Georgia flexes its muscles in elite holiday basketball tournaments

Miller Grove High’s Tony Parker was named Tournament MVP while helping the Wolverines win the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Parker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in a 79-58 win over New York’s Boys & Girls School in Friday’s finals.

Earlier in the basketball tournament, Parker set the single-game record with 27 rebounds. The junior has more than 50 scholarship offers, including Duke, along with Georgia Tech and Georgia. “It was another great step for our program,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said of his 12-0 squad, the two-time defending Class AAAA champions.

Meanwhile, Columbia High’s Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored 24 points while helping the team win the Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tenn. The 5-foot-8 point sophomore point guard was the only player to score in double figures for Columbia, which defeated Germany’s Urspring 52-36 in the championship game.

“That was a big-time tournament and one of our biggest accomplishments over the holidays in several years,” Columbia coach Phil McCrary said.

Columbia is 9-1, with its only loss being at the buzzer to archrival Miller Grove.

QUESTION: What other metro teams impressed you over the holidays?

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16 comments Add your comment


January 2nd, 2011
10:01 pm

Nice to hear that the metro Atlanta area kids are representing so well. Oh yeah, am I you know what??


January 2nd, 2011
10:02 pm

I guess I was you know what…..primero!

Atlanta Hoops Fan

January 2nd, 2011
10:33 pm

I remember earlier this year prior to the MGHS – Milton game folks were commenting on who’s the best pointguard in the state….and the consensus was that S. Scott of Milton was far superior to T. Marshall of Miller Grove and any other pointguard in the state. Well I’ve had a chance to see them play on several occassion…and honestly, the more I watch T. Marshall of Miller Grove, the more I’m impressed. He is THE MOST underated PG in the state of GA. He can do it all and has consistently done it all year against the some of the best…..without Marshall, Miller Grove would not have one a single game at the Beach Ball Classic….period…and may not not be a top 25 team…..the bigs get the glory, but this kid runs the show, defends, rebounds, leads the team in assist and steals and is the perfect fit for their system….and from what I hear has not recieved ANY scholarship offers yet….wow I think he’s a solid Mid/Low Major candidate… college scout guys are missing out on a good…..

Basketball Fan

January 2nd, 2011
10:59 pm

I’ve seen lots of basketball so far and S. Scott is definitely the best point guard, if not player in the state. T. Marshall might be underrated, be he doesn’t hold a candle to Scott.

Michael Carvell

January 3rd, 2011
12:01 am

Fayette County’s Adam Smith is the best PG I’ve seen in Georgia — in years. Just my humble opinion.

Dale Willard

January 3rd, 2011
12:39 am

Greater Atlanta Christian also did well in the Beach Ball Classic. They finished with a 3-1 record and their only loss was to Boys and Girls by 1 point. The referees absolutely chocked on their whistles in the final seconds and GAC should have advanced. Their was even an article in the paper about the officiating the day after. Either way, GAC beat North Myrtle Beach, Lutheran out of California, and Rice out of New York. Great tournament for those kids. Wheeler also went 3-1 but lost in the first round to Rice.

Milton fan

January 3rd, 2011
11:27 am

ahem, um, Milton beat, no thumped, Winter Park with the consensus best player in the country in the showcase tournament at Centenniel new year’s eve. C’mon Carv, I come on here and give you love for your improved coverage and then you ignore a tournament like this? Everyone who was there was treated to some unbelievable talent on several teams. The Milton game was as advertised with Dai Jon Parker frustrating Austin Rivers in the 1st half with smothering defense (and putting on a pretty good offensive display of his own), only to have Rivers EXPLODE in the 3rd quarter to change the momentum and put a scare in Milton. I don’t think I have ever seen a high school guard take over a game against a great team like this before. Winter Park scored 21 points in the quarter and I’m not sure if anyone besides Rivers scored. Anyway, Milton’s swarming defense closed the deal in the 4th quarter and pulled away comfortably. I questioned whether Austin Rivers was really “all that”. No more. I can’t wait to see him at Duke.

Also, there was a 7′4″ 355 player for Huntington (WV) Prep. They played Oak Ridge in a game with several D1 players on the floor. 50% of the game was played above the rim.

So, there you go, Carv. My dispatch from Centenniel HS. Over and Out.


January 3rd, 2011
12:52 pm

Yeah, Austin did put quite a scare in Milton. The kid plays good offensively, but plays absolutely no defense. The Parker kid made him look average to start plus he finally came alive on the offensive end himself. Shannon Scott is the real deal and i think he is college ready as of now. The best player this showcase had to offer was the Caldwell kid from Greenville. Out of all the so-called stars, he’s the only one I seen play with intensity on both ends. It was my first time seeing him play and he stole me over. This kid will be in the league(NBA) by 2013.


January 3rd, 2011
1:49 pm

Carv..why do you keep saying Adam Smith is the best point guard youve seen in a while. Have you lived in a hole for the past 5-10 years. The kid is good, not great. Good shooter, not a great passer and is not very dominant on the floor. He shoots off the dribble, and takes almost all of his teams shots. No where close to best i the state..maybe not even top 10


January 3rd, 2011
2:35 pm

Speaking of Adam Smith and Fayette County they did pretty good in a tourny up in Lexington, Kentucky. The Republic Bank Classic tournament. Fayette finished 3rd after winning the consolation game. Fayette lost to Ballard H.S. out of Louisville who is undafeated and won the tourny. Fayette played Warren Central who was pre season #6 in Kentucky (In KY there is no A to AAAAA or anything in B’ball. It is every team for one state title) and won by more than 30 pts. Fayette also beat Lousiville Central, Henry Clay from Lexington and Bowling Green H.S. I know Henry Clay, and Bowling Green were ranked teams in KY along with the Ballard who beat Fayette. Even though Fayette came in 3rd still a strong showing in place where life revolves around basketball.


January 3rd, 2011
2:40 pm

@SpartaMan…. Have you lived in a hole? Adam Smith is not even in the top 10 PG’s in the state?

SERIOUSLY man lay off the drugs! Adam Smith is one of he best players in the state and easly a top 3 PG in GA.


January 3rd, 2011
3:26 pm

I would take Shannon Scott over him…id take Marshall(Miller Grove) over him…id take Cotton (Campbell) over him…Cochran(Walton over him…i can go on and on…He benefits from inferior competition.


January 3rd, 2011
3:42 pm

@thoroughbred adam smith isnt a pg even on the team roster he is listed as a SG.

Milton fan

January 4th, 2011
7:11 pm

I’ll pick Shannon Scott to start my team and spot you the field. I’d take my chances putting 4 guys from the mall food court around him if I had to. (oh, and can I have Dai Jon too??)

ATL Metro Fan

January 6th, 2011
9:31 am

SpartaMan, have you ever seen Adam Smith play ? Adam Smith plays PG & SG for Fayette County. If there is a better Guard (PG or SG) in Georgia I haven’t seen him…..and I’ve seen them all.

Real Talk

January 6th, 2011
3:14 pm

@ Milton Fan

Good game by Milton, but I seen at least 5 fouls on Rivers that were not called in that 1st half. We will see hwo your team holds up in the tournament.