It’s yet another season of high school basketball in Georgia, and yet another top crop of basketball players have transferred to other schools.
How do you feel about this issue? Do you think the GHSA should address it in any way? If so, what would you do if you were in charge of the GHSA?
Here’s a great story about the issue in the AJC by Todd Holcomb …
Like it or not, the trend of transfers — high-profile players going from one school to another in the off-season — is not slowing in Georgia high school basketball.
There never has been a boys champion in Class AAAAA, which started in 2001, that didn’t have at least one transfer student-athlete in its starting lineup. Now, more girls players are on the move. Defending Class AAAAA champion Norcross has four move-in players who already are making a big difference.
Here are several high-profile transfers — boys and girls — around metro Atlanta who are changing the fortunes of their schools this season:
* Lexie Brown, North Gwinnett girls: Brown averaged 14 points for Dr. Phillips of Orlando, the Class AAAAAA semifinal team last year in Florida. A 5-foot-9 sophomore, she is the daughter of former NBA player Dee Brown.
* Shannon Cranshaw, Greater Atlanta Christian girls: Cranshaw, a sophomore, already has committed to Georgia. She came to GAC from Father Lopez High in Ormond Beach, Fla., where she was the county player of the year as a freshman, scoring 20 points per game.
* Kaela Davis, Buford girls: The most prominent girls transfer, Davis averaged 14 points as a freshman on Norcross’ state championship team last season. She left for Buford to be with AAU teammate Andraya Carter. Both are committed to Tennessee.
* Qiydar Davis, South Gwinnett boys: The Comets are 10-3 and ranked No. 4 in AAAAA. One big reason is this 6-5 junior wing, a high scorer who came from Blessed Trinity.
* Karl Cochran, Walton boys: Wheeler High in Marietta is a magnet for basketball transfers, but Cochran went the other way — from Wheeler to neighboring Walton. He’s a playmaker who has committed to Wofford.
* Dearica Hamby, Norcross girls: A Wake Forest signee, Hamby is among four key transfers to Norcross. The others are 6-1 Jasmine Kemp and 6-2 Patrice Butler from Stephenson and 5-8 Tori Carter from Southwest Atlanta Christian. Also joining the team was Butler’s freshman sister, 6-3 Sierra Butler.
* Brittany Hawkins, Redan girls: The 5-6 point guard averaged 15 per game last season for Towers. Now she’s at Redan, the 2009 AAAAA champion and 2010 runner-up.
* Cole Hobbs, Greater Atlanta Christian boys: Hobbs and Milton’s Evan Nolte probably were the best sophomores in north Fulton last season when Hobbs was at Johns Creek. The 6-5 Hobbs has joined AA champion GAC.
* Shaquille Johnson, Milton boys: The defending AAAAA champs returned all five starters, so Johnson — a 6-5 junior known for his leaping and dunking skills — is a luxurious sixth man. He has several mid-major offers, plus one from Auburn. He came from Salem in Rockdale County.
* Al Key, Columbia boys: Key, a 6-4 wing player, had been a three-year starter at Lakeside. He leads Class AAA’s No. 1 team with averages of 11.4 points, 6.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds.
* Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, Norcross boys: Nelson-Ododa, who has signed with Richmond, is perhaps the best of three key move-ins for Norcross, which won Class AAAAA in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Nelson-Ododa came from Winder-Barrow. Norcross also picked up 6-7 forward Ron Booker from Hoover in Alabama and a 6-2 guard, Derrick Herbert, the leading scorer last season from Arlington Christian of the Georgia Independent School Association.
* Jordan Price, Southwest DeKalb boys: Price played his freshman season at Columbia, then went to McCallie of Chattanooga for a year, where he was Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball in Division II-AA. He’s back in DeKalb County at Southwest DeKalb, where he is averaging 21 points and six rebounds.
* Nigel Snipes, Wheeler boys: Snipes is a 6-5 small forward and outstanding perimeter shooter who has committed to Western Kentucky. He’s one of three new players for No. 2 Wheeler of Class AAAAA that include his former Paideia teammate Kharon Butcher and former McIntosh star Chris Longoria.
How do you feel about this issue? Do you think the GHSA should address it in any way? If so, what would you do if you were in charge of the GHSA? Please post your comments below.