New rankings: Hillgrove, South Atlanta move to No. 1 … Miller Grove’s national title hopes fade … How can you rank Norcross?

Lots to talk about this week …

Miller Grove’s chances for a national title probably slipped away Saturday at Norcross, where Wolverines lost 70-63 to Dr. Krop of Miami.

Miller Grove (16-1) was ranked between No. 2 and No. 4 in four national polls entering the game. Dr. Krop’s star player, Kansas State-bound Angel Rodriguez, scored 16 points and had seven steals, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post’s game story. Miller Grove was only 2-for-9 at the foul line.

MG still could finish in the top 10 or top 5 of the national rankings. It’s been a great season. Dr. Krop is a nationally known program as well, and was ranked No. 24 by ESPN.

Georgia teams did have some nice wins over the weekend otherwise.

In Morgantown, W.Va., Columbia’s boys went 2-0, beating Jamesville-Dweitt 55-40 and Thomas Jefferson 71-57. Both opponents were from new York.

Jamesville-Dewitt’s top player was DuJuan Coleman is rated the No. 2 center among juniors by one recruiting service, but Columbia’s Jamal Reid was game MVP. He scored 16. Against Jefferson, Columbia’s Algie Key scored 19.

Also in Morgantown, South Atlanta beat Christ the King of New York 68-67 on a shot at the buzzer by Rashuad Bell. Nick Jacobs scored 29 for SA. South Atlanta is the new No. 1 team in AA this week despite losing to former No. 1 GAC earlier in the season.

Meanwhile, GAC (13-5) lost to Sagemont, Fla., 75-66 on Saturday at Norcross. Malcolm Brogdon scored 42. Brogdon, a Virginia commit, has been averaging about 34-35 points per game the past couple of weeks against some very good teams.

Nice win by Norcross’ girls over Hoover , Ala., 49-44 on Saturday at Starr’s Mill. Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields scored 15 apiece. Norcross and Hoover won their states’ championships in 2010 in the highest classifications.

However, Norcross fell to No. 2 in the AAAAA rankings this week because of its loss to North Gwinnett on Tuesday. North Gwinnett is on a 9-game winning streak and is emerging as a real contender as well in AAAAA.

The new No. 1 is undefeated Hillgrove. The Lady Hawks will have a chance to prove their worthiness this week as they are playing at No. 5 Campbell on Tuesday, at home against No. 3 North Cobb on Friday and at Region 4-AAAAA contender McEachern on Saturday.

And finally, we reneged on our statement from last week that we’d boot Norcross’ boys from the rankings for their 8-9 record. But Norcross has lost to six ranked Georgia teams and three out-of-state teams. All those unranked teams with better records have lost to unranked teams, including Walton, which slipped vs. Pope on Saturday. I know that Norcross is having its problems, but who else is worthy to be ranked in AAAAA? It’s slim-pickins, IMO. I’m pretty confident that if there were a coaches poll of ”Who do you not want to play in the first round of the state playoffs” that Norcross would do pretty well.

BOYS

Class AAAAA
1. Milton
2. Wheeler
3. South Gwinnett
4. Peachtree Ridge
5. Collins Hill
6. Campbell
7. North Gwinnett
8. Newton
9. Jenkins
10. Norcross

Class AAAA
1. Miller Grove
2. Sequoyah
3. Lovejoy
4. Fayette County
5. Bainbridge
6. Rockdale County
7. Chattahoochee
8. Jonesboro
9. Brunswick
10. Southwest DeKalb

Class AAA
1. Columbia
2. West Hall
3. Carrollton
4. Washington County
5. Henry County
6. Murray County
7. Monroe
8. Troup
9. Drew
10. Butler

Class AA
1. South Atlanta
2. Greater Atlanta Christian
3. Laney
4. Thomasville
5. Buford
6. Vidalia
7. East Hall
8. Rockmart
9. Union County
10. Jordan

Class A
1. Whitefield Academy
2. Wilkinson County
3. Wilcox County
4. Wesleyan
5. Pace Academy
6. Terrell County
7. Providence Christian
8. Lanier County
9. Paideia
10. North Cobb Christian

GIRLS

Class AAAAA
1. Hillgrove
2. Norcross
3. North Cobb
4. Brookwood
5. Campbell
6. Stephenson
7. Roswell
8. Bradwell Institute
9. Milton
10. North Gwinnett

Class AAAA
1. Redan
2. Fayette County
3. Chamblee
4. Douglas County
5. Madison County
6. Forest Park
7. Southwest DeKalb
8. Alcovy
9. Chattahoochee
10. Clarke Central

Class AAA
1. Washington County
2. Columbia
3. Dalton
4. Walnut Grove
5. Chestatee
6. Sandy Creek
7. LaGrange
8. Grovetown
9. Eastside
10. Peach County

Class AA
1. Buford
2. Kendrick
3. Vidalia
4. Rabun County
5. Fannin County
6. Laney
7. Northeast-Macon
8. Thomasville
9. North Oconee
10. Greater Atlanta Christian

Class A
1. Wesleyan
2. SW Atlanta Christian
3. Taylor County
4. Bryan County
5. St. Francis
6. Pace Academy
7. Darlington
8. Towns County
9. Calvary Day
10. Savannah Christian

56 comments Add your comment

bigboy

January 23rd, 2011
3:11 pm

All people is talking about is milton and miller grove because the kids on them teams play with the big name AAU teams But what people DON’T know is that SOUTH GWINNETT HAS players to they are 15w with 3l’s but they have a PG name KEVIN HAYNES JR THAT PUTS UP NUMBERS LIKE 15P’S 8A’S 5REB’S 3STL’S A game and can PLAY BOTH SIDE OF THE COURT WITH NO PROBLEM. I will love to see him play the boy scott from milton SO people can STOP ALL THIS TALK, He already did Parker this summer in a AAU game in GA. South also have a boy name Davis that is in the 11 grade’ who ia avg around 20p’s with 10 reb’s that will kill Parker on milton with NO PROBLEMS.

Talmadge Chandler

January 23rd, 2011
3:17 pm

How can the AJC not mention nor cover anything about the Sequoyah Chiefs who are ranked #2 in Georgia AAAA classification? Their undefeated record of 19-0 speaks for itself, having already beaten AAAAA powerhouse Pope as well as 7th ranked in the State AAAA Chattahoochee. The Chiefs are lead by Senior Point Guard Sean Tate, 2nd in scoring for AAAA @ 23.8/game (4.9 pts/game better than #1 ranked Miller Grove’s star Tony Parker), Senior Forward Cullen Roberts @ 11.6 pts/game – #22, Junior Guard Solomon Ajose 9.9 pts/game- #32, Senior Swing Guard Zack Chandler 7.8 pts per game #46 & Senior Forward Brandon Alexander 7.5 pts per game – #49. All scoring is per Rankings by MaxPrep Sports and based on the top 150 players in Ga AAAA. Last night (Sat 1/22) Sequoyah beat rival and 2nd in Region 7-AAAA, Creekview in a stunning 2 pt win in front of 1,300 fans at Sequoyah. A little coverage is not a lot to ask for an original Atlanta native!

bball72

January 23rd, 2011
4:43 pm

@ Talmadge Chandler: If you want some serious consideration and coverage like the MGs, Miltons, Columbias, and Wheelers of the world, you need to PLAY SOMEBODY!!! Until then, finishing beating up on the little teams in your area and try to make some noise in the state playoffs.

rudbuck1

January 23rd, 2011
9:53 pm

@talmadge: Can you please tell me who made Pope a powerhouse (also correction Pope is in 4-A classification not 5-A, as you claim)…..I agree with bball72, All the teams mentioned not only have they played the best in Georgia, but have played some of the best in the country. I don’t see Sequoyah beating a MG, Milton, Columbia or Wheelers in state. Don’t see you guys beating an Oak Hill, St. Patrick, Winter Park or anybody in the top 100 who are ranked nationally.

rudbuck1

January 23rd, 2011
10:07 pm

@Todd: I could see your point with Norcross. After evaluating every region and the schedule they play, it is pretty much slim pickings to make an argument for anyone else to be worthy of top 10 cosideration.

Laney is the ony team in AA UNDEFEATED why aren't they #1

January 23rd, 2011
10:59 pm

Wow Laney snubbed again, the Laney boys should be #1, if only for a week.

Slinger

January 23rd, 2011
11:33 pm

I saw Sequoyah play earlier this season and they seemed to play to the level of the competition. Elite teams assert themselves and take command of the games they should win. Yes, they are talented and may do well in the post season but not at the level of the Miller Groves and Miltons of the state. Best of luck to them but agree they needed to step up the schedule this year to ready themselves for the caliber of teams they will see in late February and possibly early March.

Zone3canE

January 24th, 2011
2:24 am

South Atlanta would SMASH Laney, your BIG MAN is 6″2.

BigDawg

January 24th, 2011
7:19 am

Washington Co have the best girls baketball player in the state. And she is only in the 10th grade!!!!!!

HickoryFlatlander

January 24th, 2011
8:53 am

talmadge, neither the AJC nor any of the posters on here are ever going to give credit to a team full of white kids that does not have a transfer or recruit among them. Sequoyah will have to settle things in the post season.

FAN

January 24th, 2011
9:16 am

Like BBALL72 said Laney fans, play somebody and then an only then you will get some props. Tell your coach stop trying to pad it w-l lose record , and get with the program. Whatever program you have!!!!!!!!! Stop your your whining, your team is joke.

Mike

January 24th, 2011
9:23 am

Milton dad

January 24th, 2011
11:08 am

whoa whoa, bigboy, slow down. catch your breath. I,m sure your pg from SG is a good baller, but you’re talknig about the best backcourt in the country. Ask Oak Hill. Ask Winter Park. Ask Austin Rivers. He DOES NOT want to see Dai Jon Parker again on a bball court. Praise your kid, but don’t discredit yourself by smacktalking Parker and Scott. They are proven.

pmuckle

January 24th, 2011
12:19 pm

Quit hating on Miller Grove!! It is what it is!!!

RAIDER BASKETBALL

January 24th, 2011
12:22 pm

Mr Holcomb regarding Norcross being in the top ten with 8-9 record i know its hard ranking the teams but alpharetta high in 6-AAAAA is 13-4 with some top tens wins Norcross only quality win is against Collins

RAIDER BASKETBALL

January 24th, 2011
12:25 pm

Hill on december 10th Alpharetta has 2 key Region games coming up against Milton on 2-5 6:30pm at Alpharetta and on 2-8 @ Milton 7:30pm come check us out Thanks Raider Fan

4aaa

January 24th, 2011
1:43 pm

This region is wide open with Henry Drew and Eagles Landing in and out of the top 10….but watch out for Stockbridge they are 7-2 in region and gave Henry its only region loss…..Never count them out

4aaa

January 24th, 2011
1:44 pm

Stockbridge plays #9 Drew High tonite

ChiefSupporter

January 24th, 2011
1:53 pm

I think Sequoyah is getting shafted, but this is new territory for Sequoyah boys basketball. The paper you should really be ticked off with is the Cherokee Tribune, which hardly ever has anything in there about them. I’ve seen the Chiefs play many times this year. The atmosphere Saturday night was the best I’ve seen in many years of watching games at Sequoyah. However, the team seemed uptight, and under a lot of pressure. I wouldn’t want the publicity right now. If you truly are good enough the publicity will come. I just say treat each game like another season. I’m on the outside looking in, but it seems the pressure of being undefeated is taking it’s toll on the team. Just play them and have fun folks. If you lose one it’s not going to be the end of the world.

ChiefsBacker

January 24th, 2011
2:26 pm

As far as Sequoyah playing a tougher schedule when the almighty GHSA puts you in an 11 team REgion, and you have to play 14 Region games it does not leave room for many openings. Then they are forced to play all county schools twice, plus they have had a great rivalry with Pope for a couple of years now, so the schedule is not really much they can control. As the above mentioned, these tournaments are invitation only stuff, and Sequoyah is a homegrown team doing things the right way and not Cheating, yes cheating in recruiting like the other powers of the world. I also agree with ChiefSupporter. Let’s the kids enjoy the moment. THey did seem very tight Saturday night, and from what I heard Friday as well. Still quite a feet for a school that hasn’t been heard from since the early 90’s

wolfman

January 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

“Nice win by Norcross’ girls over Hoover , Ala., 49-44 on Saturday at Starr’s Mill. Dearica Hamby and Diamond DeShields scored 15 apiece. Norcross and Hoover won their states’ championships in 2010 in the highest classifications.” — Let’s not forget that #1 Wesleyan girls in lowly single A also beat Hoover this year.

burrr

January 24th, 2011
3:49 pm

@bigboy south gwinnet lost to marietta, milton exposed marietta every year in the playoffs. South gwinnett beat northview by 5 milton beat them by 54. I would think twice before calling out specific players also. South gwinnett simply does not want that problem.

bigboy

January 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

i stated that the PG at SG can deal with any PG IN THE STATE OF GA AND NO HE NOT MY FAMILY I just know what I’m seeing down here and the only player you all talk about is the once that PAY TO PLAY WITH THE BIG AAU TEAMS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO HART TO PLAY AGAINST THE BEST. The St.P G cook is a player but it.s the school and not his game I’m from up north and i have watched ST.P for yrs not just this yrs and had family that play with them. River is not a PG for all you who think that he will be playing SG next with IRIVING who I know from ST.P. and for you Burr the games you talking about SG pg was not playing because he was sick. He already did one of your boyz at milton and with have NO PROBLEM WITH SCOTT if they meet. Parker is a better all around ball player not scott and the last thing is he is the only SR that start for SG with 10 and 11 graders and look at what they doing.

burrr

January 24th, 2011
7:54 pm

when u translate that statement you will receive a response.

Milton dad

January 24th, 2011
8:27 pm

ha ha. I admire the passion though.

bigboy

January 24th, 2011
9:17 pm

all you guys have to do is check out ch 11 news and you see what they are stating about the leadership this kid have. SG don’t have two and three top player on the same team and they are looking real good. Milton dad thank for the passion part but the ha ha will be when this kid show what you need to do as a PG and THAT’S ON BOTH SIDE OF THE COURT. BURR you just don’t know real ball is. all you milton lovers will see SOON.

bigboy

January 24th, 2011
9:21 pm

Just check out ch 11 news and see what they think of this kid about how he leads his team. The two boys up at collins hill ran on your boys this summer 2.

Obvious

January 24th, 2011
10:36 pm

You can check out ESPNU and see what you think about Scott.. If their analyst feel like he is one of the best in the country, which they do, then that’s good enough for me.

SHS Alum

January 25th, 2011
11:45 am

Great to see the Sequoyah Chiefs doing great things on the hardwood! To be fair to the AJC – SHS being good at basketball is a very new thing…and they will have to earn respect to get the love. When I was in school, and the years following, the team was an utter joke.

Let’s just hope this is a sign of things to come. One thing I’ve learned about HS Bball – having the athletes helps tremendously – but the right coach, and the right system, can take a team to greatness.

milton fan

January 25th, 2011
1:54 pm

Georgia high school basketball fans!

You can see for yourself how good Milton High School is by watching their home basketball games at this website…
http://milton.video4ever.net/(S(mypdqy14pqdzvu5otetgnimm))/sportzcastplayer.aspx

This is a live stream of the games from Milton with commentary!

They play tonight against Northview at 7:30 and then have a battle against #2 Wheeler this Saturday at 8:30!

You can also rewatch previous games and best of all it is 100% free!!!

Todd Holcomb

January 25th, 2011
2:05 pm

“Mr Holcomb regarding Norcross being in the top ten with 8-9 record i know its hard ranking the teams but alpharetta high in 6-AAAAA is 13-4 with some top tens wins Norcross only quality win is against Collins Hill.”

We definitely looked at Alpharetta. That’s a good team, although I note there’s been a 30-point loss to South Gwinnett. I don’t think anybody can beat Norcross by 30. Big game tonight for the blue devils – Peachtree Ridge.

re: Sequoyah – I might check up on them for an AJC story. Maybe a good story would be ”best five teams nobody is talking about.” I agree they deserve some attention. But I also agree that the those schools that are winning in national events are getting attention for good reason. We’ll see in the playoffs, but I suspect Sequoyah is going to struggle keeping up with Miller Grove. So will everyone else.

bigboy

January 25th, 2011
3:00 pm

i never stated that Scott was not a good ballplayer, I DO THINK HES’ A GOOD BALLPLAYER BUT I KNOW THAT KEVIN IS A MOST BETTER PG. Look who scott is playing with and that PARKER who play the better g on the other teams not scott and that why I THINK PARKER IS A BETTER ALL AROUND PLAYER ON THAT TEAM. The last thing is this that Kevin play Def on the PG-SG-AND SMALL FORWARDS. Ask the school he played LIKE TUCKER LIKE Alpharetta and GAC how he lock that PG up and put the ball in the hoop on them. Ask the teams he play this summer in aau. I seen him and that kid Kevin Ware a few yrs ago play together and NO ONE could deal with them. He also played with the big boy from miller grove not Tony Parker but the other big boy in a all star game not this summer but the one before summer and went at Rice son they have it on cd.

Sequoyah fan

January 25th, 2011
3:05 pm

The Sequoyah team is 19-0 with huge wins over Chattahoochee and Pope. Not taking anything away from Miller Grove or the other great Georgia teams, these boys can play with them. We should be proud of the fact that Georgia is becoming one of the hot beds for ball players. Sean Tate, the #1 scorer in Region 4 and #4 scorer in the state is one of the top 3 PG’s in the state. His training with Marc Edwards, (Ryan Harrow’s trainer), has made him unstoppable. The team has been playing together 7 years and is well coached by a young coach. Keep an eye out for these kids because I think they will surprise you.

burrr

January 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

what does most better mean?

“They have it on cd” does that mean we can only listen to what is taken place?

Dai-Jon Parker is labeled by many EXPERTS as the best defensive player in the nation so him guarding the other team’s best guard makes a little sense. I’m not sure why you are tyring to change it to Parker being better than Scott because they are two different players.

I’m not understanding why you are listing the players Kevin played with, especially since they arent the same caliber of the players from milton plays with. parker “went at rice (Glen)” about 3 times his sophmore year and that is actually on video.

Scott and parker were both invited to represent the south in Nike’s USA global challenge where they won gold and had teammates such as adonis thomas, pj hairston, kentavious cladwell, which are all better than donte williams if thats who your referring to.

long story short you dont speak english and your posts are stupid and ignorant.

bigboy

January 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

Burr you don’t know what you talking about, you just ignorant and stupid and don’t know a dam thing about ball players. You had to live in GA all your life and never left that why you sucking your boys off. I have a question for you A-hole do you know who Kevin Ware is? Check him out. SG will see you and watch and see how SG PG do your boys.

burrr

January 25th, 2011
7:01 pm

Ok lets look ESPN (maybe you heard of that channel) has shannon scott at 29 dai-jon parker 33 kevin ware 91. Scout.com Shannon scott 38 dai-jon parker 36 kevin ware 97. what the crazy thing is kevin haynes isnt on any of those lists, but you claim he is the best…

burrr

January 25th, 2011
7:06 pm

im the 1 who never left ga but you only speak about ga players? how am i sucking of “my boys” by saying you’re statement kevin haynes is better than shannon scott or dai-jon parker is stupid.

RAIDER BASKETBALL

January 25th, 2011
11:54 pm

Todd yes Alpharetta lost to South Gwinett by 30 pts no excuse 2 of there starters didint play that game and they won again tonight by 10 over Centennial there 14-4, 5-1 in region with THAT KID #10 for alpharetta is a BEAST Earl Hill another double,double with 7 assists a monster dunk over Nathan Harries i know Alpharetta isnt a power house they have only been open for 6 years but those boys are good

jus

January 26th, 2011
2:17 am

pooooooooooor westlake no talent and this is not a rebuilding year they just suck

Granger By Marriage

January 26th, 2011
11:21 am

Such a shame that SE Georgia HS sports doesn’t get much coverage by the AJC. The Bradwell Institute HS girls basketball team is flying high this year @ 18-0. They are in the same region with the likes of Savannah, Beach, Jenkins and Johnson, with traditionally above average girls basketball teams. This years team is particularly well-developed fundamentally with a smart PG and toughness in the paint. Last years team was no fluke @ 29-2, losing in the state quarterfinals to eventual runnerup Redan. I hope we stay the States best-kept secret as tournament time is near. Do your thing Coach Faye. Eye of the Tiger baby!

burrr

January 26th, 2011
11:32 am

The AJC stands for ATLANTA journal constitustion so it kind of makes sense they focus on ATLANTA.

Granger By Marriage

January 26th, 2011
11:38 am

Any team(no matter where in the state of Georgia) deserves some type of coverage, especially when winning 29 games in a season. Just ask the Camden County Wildcats, who by the way, are in SE Georgia.

burrr

January 26th, 2011
11:47 am

I’m sure whatever the local paper there is in Savannah wrote very little about Miller Grove who was #2 in the nation.

Eagle 1

January 26th, 2011
11:50 am

Columbia Eagles are always solid. All we do is win. Who cares about bein the best team in state. We will never know will we? Just win a state championship and make your community happy.

GET REAL

January 26th, 2011
2:05 pm

Granger By Marriage: Good try with Region 3-AAAAA and Bradwell Institute, but the reality of it is that both are very below average. They are just feasting on bad competition in the area to make their record look so impressive. It shows in the state playoffs that they are below average when they meet some real competition.
The last four years for Bradwell:
2009-10: lost 71-50 to Redan
2008-09: lost 59-49 to Redan
2007-08: lost 71-21 to Stephenson
2006-07: lost 59-48
That is an average of 25 points. PATHETIC. Should we look at how bad Savannah, Jenkins, Beach and Johnson do. While 29 games against BAD COMPETITION is not impressive.

bigboy

January 26th, 2011
6:24 pm

Back to school All Star Game North vs. South Here was some or the players: State Farm Insurance SP

Fayette County High School: Adam Smith & Maurice Williams
Miller Grove High School: Henry Brooks & Donte Williams
Mt. Verde Academy: Jamail Jones
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School: (KEVIN HAYNES JR NOT AT SOUTH GWINETT) Madison Burton
Norcross High School : Adrian Hubbard
South Atlanta High School : Nickalus Jacobs & Dominique Mc. Koy
Tucker High School: Ameer Collier
Walton High school School: Ryan Harrow & G’Mitri Rice
West Lake High School: Jelan Kendrick

That was one of the games that boy KEVIN HAYNES JR played in and he was only in the TEN GRADE. He did work in that in game to Big Mouth BURR not ALL Ballplayer don’t have play for the big team to be a GOOD BALL PLAYER and That boy KEVIN is doing work at South Gwinett 19w’s 3l’s. FOR BIG MOUTH BURR DON’T BALL

burrr

January 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

you do know the milton players chose not to play in that game right?

RAIDER BASKETBALL

January 26th, 2011
9:36 pm

Mr Holcomb i have a suggestion could you ask the AJC to cover the Alpharetta Vs Milton on 2-4 at 6:30pm@ Alpharetta streamed live on internet this is there rival, will be a sellout crowd kinda like the Game of the week

burrr

January 26th, 2011
9:45 pm

Milton dad

January 26th, 2011
9:52 pm

Keep him going Burr. Enjoying this. My blood pressure rises when I try to reason with him – or even understand him.