Let the mythical national championship talk begin for Milton and its boatload of major-college prospects

Now that talent-loaded Milton has a state championship on its shelf, let’s ask mastermind coach David Boyd the BIG question:

All 14 Milton players will return for 2009-2010 season (AJC photo)

All 14 Milton players will return for 2010-2011 season (AJC photo)

With all 14 players on the roster returning for next year, including a starting lineup of major-college prospects … Can Milton win a mythical national championship next year?

Boyd talked a little bit about it earlier this season, and it backfired on the team. But it will be an inevitable topic of discussion for next year. Milton will square off against some of the best teams in Georgia and the USA next year.

Will Milton contend for next year's mythical national championship in high school basketball?

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Coach? “I think we will have as good a chance as ever to go for that mythical national title with everybody back,” Boyd said. “We will have the schedule for it, and we will have a team that has reached all its goals the past two years.  We look forward to the challenge, and our players are already working out doing individual work, lifting weights, and starting high level AAU play.”

What do you think? Will Milton contend for the national title next year? State your case and post below.

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W/E

March 31st, 2010
10:45 am

MHS Grad

March 31st, 2010
11:21 am

They’ll have to hit the recruiting trail a little harder than they already have to compete for the mythical national title.

shell answer man

March 31st, 2010
11:23 am

Who knows whether Boyd can actually coach or not? One thing is for certain, he’s the best in the history of the state at recruiting top talent.

STEINER

March 31st, 2010
11:26 am

If the guys who are starting who are not D-1’s don’t get mad when the recruits start coming in and taking their place, I think they have a shot….When the recruiting is over, the 6th and 7th man may be a D-1 recruit…..AND THE GHSA JUST SITS BACK AND SMILES….

RamClub

March 31st, 2010
11:29 am

Is this serious? Absolutely not.

burrrr

March 31st, 2010
11:51 am

lets see they had four losses this year, all four teams were lead by seniors and at 1 point been in the usa todays top 25 except for centennial. highly probable definetly challenging themselves by playing oak hill

W/E

March 31st, 2010
12:07 pm

Wheeler and Norcross have both featured more talented teams at some point in the past 4-5 years and both still lost a few games. Milton will be great, but they “Only” go 4 deep in terms of D1 talent.
The top teams in the nation usually feature 7-8 (@ minimum) D1 players. I doubt they even run through Georgia unscathed.

Milton Backer

March 31st, 2010
12:17 pm

First Milton got ZERO transfers last year ZERO all their players have been at the school since sophomore or earlier they have core of 4 starters that by next season will have played together for 3 years not like the one and dones Wheeler and Norcross have built their programs on its about preparation, teamwork and coaching at that level not who has the best talent

The Deegan

March 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

Boyd was a tool for bringing this up in the middle of the season.

STEINER

March 31st, 2010
12:28 pm

What’s the chances they get ZERO transfers this year???

RamClub

March 31st, 2010
12:39 pm

Milton Backer… you… are… an… idiot.

Michael Carvell

March 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

STEINER: If I was a betting man, I would say there is a zero-percent chance that no one will transfer to Milton before next season. You know kids — there will be someone out there who wants to be along for the ride to compete for a mythical national championship, even if they are a D1 kid who has to come off the bench.

W/E

March 31st, 2010
1:28 pm

Really Milton backer? Ya’ll had transfers last year they just didn’t get any PT. Dont try to put yourself above Wheeler or Norcross. Wheeler actually featured a more “home-grown” team than Milton last year and here’s the other thing, you have one ring- get 5 or even 3 and then you can talk. Until then, enjoy what you have because if I’m betting this is Boyd’s last year. He has aged a lot the last 2 seasons and once the Big 3 are done, I think he’ll hang it up.

Milton Roar's

March 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

Hello…Did one of the top players in the state transfer to Wheeler for his senior year? Yes, he did. Also, Phil Taylor the Wheeler has been in high school since 2005 and they couldn’t even make it to the quarters of the state tourney. Last year Wheeler has two “great” players, both playing as Freshman in the ACC. Milton’s top four could play almost anywhere in the country. I bet Nolte will end up being the best of the four. Dai’jon is physical and tough, but there are alot of 6′4 shooting guards. Shannon Scott(Ohio St) is a solid point, and Julian is getting stronger and carried Milton in the final game. They just finished 17 in nation by rivals, should be a top10 at worst.

Milton Roar's

March 31st, 2010
2:46 pm

Attention….Paul Hewitt. There is really good basketball in Georgia. You get Favors for one year and a overrated Glen Rice. What about all the great kids going everywhere but Tech?

Not From GA

March 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

No GA school should ever be considered for a mythical high school national title. Basketball, football, baseball, etc. There are not enough schools here to provide national-level competition. ie. 8 regions with average of 8 teams….only 60+ schools.

Habersham Dawg

March 31st, 2010
4:01 pm

TO Not From Georgia.

It is apparent that you are not from Georgia, or you would know that there are over 300 high schools in Georgia that field teams each season in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and track. Georgia has five division based upon school population. Also, year-in and year-out, Georgia is in the top five states in the nation that send D-1 recruits to college in football, baseball, abd basketball. Only California, Texas, and Florida send more.

W/E

March 31st, 2010
4:06 pm

Phil has only been in high school since ‘07. He turned 19 in January- the one year delay is because he moved up to NY to live with his mom in middle school and his credits didn’t carry back over when he moved back to East Cobb for 8th grade. He has close to a 3.5 gpa so stop with the mindless vitriol. My point wasn’t that Wheeler has more home-grown players than Milton, but rather just because Milton’s team was assembled in their sophomore years doesn’t make it any better than some of the kids that transfer for their junior and senior years. Also, to counter your argument that Milton’s kids have better offers than Rich and Ari did: Ari had offers at UNC and UCLA until the scholarships were taken by John Henson and Tyler Honeycutt. He had offers to Texas and basically every ACC school save Duke. Rich was being recruited hard by Izzo and Billy D until he decided to go to NC State. N2m an offer at UT. Now last I checked no one from Milton save Shannon had been offered outside of the ACC and SEC. Now the Milton trio (sorry Nolte is not a high-major player despite what Boyd and Carvell want you to believe) all have the talent to go anywhere, but the truth is that team should’ve been more dominant this year because of it’s superior talent to anybody in-state, but they still managed to lose 2 games in region and got a lucky break against Norcross. So take it for what it is. They will win state barring some major moves next year, but they are not a national caliber team.

Tim Shaw

March 31st, 2010
8:08 pm

I wish there was a way the champions at each level could then play a tournament because the AA boy champs – GAC – is probably better than Milton – I give them the edge because Eddie Martin is their coach (Boyd’s brother coaches the girls team at GAC and should have been AA champs as well)…in a GAC vs Milton matchup GAC would win by 10 pts (they were that good)

burrrr

March 31st, 2010
11:54 pm

tim shaw your dumb
and W/E neither rich nor Ari had an offer form unc FACT

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northside

April 1st, 2010
8:09 am

your an idiot dai jon and julian are being heavily recruited by sec and acc school trust me ive seen the thousands of letters

northside

April 1st, 2010
8:09 am

northside

April 1st, 2010
8:19 am

dai-jon parker is a top 10 shooting guard and julian royal is a top 15 PF check scout and rivals. Actually parker is being looked at by UGA, duke and many others in both football and basketball….its kinda sad that when wheeler finally isent the best show in town they start to HATE on every school and player not theirs! so sad

northside

April 1st, 2010
8:21 am

and sorry I mean GAC is good but milton, westlake, wheeler(if they actually game to play) norcross maybe even miller grove and coulumbia would all beat GAC thats a fact

W/E

April 1st, 2010
9:22 am

Ari had an offer from UNC. Go check out Rivals and they have a story about his wacky recruitment, the offer was rescinded when John Henson accepted his offer to UNC.

Coach

April 1st, 2010
11:50 am

National Title???? I don’t think Milton can beat Miller Grove.

Milton Backer

April 1st, 2010
12:25 pm

been there done that

Milton student's dad

April 1st, 2010
6:15 pm

you know how to start a good fight Carville. If Royal develops more intensity and sustained focus, and, if the chemistry jells even more, they can beat the Oak Hills on any given day. W/E, you beat Milton in reg season BECAUSE Nolte was out with a concussion (and you have a helluva home court advantage!). He is that good and only a soph. I have to suspect that anyone who has seen a lot of Nolte this year and still says he is not a high D1 player has some racial bias. I think there are a boat load of seasoned high D1 coaches who see it. If Boyd can somehow kidnap Dai Jon during football season, He could be a real monster next season. He is worth the price of admission alone. I’m living for next bball season the way most georgians are waiting for football season. Gonna be a big party. And, lastly, if you pull for any of the dozen or so top teams in Ga, lay off the recruiting talk. It is old, misguided and hypocritical. The coaches don’t have to recruit. The kids know where they want to play. What should the coaches do? tell the kids and parents who want to transfer that they are not welcome? c’mon. I happen to know that all the Milton kids are good students and good people with good parents. Lay off the kids please. enjoy the game.

northside

April 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

they beat miller grove last year idiot

G-dub

April 2nd, 2010
2:09 pm

Hey Michael, why don’t the ajc sponsor a tourney, The AJC Classic and invite all the state champs from the previous season. You could have it in December

WheelerFan#2

April 2nd, 2010
4:21 pm

because that would make too much sense G-Dub, they dont even cover basketball til liek january 28th, and then its back to football