Basketball: Milton High now has S-I-X players, yes count ‘em 6 … with major-college scholarship offers

Milton High will have one of the talented-loaded basketball rosters the state of Georgia has ever seen this year.

The Eagles have six players who are holding major-college scholarships after rising junior Shaquille Johnson was offered by Auburn. The 6-foot-4 junior guard is a transfer from Rockdale’s Salem High and has a ridiculous 38-inch vertical jump. He is known for his rip-roaring dunks and made headlines earlier this summer for breaking a rim on a Tomahawk dunk at an AAU tournament.

“Yes, it was exciting to get my first offer,” Johnson said. “Auburn is a great school, and I like them. I’m going to keep working hard and hopefully earn some more.”

Johnson’s next offer could come from Clemson at camp later this month.

Milton PG Shannon Scott (Photo by AJC's Michael Carvell)

Milton PG Shannon Scott (Photo by AJC's Michael Carvell)

The Milton All-Stars already have a lineup that has college coaches drooling, with four senior prospects — point guard Shannon Scott (committed to Ohio State), shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker (multiple offers, including Georgia Tech and UGA), power forward Julian Royal (Georgia Tech, Alabama, UGA and Wake Forest), and guard Jordan Loyd (Gardner-Webb and Furman). This week, 6-8 junior swingman Evan Nolte — considered to be one the nation’s best outside shooters — added Iowa to his list of more than a dozen offers, which includes Georgia Tech and UGA.

Also, Minnesota coach Tubby Smith revealed this week that he is taking a serious look at Loyd after observing summer ball.

Milton is the defending state champion in Georgia’s largest classification and considered one of the top contenders for this year’s mythical national championship.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Has there ever been a Georgia basketball team this stacked??? If so, please list the team and players below.

Note: Milton’s Scott and Parker, along with Greenville High shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell (committed to UGA), combined together to lead USA South to the championship of the Nike World Games on Monday.

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Douglas

August 11th, 2010
5:43 am

The Southwest Macon Team which had Terry Fair and Jeff Malone (I think that is his name) — didn’t they go undefeated? I heard during warmups they looked like the Harlem Globetrotters.

Walt Ray

August 11th, 2010
6:50 am

This Milton team should be considered for top national rankings. If the team chemistry is there they will be unstoppable.

Chris

August 11th, 2010
6:59 am

I thought transferring in high school required a student to sit out a year? What is the story here or am I misunderstanding the rules. This is all starting to sound a bit fishy. How did all of a sudden all this basketball talent show up enrolling @ Milton. I used to live in the Miton area and most of these kids were not living in this area before the coach came to Milton!!! Just a thought

Trevor

August 11th, 2010
7:16 am

Douglas, as a grad. of SW-Macon, I can tell you we won many games because of the warmup routine. It was something to see.

light

August 11th, 2010
7:26 am

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mike

August 11th, 2010
7:28 am

Per Chris I guess the accusations start now because of what you don’t know. Is there a regulation that controls who moves into the Milton school district. I always thought that if you could afford it, you can move where the parents decide. Am I wrong?

liz

August 11th, 2010
7:41 am

Per Chris and Mike, it’s simple. The coach recruits players and the money at Milton helps the prospect rent a home in the Milton district. Milton is well known in basketball circles for recruiting. They have a girl on their girls team who was expelled from her Cobb County school and the district for theft. Milton scooped her up quick. They have two boys that “moved” from Marietta High School. None of these people could ever in a million years afford any property in the Milton district.

Richard Alpert

August 11th, 2010
7:57 am

Wheeler in ‘95 had Shareef Abdur Raheem (CAL) Russ Wheeler (VaTech) DA Layne (UGA) Antoine Dixon (FSU) That was one of the best teams I’ve ever seen

Are there any other teams?

August 11th, 2010
8:05 am

Reading article after article from the same reporter on Milton, its sorta sad. Come on guy, report on something else.

Rudy

August 11th, 2010
8:05 am

The 79 Southwest team had Terry Fair, Jeff Malone, Micheal Hunt, Bobby Jones and Hook McCarthy as starters. Nobody on Miltons team could handle Fair or Malone. Micheal Hunt could guard S. Scott, J. Malone could guard D. Parker and T. Fair would kill J. Royal. Bobby Jones-1980 grad, went to and starred at Western Kentucky. Fair led Ga to the Final Four, Malone was a NBA Allstar many years and Hunt had a stellar career at Furman after turning down the other MAJOR offers. And do not forget who coached them, DON “DUCK” RICHARDSON. One of if not the best high school basketball coaches in GA history. This team also had several juniors and sophmores that would go on to earn college scholarships. I have seen Milton play 4 or 5 times and they could not handle that SW 79 squad. It was a well oiled machine. I still have the newspaper insert that told the story of the 79 team from the Macon Telegraph. Brings back grat memories every time it’s brought up over 30 years later.

Uncle Milton

August 11th, 2010
8:06 am

To liz & others – believe it or not, there is inexpensive housing in Milton to buy or rent. I know, I live in some. I don’t know if the coach recruits actively, or if kids seek him and his program out because of their success – my guess is it is the latter. But to suggest that the only way these kids get to Milton is to have someone pay for their housing is quite revealing of your lack of cranial fortitude. Gotta love anonymous blogs – people can say the dumbest stuff without any accountability!

do_wat

August 11th, 2010
8:11 am

Remember Caleb King? 3 high schools in 4 years. Easy to do when you can get a section 8 house. You knew this was going to happen when ESPN started adding high school sports to their programming.

Chris

August 11th, 2010
8:14 am

The point of my comment was is there a rule about transferring in high school or not? I admit that I don’t know so please clarify if there is and what it is. It just seemed strange to me that sort of out of the blue a Basketball program that was less than stellar almost overnight becomes a national powerhouse! If the coach is that good then the Milton folks should be proud to have him. Just clairfy the rules so everyone understands them is all I was asking!

Tech82

August 11th, 2010
8:37 am

Chris, the rule you’re referring to applies to the NCAA. In high school, if the parents move to a residence located within the school district, the kid is eligible right away. Keep in mind we are talking about extracurricular activities offered by a high school. There would be no grounds for excluding a student who was attending the school legitimately because his parents moved into the district. Does recruiting take place? Absolutely. But, I would bet that many more parents choose to move into a certain district in order for their child to receive what they perceive to be better coaching.

the truth

August 11th, 2010
8:40 am

Roswell High School 1997 State Champs

Scott Pohlman – Auburn
Abe Smith – Auburn
Jermaine Phillips – UGA, now starting strong safety for tampa bay bucs
Frank Schaefer – West Point
Brad Westbrook – Presbyterian
Dustin Watts – Presbyterian

And they took down Ezra Williams (former UGA star) in the championship when Marietta was a powerhouse.

Clarification

August 11th, 2010
8:44 am

The rule states as long as there is proof the child lives in the district, the child can play immediately. I have been part of basketball in GA for 6 years and this is more of a case where kids go where the successful coach is at. The kids want to win and get into colleges. The coaches with the most success have the most college contacts. I know recruiting goes on and the rule that Chris is talking about is in many states but not in GA.

K

August 11th, 2010
9:02 am

Scott, Parker , Royal and Nolte played AAU together before they all came to Milton. That story was in the paper 2 years ago. The coach is a good coach and players want to play for him. He may may have lucked up with getting a group this good, but its like that some time. Remember, its not what you know , but what you can prove. Good luck to all of them!

Dion STANDFORD

August 11th, 2010
9:14 am

Douglass High School season of 87-88

marcus

August 11th, 2010
9:17 am

I am amazed that when black kids moves into a pretty good neighborhood, his parents can’t afford it. We know nothing about these kids parents.

GStateBen

August 11th, 2010
9:17 am

The 1997-98 Westlake boy’s squad was loaded (and beat my alma mater in the Region Playoffs). They went undefeated the following year and won the state title in 1999.

Center – Senior David Jacobs (Georgia Football)
PF – Junior Keyaron Fox (Georgia Tech football)
SF – Junior AJ Moye (Indiana)
SG – Junior Alexis McMillan (Stetson)
PG – Junior Kerry Willis (Georgia Southern)

Off the Bench:
Junior Sean Jones (Georgia Football)
Freshman Adam “Pac-Man” Jones (West Virginia Football)

Douglas

August 11th, 2010
9:19 am

Trevor and Rudy: I went to Cedar Shoals High School when they played SW Macon — they killed us in the playoffs — matter of fact, nobody even came close to beating them. Weren’t they eventually named national champions? Also, I noticed Norm Nixon, a future pro also played for them from ‘79 to ‘83.

liz

August 11th, 2010
9:37 am

Inexpensive is relative uncle milton. I’ve been involved in basketball around here for several years and it’s a well known yet unspoken fact that Norcross, Wheeler and Milton are the biggest offenders when it comes to recruiting. Recruiting is against GHSA rules. It’s easy to be a “good” coach when you have a team of Michael Jordan’s playing for you. Do some homework and check out the rosters and where players played previously. It might open your eyes to your ignorance.

Tee

August 11th, 2010
9:47 am

Mississippi High School ball is the best ever! Murrah High in Jackson.

The University of Georgia Tech

August 11th, 2010
9:52 am

things like this is what is wrong with the sports talk media. they are high school kids. the last team the ajc named possible best team ever Marietta lost in the final four….too much pressure….instead of covering high schools cover lower d1 and d2 teams in their spot and put pressure on these teams to win and succeed not on high school kids and math teachers

G-dub

August 11th, 2010
9:54 am

Please, how all of a sudden all this D-1 talent has moved to the Milton district. Wheeler, Norcross, Milton I guarantee you that there is not 1 decent ball player that actually live in those communities.

MILTON*FAN

August 11th, 2010
10:10 am

Actually, G-dub, Nolte and Royal have played in the Milton district for many years. They came up through the Milton feeder program.

Buzziswiser

August 11th, 2010
10:18 am

Sylvan-Atlanta 1961 – Upset winner in 1960 and brought everybody back in ‘61 to repeat as state champs. Lee Defore (Auburn).Tommy Roberts

Dawggie

August 11th, 2010
10:51 am

How about the Norcross team? I know I can’t remember them all but it had

Jodie Meeks (Kentucky, NBA?)
Gani Lawal (GT NBA)
Mohammad Massaquai (Wake Forrest LOTTERY Pick)

There were more, somebody help me. And yes I know I screwed up spelling their names, wasn’t exactly like it was John, Tim and Bob.

That Norcross team has got to be the best team from Georgia ever.

B

August 11th, 2010
10:56 am

Honorable mention to the Lou Williams (NBA), Mike Mercer (UGA / USF), and Avery Jukes (Butler) led South Gwinnett teams from 5-6 years back. That little PG signed with Georgia St. too (Delano Howard). I think Brandon Sims went JUCO as well. Pretty stacked team. Would have been fun to see a SWAC (Dwight Howard and Javaris Crittendon) vs. SG game (perimeter oriented vs. post oriented).

B

August 11th, 2010
10:57 am

Think you meant Al-Farouq Aminu. MoMass was a UGA WR.

Southside High School Observor

August 11th, 2010
11:05 am

About Southwest Macon: Douglas, this was one of Don Richardson’s best teams. Fair, Malone, and a kid whom I recall signed with Furman (Michael Snow?). Terry Fair signed with UGA and Jeff Malone with Mississippi State. Duck’s (Richardson’s nickname)1971-72 team was a very loaded team also (Norm Nixon of the L. A. Lakers fame, Miles Patrick of Auburn, Lewis Linder of Kentucky State, and Jones at point guard of Western Kentucky) but was upset in the Region 1-AAA (highest classification at the time) tournament by a talented Jordan Vocational High School team out of Columbus. This team had James King (signed by Gene Bartow of Memphis which had just finished 2nd in nation to UCLA), Michael Edwards, Ike Mitchell, Truck Mitchell (who had played for a Carver High team the previous year which had won the State title), and a kid named Hollowell. Jordan is the same school which defeated North Hall High for the State title two or three years ago.

Southside High School Observer

August 11th, 2010
11:11 am

Rudy: Thanks for the info about Southwest Macon. I read your post after I just posted. Yes, the kid was Michael “Hunt” who went to Furman. (I said “Snow” with a question mark because it didn’t sound right.) This Southwest Macon team was ranked Number One in the nation. Duck Richardson had a strong, strong team nearly every year, and I talked to his daughter once, and she confirmed that the Jordan defeat of Southwest Macon in 1972 still irked him. That 1971-72 team with Norm Nixon was loaded.

Mr CVS Jr

August 11th, 2010
11:37 am

The 1989 – 92 Westover H.S. teams. Dontonio Wingfield(Cincinatti Univ), Antonio Smith(New Orleans Univ), Greg Anderson(Mississippi St), Shaun Sheffield(Univ of Tenn), Andre Lewis(Western Kentucky), Reginald Tinch(UGA), Leroy Davis(Auburn), Derrick Pace(Mercer)and also end of the bench players who would later start Lavor Postell(St. Johns Univ) and Ashley Kelly(Ga. Tech). The 89-90 team beat the Matt Harping led St. Pius X team,and the 90-91 went on to beat the James Forrest led Southside H.S. team.

Kenn Littlefield

August 11th, 2010
11:54 am

Come see high powered Milton HS matched up vs national power Melrose HS-Memphis TN (Saturday Jan 1) at Hoops In Overdrive Shoot-Out (Centennial HS)

K.Littlefield

August 11th, 2010
11:57 am

Also, Friday Dec 31- Norcross HS vs Melrose HS (Memphis,TN) Hoops In Overdrive Shoot-Out (Centennial HS)

bruce mac

August 11th, 2010
12:14 pm

Choo Choo, get on board the Fox Train before it leaves the station. NCAA here we come, now and forever under CMF.

Know what is going on

August 11th, 2010
12:18 pm

David Boyd is a cheater and a chicken. He cheats by recruiting and is chicken to coach his own talent, so he recruits and stocks his teams with other schools players. His ego is the size of Texas and he thinks he is the guru of coaching. He needs to be a college coach but there again he is chicken because then everybody he is competing with would be recruiting and be on the same playing field and that would not be good for the great David Boyd .He is only fooling himself because anyone in the HS loop knows he is a cheater and chicken.

Albany Native

August 11th, 2010
12:35 pm

Mr CVS Jr ,

You hit the nail dead on the head. I was in Albany during the reign of the Westover Patriots. Anyone that remembers know they brought the state championships to Albany from Atlanta for that reason. I don’t think the state will ever see the kinda dominance Westover put on during the early 90s and the caliber of players the late Coah Willie Boston had their.

David Granger

August 11th, 2010
12:54 pm

Rudy, re: your post of 8:05

I saw Southwest Macon play somebody that year…maybe Baldwin County?…and Southwest had a player who was only about 5′6″, but he was out-dunking everybody. He didn’t play much in the actual game…just a few mop-up minutes at the end of quarters…but his vertical leap must have been the best on the team. You remember who that could have been?

Longtime basketball observer

August 11th, 2010
1:03 pm

I think Westover won 4 straight state titles. Dontonio Wingfield was one of the most gifted basketball talents to ever come out of Georgia. For awhile, Albany was by far the best basketball city for its size in the nation. Besides Westover, Dougherty was really good, and the Melvin Drake Albany teams a state power.

I still will go with the 1979 SW Macon team as the best I have seen in this state. Norm Nixon was mentioned as an earlier SW Macon player. Walter Daniels played there and was another quality player.

Jim

August 11th, 2010
1:20 pm

It’s well known that most of Milton players come from the southside of Atlanta. I’ve heard the parents complain at the state finals about the “kids from SW Atlanta are stealing my childs playing time”.

That Guy

August 11th, 2010
1:29 pm

Anybody remember the Hickory Huskers, led by Jimmy Chitwood. They were pretty good back during the 51-52 season.

DNice

August 11th, 2010
1:32 pm

Dont forget the SW Macon team that had Sharone Wright (Sixers), Ivano Newbill (Hawks), Chris Robinson (Vancouver), Reggie manuel (UNLV), and also the PG played for Indiana State. There were other college kids but I dont recall them all but how many high school teams can say they had a 6 11 center and power forward to go along with a 6 7 small forward and a 6 4 shooting guard.

Miltonite

August 11th, 2010
1:38 pm

Oh please get over it everyone talks about Milton and recruiting so here’s a quiz:
How many of the key players on Milton’s team will have been at Milton for 3 or more years by the time they graduate???

Answer all but 1 player in the top 8 will have been there for less than 3 years Milton had ZERO new kids last year that played at all and has never had a one year player like Norcross, Wheeler, Centennial

Miltonite

August 11th, 2010
1:55 pm

Make that all but 1 will have been at milton for 3 years or MORE

tr

August 11th, 2010
2:33 pm

Southwest in those days were unreal. The SW team of Malone, Fair and company wee if fact 57-3 in 3 years. When they all were sophs they lost to Macon NE at the buzzer, lost 2 in their jr years, and were untouched their sr year, playing a national schedule. The Macon coliseum held about 10,000. The doors for the championship game were closed at 5:30. Game time was 8:00. I coached in middle Ga at the time, and met Coach Richardson. He was class. His kids were disciplined and prepared for life, opponent, and college. I think he won 5 state titles. terry Fair’s STANDING VERTICAL AS A JUNIOR WAS 41″.

The year before those guys came to SW, they won the title with no one over 6-1. They outscored ther semi-final opponent something like 50-10 in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The end of the warmup-timed to happen just as the horn blew to go to the bench- was Globetrotter like. As players were splitting the post at the foul line, the post spun the ball, rolled it down his extended arms, and kicked the ball with his heel into the hands of the last cutter.

The best ever in Ga. Period.

Craig

August 11th, 2010
2:36 pm

‘94 Dunwoody team was pretty loaded – starting line-up was G Ray Harrison (UGA), C Nick Patrick (Richmond), G Atiba Prater (Vanderbilt), F Evans Davis (Ga State), and G EJ Jacobs (who had offers from everyone including Kentucky but never got in school). They beat the vaunted Wheeler team with DA Layne and Shareef in the 4A Finals and went undefeated. I’ve never seen a team dominate good teams like they did.

Topper667

August 11th, 2010
3:09 pm

What about those Bob Rhinehart (sp) Decatur teams of the early to mid 80’s, I think it was 1983? I remember them playing at Milton for the region finals againt St. Pius and just dominating. St. Pius had a big kid that I think went to play for Denny Crumb at Louisville

derrick

August 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

The best player in GA is still north of the city 6.6 PG at etowah high school

Trevor

August 11th, 2010
3:37 pm

Douglas, my freshman year at UGA, ‘77, my SW-Macon team came to Athens to play Cedar Shoals. There was two cars loaded with people from Uga that came with me to the game. I remember before the game Cedar Shoals was really getting the crowd into the game while SW-Macon went throught their pre-game stretching. With about 4 mins til game time, “Duck” Coach Richardson, stood up and motioned to the team by spining his finger in the air. They formed three lines and put on a show the Harlem Globetrotters would have been proud of. Guards dribbiling and passing the ball with their feet, Orlando Lee dunking with his left and right hand together- what a show. All of the players and coaches from Cedar Shoals was watching the show. In fact, the ball they were warming up with rolled off the court. Game Over before it Started!