The AJC will announce its All-State basketball teams on Sunday.
Anytime you talk about the best players in Georgia, Wilcox County superhero Nick Marshall has to be mentioned.
Everyone knows about the Nick the football player, who won Class A Player of the Year honors while leading Wilcox to the state championship.
However, Nick first made a name for himself in basketball after leading his high school to the 2009 semifinals. He played AAU basketball last summer with the Georgia Blazers out of Columbus, earning his first college scholarship offers — again, in basketball.
What did Nick do this year in basketball? The 6-foot-3 junior guard led Wilcox again to the semifinals, averaging 27.5 points, including a 52-point performance in the playoff opener against Montgomery County.
“I’d say Nick is one of the best I’ve seen in high school basketball, and I’ve been around this business for 38 years,” Wilcox basketball coach George Kennedy said recently. “He just does some stuff that is God-given talent that you don’t see every day.”
UGA is one of several colleges that has offered Marshall in both basketball and football. UGA coach Mark Richt and several assistants had the chance to observe Marshall late in the basketball season.
“What I was told is that (Richt) thinks Nick is really close to being a Charlie Ward-type player,” Wilcox football coach Mark Ledford said recently. “Coach Richt coached Ward at Florida State, and he sees Nick as being the same type of player. Nick is very athletic at quaterback, and also a great basketball player. Of course, Charlie played in the NBA.”
Charlie Ward, a native of Thomasville, was one of the greatest two-sport athletes from Georgia. He won the 1993 Heisman Trophy, and played 11 years in the NBA. Ward currently serves as head football coach at a Texas high school.
Who are the top five two-sport athletes (basketball and football only) in the history of Georgia’s high schools? Is Ward far and away No. 1? Does Marshall crack the top five yet (with one more year left in high school)? Please state your case and post below.
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