee (17-6)
6. Bainbridge (20-4)
7. North Clayton (23-2)
8. Glynn Academy (20-3)
9. Lithia Springs (20-4)
10. Hillgrove (20-4)

Class AAA

1. Columbia (20-5)
2. LaGrange (25-0)
3. Monroe (22-1)
4. Elbert County (22-2)
5. South Atlanta (22-2)
6. Liberty County (24-1)
7. Dunwoody (17-4)
8. Washington County (19-4)
9. Hart County (20-4)
10. North Hall (20-3)

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian (23-1)
2. Northeast-Macon (23-1)
3. Laney (23-2)
4. Decatur (19-3)
5. Dade County (22-2)
6. Thomasville (18-4)
7. Dublin (18-5)
8. Jefferson (18-6)
9. McIntosh County Academy (17-6)
10. Central-Macon (17-5)

Class A

1. Wilkinson County (24-0)
2. Whitefield Academy (21-3)
3. Wesleyan (19-4)
4. Wilcox County (21-2)
5. Lanier County (22-3)
6. Terrell County (18-5)
7. Greenville (18-5)
8. Gordon Lee (18-5)
9. Paideia (17-6)
10. Montgomery County (18-7)

GIRLS

Class AAAAA

1. Redan (23-0)
2. Parkview (24-0)
3. Norcross (21-3)
4. Mill Creek (20-4)
5. Westlake (18-3)
6. Bradwell Institute (23-1)
7. North Cobb (21-3)
8. McEachern (20-4)
9. Campbell (18-5)
10. Mundy’s Mill (21-4)

Class AAAA

1. Northwest Whitfield (23-2)
2. Southwest DeKalb (19-4)
3. Rome (24-1)
4. Mays (17-4)
5. Fayette County (21-4)
6. Bainbridge (23-2)
7. Clarke Central (17-4)
8. Hephzibah (22-3)
9. Salem (22-3)
10. Westside-Macon (21-4)

Class AAA

1. Kendrick (25-0)
2. Columbia (18-3)
3. Carver-Atlanta (20-4)
4. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (19-5)
5. Washington County (21-2)
6. Westover (21-3)
7. Chestatee (19-4)
8. East Hall (18-5)
9. Pickens (19-5)
10. Jackson-Atlanta (17-6)

Class AA

1. Vidalia (24-0)
2. Greater Atlanta Christian (19-4)
3. Buford (22-2)
4. Northeast-Macon (21-2)
5. Laney (21-2)
6. Fannin County (18-3)
7. Dodge County (21-3)
8. Thomasville (20-3)
9. North Oconee (20-3)
10. Rabun County (20-1)

Class A

1. Wesleyan (20-4)
2. Randolph-Clay (21-3)
3. Calvary Day (24-1)
4. Taylor County (24-1)
5. Paideia (21-2)
6. Gordon Lee (22-1)
7. Southwest Atlanta Christian (15-5)
8. Emanuel County Institute (18-0)
9. Warren County (20-4)
10. Holy Innocents’ (22-3)

29 comments Add your comment

Devil Lover

February 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Hey Todd. I am signing off from your ranking blog…I find it to be totally irrelevant to what is actually going on into Ga’s 5A class basketball. It is the most subjective and irrelevant poll ranking for the 5A teams in the country. Here are the top five 5A teams with the national objective rankings of the teams they lost to: Westlake-9, 2,730; Centennial-47, 49, 173, 226, 449, 1241; Milton-26, 33, 143; Wheeler-105,122, 478, 648; Norcross-47, 795

Eagle 1

February 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

Todd…well said forget about rankings lets get it on. Rankings are out the door!!!
What good are ranking if you dont make it out of the Region!

Dylan

February 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

NORTHWEST WHITFIELD FINALLY WHERE THEY BELONG… #1!!!!! Region tournament begins Tuesday. Will most likely have to go through either Dalton or Hillgrove and then Rome in the final. Should be fun!! GO LADY BRUINS!!!!

Milton fan

February 15th, 2010
12:01 am

nice job this year Todd. I’m glad I finally found the forum to follow GA HS bball. The print AJC sure doesn’t cut it. It been fun following Milton in person, and the others on here. My observations: Centennial and Wheeler are peaking at the tight time. Milton bettter find its december peak again or it will be a tragic implosion by a very good team. Coach Boyd needs to find a way to get inspired play from Royal. The knock on him last year was he tended to disappear. I attributed that to Sophomore immaturity. That lack of fire is glaring in the past couple weeks. He is so gifted he should never be outplayed. Also, if you want to see point guard talent on a national scale, there is an abundence in region 6. I haven’t seen Harrow yet, but Scott (Milton) and the Cenennial dude are phenomenal. Looking forward to the regions ans state. Gonna warm up by travelling to Campbell tonight to see if Milton can rediscover its swagger.

waltonfan40

February 15th, 2010
1:17 am

Milton fan…..

You’re right, Region 6 is absolutely loaded in the point guard spot, but you definitely shouldn’t leave out Phil Taylor of Wheeler. He is outstanding. And Garrett Brown at Pope is also very talented. Campbell’s point guard, Matthew Cotton, is only a sophomore and he is also very good. Also, the region is loaded beyond just the point. It’s too bad it’s getting broken up next year with reclassification and realignment. Oh, and the Centennial dude you mentioned is Devonta White, a future Georgia State Panther.

S. Thomas Coleman

February 15th, 2010
2:07 am

Once again it’s on, hoop fans!

Thanks to those who have been sending me notes and nuggets. Keep ‘em coming to sthomascoleman2010@yahoo.com for possible publication on ajc.com and on the Friday high schools page of the Sports section. See you in the playoffs (region and state)!

S. Thomas Coleman

Fin

February 15th, 2010
4:53 am

So…anyone have any idea when the makeup region games are going to be played

gomdawg

February 15th, 2010
5:37 am

Bainbridge Bearcats Boys and Girls “GOOD LUCK” . Look out state here we COME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roosevelt

February 15th, 2010
8:56 am

Good Ranking of high schools.

Todd Holcomb

February 15th, 2010
9:30 am

“anyone have any idea when the makeup region games are going to be played”

Which ones? In most all cases, they will be played Monday (today). In cases where two games were missed, one is canceled. Games that have no bearing on seedings that can’t be made up tonight won’t be played.

Devil Lover: Sit down. You can’t leave the classroom without permission. After the region tournament, we’ll do the last rankings before the year-end rankings. They’ll be impeccable. You’ll see.

Todd Holcomb

February 15th, 2010
9:34 am

One other thing …

I find it interesting that there are so many schools this season with a legitimate chance of winning both boys and girls titles. It’s happened only nine times in history. Here’s a story I did for MaxPreps w/ the eight most likely to do it this year. Devil Lover will like it:

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/rcMPeRf5Ed-UswAcxJTdpg/georgia–eight-schools-that-can-sweep-boys,-girls-titles-in-basketball.htm

Or if you don’t want to read it, here’s the list –

Columbia, Fayette County, GAC, Laney, Norcross, Northeast Macon, Wesleyan, Westlake.

I think GAC and Columbia have the best shot. I’d say Norcross except that in Class AAAAA, it’s very hard to win one or the other, especially both. No school has swept the big class in 50 years.

Region 6

February 15th, 2010
9:55 am

Does Norcross potentially have the toughest road to the Final 4? Although, they do have a tremendous homecourt advantage in the first 2 rounds and officials seem to favor them at home.

Round 1 – vs Region 6 – 4 seed (could be Walton, Campbell, or maybe even Wheeler, Centennial)

Round 2 – vs Region 8 – 2 seed (likely Meadowcreek or Central Gwinnett)

Round 3 – vs Region 6 – 1 seed – (Milton, Wheeler, or Centennial) that’s a tough first 3 games of state just to get to the final 4. Either way, they have to go through 2 Region 6 teams.

CineSage

February 15th, 2010
10:12 am

What happened to the editors at the AJC? This entire article, print and Internet, doesn’t mention the sport. In fact, until I read the words McDonald’s All-American, I didn’t know if it was basketball or swimming.

Todd Holcomb

February 15th, 2010
10:48 am

Norcross does have the toughest road, except for perhaps Walton or Campbell, which might need to beat Milton to reach the state tournament.

btw, the Region 6-AAAAA tournament will begin Wednesday, and the finals won’t be until Monday. That’s due to weather postponements.

Devil Lover

February 15th, 2010
1:23 pm

HERE IS MY LAST COMMENT.

TODD, EXCELLENT MAXPREP ARTICLE. HOWEVER, WHAT YOU DIDN’T MEANTION WAS THAT OF THE EIGHT (8) TEAMS WHO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN A DOUBLE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR IN GA, THREE (3) OF THOSE TEAMS ARE FROM NORCROSS, GA- NORCROSS HIGH SCHOOL NO 1 5A, GREATER ATLANTA CHRISTIAN NO 1 2A AND WESLEYAN NO 4 1A PER GASPORTS.

Milton fan

February 15th, 2010
4:08 pm

Thanks, Waltonfan40, for filling in some info. Going to Cambel game tonight. Can,t wait for tournament. Good luck to your Raiders.

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

February 15th, 2010
9:11 pm

Todd: I’ve noticed that you’ve got the win-loss records in this week’s rankings which is a considerable improvement from previous postings. Congratulations on the progress.

Milton fan

February 16th, 2010
1:28 pm

Sure would like to see some brackets for Region (specially region 6 a&b) Any chance of that Todd?

Walton7

February 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

Todd, Do you have brackets, schedule for regions both boys and girls? Good luck to all. Thanks.

Milton fan

February 16th, 2010
10:47 pm

Milton fan

February 16th, 2010
10:49 pm

hah, never mind…last year’s bracket. geeze, if this were HS football playoffs, it would be on billboards all over town.

HJ

February 17th, 2010
12:00 pm

Todd, I need info on when and where the region 6 tournament will be. Please post.

HJ

February 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

Milton fan, any luck with finding out the info. Did you guys loose to Campbell? How?

Realist

February 17th, 2010
1:43 pm

It’s amazing how difficult it is to find a bracket or even a schedule of the region 6 tournament.

Herb Joens

February 17th, 2010
5:59 pm

Hey, i’ve seen on the Wheeler website that there are games on Thursday, but I also saw on AJC that the Walton/Milton game is on Friday. Does anyone know which day?

Herb Joens

February 17th, 2010
6:00 pm

Todd, step up here and show that the AJC is THE place to find the info. Please post all the brackects, dates and times.

FAYCO TIGER FAN

February 18th, 2010
1:12 am

todd i like the article you posted on the chances for a team to sweep boys and girls. and although maybe this year it wont happen for the fayette boys, watch out next tear. this team is lead by juniors, and has a bright future in sophomore players. Adam Smith, if you haven’t heard of him then you will. averaging 25.7 points a game and has such a smooth shot from outside the arc and can see the whole court and know his surroundings very well. But he is followed by Larry Erves and Maurice Williams in the 2011 class. Two players who find ways to help the tigers pull it out. But if sophomore 6′8 Anachebe keeps up his imporvement from last year he will be a force in 2011. Good luck to all teams, but more importantly GO TIGERS

Region 6AAAAA Fan

February 19th, 2010
9:09 am

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Savannah912

February 20th, 2010
2:13 pm

Groves Rebels is going to win it all this year. South Georgia school always get over look. We let the record speak for it self 24-1, 16-0 should be #1 in AAAAA. Savannah schools always make the final in basketball so it look a South Georgia team win basketball title just like we won football this year (Camden County).