Rankings: Norcross is No. 1, then what? And what is Milton’s legacy?

Congrats to Norcross, the first school since Murphy of Atlanta in 1958 to win boys and girls basketball titles in the same year in the highest classification.

Before we get into the impossible task of ranking Georgia’s Class AAAAA, boys or girls, let’s discuss Milton-Norcross.

First, it was not a huge upset. This is basketball, and Norcross had a national-caliber team in its own right with four guys headed to Division I programs. Once it got its act together, Norcross was one of the best 25 teams in the country the past few weeks.

Second, Milton still is one of the best teams in Georgia history. So is Norcross. In 1979, SW Macon didn’t play any teams as good as Miller Grove and Norcross.

For better or worse, the top teams today are more talented than most from a generation before because they’re built, not grown. State titles in Class AAAAA can’t be won any more without multiple player transfers. The third-best team this season – take your pick: Milton, Norcross, Miller Grove – was more talented than most Class AAAA champions from the ’80 and ‘90s. Take shots at Milton all you want, but that starting five is one of the best Georgia has seen. It won a state title as juniors and challenged for a national title as seniors.

As for the rankings, it comes down to this: How do we rate quality wins and strength of schedule vs. rounds advanced in the state playoffs?

Tift, Valdosta and Newton are fortunate that Collins Hill, Campbell and South Gwinnett had bad nights at the wrong time, IMO. Not saying they aren’t worthy of the top 10, but I’d love to see a different state draw format, or more top ATL and South Georgia teams getting together in the regular season.

Here’s a stab at it.

Class AAAAA
1. Norcross (24-9)
2. Milton (29-3)
3. Wheeler (23-7)
4. Peachtree Ridge (22-6)
5. Tift County (24-7)
6. Mill Creek (18-12)
7. Walton (19-7)
8. Valdosta (23-6)
9. Newton (26-5)
10. North Gwinnett (18-10)

Class AAAA
1. Miller Grove (32-1)
2. Rockdale County (26-6)
3. Fayette County (30-3)
4. Jonesboro (28-4)
5. Southwest DeKalb (24-6)
6. Sequoyah (29-1)
7. Lovejoy (25-5)
8. Bainbridge (27-3)
9. Villa Rica (25-6)
10. Tucker (23-6)

Class AAA
1. Columbia (30-3)
2. Butler (25-8)
3. Franklin County (25-6)
4. Eagle’s Landing (26-5)
5. Carrollton (22-6)
6. Troup (22-5)
7. Washington County (25-5)
8. West Hall (24-6)
9. Murray County (26-3)
10. Drew (16-10)

Class AA
1. Greater Atlanta Christian (28-5)
2. Buford (24-9)
3. Laney (29-2)
4. South Atlanta (28-3)
5. Swainsboro (19-8)
6. Thomasville (26-4)
7. East Hall (25-6)
8. Rockmart (28-3)
9. Kendrick (22-7)
10. Lamar County (27-4)

Class A
1. Wilkinson County (32-0)
2. Terrell County (27-4)
3. Greenville (27-4)
4. Whitefield Academy (28-4)
5. Wilcox County (23-3)
6. Pace Academy (26-4)
7. Turner County (22-10)
8. North Cobb Christian (28-3)
9. Lanier County (22-6)
10. Paideia (22-7)

GIRLS

Class AAAAA
1. Norcross (29-3)
2. Campbell (25-7)
3. McEachern (25-7)
4. North Gwinnett (22-7)
5. Mill Creek (18-14)
6. Hillgrove (22-6)
7. Roswell (22-8)
8. North Cobb (25-6)
9. Milton (19-6)
10. Alpharetta (22-6)

Class AAAA
1. Fayette County (28-5)
2. Forest Park (26-6)
3. Chattahoochee (28-4)
4. Douglas County (30-1)
5. Statesboro (26-4)
6. Alcovy (25-4)
7. Clarke Central (26-5)
8. McIntosh (26-5)
9. Miller Grove (20-10)
10. Chamblee (23-1)

Class AAA
1. Washington County (32-0)
2. Dalton (32-1)
3. Columbia (25-7)
4. St. Pius (25-6)
5. Westover (25-6)
6. Sandy Creek (23-5)
7. Crisp County (15-15)
8. Grovetown (25-3)
9. Butler (16-15)
10. Cartersville (19-12)

Class AA
1. Buford (29-3)
2. Greater Atlanta Christian (25-8)
3. Laney (29-2)
4. Kendrick (29-1)
5. Northeast-Macon (28-4)
6. Morgan County (23-7)
7. Thomasville (24-3)
8. Dodge County (19-10)
9. Vidalia (27-1)
10. Rabun County (27-4)

Class A
1. Wesleyan (31-2)
2. Pace Academy (27-6)
3. St. Francis (24-4)
4. SW Atlanta Christian (24-5)
5. Turner County (24-7)
6. Calvary Day (26-6)
7. Taylor County (24-3)
8. Bryan County (27-4)
9. Darlington (25-5)
10. Towns County (27-2)

118 comments Add your comment

bill

March 13th, 2011
5:34 pm

It’s not really a championship since they recruit athletes vs other schools that follow the rules and don’t recruit. It’s a sham.

dandydawg

March 13th, 2011
6:02 pm

I agree with Bill, but we also know that some large public schools recruit athletes.

black1

March 13th, 2011
6:28 pm

Notice how all the schools that recruit, the supports swear up and down that their coach is innocent. I mean then the AJC dont want u to talk about it. I can say whatever I want. All the schools that won the championship are loaded with transfers. Whether legal or illegal. lets see Buford, Norcross, MG, CHS, GAC, Weselyn. So should we put an * by the names when GHSA finally step up and do something about it. This is lagging in Education and Athletics. At least if you are going to transfer, MOVE your entire family. Hey, but what about the rule of sitting out “one full year”.

black1

March 13th, 2011
6:29 pm

This state is lagging

black1

March 13th, 2011
6:33 pm

Oh yeah let me answer the question!!! people dont remember you if win 29 games and no championship. Too many all stars not enough role players.Once again they are overrated. I dont think Royal was that good anyway. He played lazy and didnt dominate. May need to look at another school outside of the ACC. I dont think Parker is ready for the ACC, even next year. Like Sullinger, just a big guy making lay ups

onlooker

March 13th, 2011
7:14 pm

U r crazy about Parker! I see him on a daily basis and he is hands down the hardest worker in GA, thats on his game and in the weightroom! He will be playing anywhere he wants on the collegiate level!

Bswanman

March 13th, 2011
7:18 pm

Wheeler is not better than Peachtree Ridge..

bigdawg

March 13th, 2011
7:20 pm

WACO girls beat 6 of the to 10 girls in AAA…. There the best team in the state of GA…..

ray

March 13th, 2011
7:30 pm

Congrats to MG for another state championship…3peat!!! Congrats to Columbia as well for another state championship…4th in the last 6 years. Would like to see all these state champions play for all the marbles. Would be interesting. Does anybody know if any of these GA teams have been invited to the ESPNU national tournament???

Babs

March 13th, 2011
9:40 pm

All I can say is my child was NOT recruited by a High School coach. It was solely their decision to want to go play under that High School coach and we. as a family, decided that moving into that district was going to best for them as well as the entire family, so I defintiely CAN NOT relate and Know NOTHING about schools that recruit. Yes, it may go on in SOME High Schools But I am a witness that it is NOT going on in the NORCROSS girls program.

S'paw_99

March 13th, 2011
10:04 pm

I think they need to change the formatting of how people get into the state tournament. In the way they have it now, the Regular Season means Absolutely NOTHING. If it’s the top 4 teams form the region tournament that get in, it’s possible that a team can go 0 – for in the regular season, win a couple of games in their region tourney & make state, while a team can have an undefeated regular season & get left out if they have 1 bad game in their region tourney.

Just like the Big Dance, the Region Tourney Champs should get automatic berths, but there needs to be some at large berths to let teams that had great regular seasons get in, despite having one bad night. Teams like Collins Hill, & South Gwinn. that were in the top 10 rankings for most of the regular season should get in the state tourney regardless of how they do in their region tourneys.

atlgent

March 13th, 2011
10:07 pm

Second, Milton still is one of the best teams in Georgia history. So is Norcross. In 1979, SW Macon didn’t play any teams as good as Miller Grove and Norcross.

@ Mr Holcomb…

I disagree with this statement simply because Northeast-Macon played the same schedule as Southwest-Macon and did not lose to ANYONE else but Southwest-Macon. As stated in a previous blog, NE-Macon finished 25-5 with ALL 5 losses to SW-Macon which included the AAAA championship game. Included in those victories were a couple of quality and possibly ranked out of state opponents.

That is being stated with no disrespect to Miller Grove or Norcross. I saw both teams play this year a few times. Miller grove was always solid and Norcross improved as a cohesive unit and became more fluid offensively and scrappy defensively each time I saw them.

atlgent

March 13th, 2011
10:26 pm

The brand of high school basketball is different in this day and age than in the late 70’s, 80′ and early 90’s. No 3 point shot back then but teams were putting up just as many points because they were honestly better offensively. They also shot better back in the day and were developed from a system that started in junior high–for the young heads, what is now called a middle school was called a junior high back then.

These days, players are more athletic. maybe stronger and may play much more throughout the year together due to AAU and such but OLD school players were crafty and ingenious around the basket with much height.

Its debatable as to which eras had the better teams and such but I have been pleased and blessed to see the talent of basketball players around this state. I have no opinion on recruited athletes and schools and such but I will say that WE all desire whats best for our kids and as the father to an intellectually gifted son, I WILL enroll him in the better school that will basically insure that he is noticed for his academics. Therefore, I do agree with the athlete going to a school that will lead him/her to be noticed as an athlete. A fan of a school may not agree with that but if that fan is a father or a mother, he/she would probably want that for their kids as well…..

Its a dog eat dog world out here….

Good luck to all the athletes and its been a great year and I look forward to the next…

Todd Holcomb

March 13th, 2011
10:55 pm

atlgent – I was aware that NE Macon was the Allydar to Affirmed that year. (Had to throw in a Kentucky Derby analogy.) Did NE have the number of high-profile recruits that Norcross or Miller Grove have? Maybe they did, but I would be surprised. You might argue that it doesn’t matter, it’s the team that counts, but my original point wasn’t to disparage basketball in the ’70s or any other decade. It was just to point out that the top teams today have become all-star teams because of the transfer phenomenon, and there are a few of them each year.

”Wheeler is not better than Peachtree Ridge.”

I thought more people would complain about P’Ridge being too high than too low. You might be right about Wheeler, but I’m not sure that North Gwinnett would agree. Maybe Norcross thinks so. Depends on whom you ask, but a fair question indeed.

Wesleyan Fan

March 13th, 2011
11:24 pm

I think Wesleyan should be considered being in the final top ten. They played really well all season but had a tough loss in the region tournament along with a tough first round match-up at Whitefield. If Wesleyan had gotten past Whitefield, they could have made a serious run.

Question?

March 13th, 2011
11:30 pm

Todd, how do you have Mill Creek ranked so high on the girls side with 14 losses? Also, there are a few other teams with 15. That doesn’t seem like they should be anywhere near the top 10.

dagrapevine

March 13th, 2011
11:53 pm

mill creek 18-12 ranked ahead of walton,valdosta and newton?
really!
i’ve noticed we want to have this a few atlanta area teams just had a bad nite,but they where better than some other teams that made it to the final four.seems like i’ve heard that same argument before when it comes to football from the south ga. folks,but i dont remember mr.holcomb supporting that posistion before.
like coach wright bazemore use to say “theres one sure fire way to make it to the title game and thats win.afterall,your only as good as your worst nite”.

Dale Willard

March 14th, 2011
1:04 am

People….relax. Hes just one man trying to put out rankings for 10 different polls. The only ranking that really matters is whos #1. Everything after that is subjective.

YANKEEGATOR

March 14th, 2011
1:42 am

Todd how can Milton be one of the greatest when they blew a late lead and only won one title. SW Macon,Southside and Westover of Albany would kill the new school.

Honest Opinion!!!

March 14th, 2011
2:06 am

The Only teams I can give true credit to for honestly winning the state title this year is Wilkinson CO, Washington CO girls, and possibly the Fayette county girls (dont really know enough about them).

You can put a Mark McGuire, Barry Bonds asterisk on Norcross B&G, Miller Grove, Columbia, and Buford girls……I’m not going to put an asterisk just italicize GAC and Weslyan championships since technically its not against the rules for private schools to recruit or accept transfers.

Hornet Girls Fan

March 14th, 2011
3:28 am

Todd a couple of house keeping items first. You have a typo on the 5A and 4A girls. You left off an A on each classification. Now down to the real business. You make a good case for Milton being rated #1, 2, or 3. You need to be consistent in your logic. If Milton is not #1 because Norcross beat them in the playoffs then how is North Gwinnett girls ranked 4th and Roswell girls ranked 7th. Roswell beats NG in the playoffs just like Norcross beats Milton. Roswell deserves to be ranked at least in front of NG wherever you place NG or you should be consistent and move Milton ahead of Norcross. It pains me to say that because I am glad Milton lost but I think you are showing your Gwinnett bias again, football season is over. Correct your typos and correct the rankings for the Roswell girls. In case you forgot Roswell was the #1 seed and beat the #2 seeded North Gwinnett girls by 3 points 38-35 in the 2nd round of the playoffs in a great defensive battle. I don’t think Roswell could handle Norcross but they sure gave Mill Creek all they wanted and should have won that game. They pulled a Milton and lost it in the last 3 minutes otherwise you are looking at a final 4 team and possibly making it to the final. This team does not have any super stars but they are a very solid team with a very aggressive defense. I think Mill Creek moves to 4th, NG moves to 7th and you can flip a coin to decide whether Roswell or Hill Grove is ranked 5th with the loser getting the 6th position. I am really hoping you had three typos and you just made a mistake on your placement of Roswell just like you left of the A’s.

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

March 14th, 2011
5:36 am

Football, Basketball, and baseball State Championships in most locals should all have an asterisk beside their names…There are not only schools but coaches out there because of the lack of oversight by the GHSA that are looking really good because of all the transfers/recruits that show up on their campuses every year in football, basketball, and yes baseball…Everybody wants to win the ring, so you get an apartment and go play with a powerhouse that only needs one more stud to win it…Congratulations to Wilkinson Co. and Washington County, and possibly Fayette County, the only true basketball champions for this year…

Buzz

March 14th, 2011
8:03 am

Todd…… You want to see a school who RECRUITS and gets away with it so far…. Fayette County H.S. I guess it paid off for the girls team. Congrats Cheaters!!!!!!

GRRR

March 14th, 2011
8:13 am

Douglas County Girls are AAAA and you have them ranked fourth in AAA.

GRRR

March 14th, 2011
8:14 am

I see what you’ve done. You have the girls classifications wrong. There is no AAAAA.

Sweat Tea

March 14th, 2011
8:43 am

BUZZ, you are wrong about Fayette County. I have follow this program for years FC only had one female to come there this year and she was not reruited. One other came two years ago and she was not recruited. Most of these gilrs play at the middle school before coming over to the High school. They win Boys and Girls with good coaching, hard work and smarts. Best damn public school system in state.

Buzz

March 14th, 2011
8:49 am

Seeet Tea in fact you are incorrect. Very few of their boys or girls ever played at Fayette Middle school. I’m not saying that they don’t have great coaches because they do, but it’s awful fishy when you regularly have move ins from other counties. They have had WAY more than 2 move ins that your say!!!!! Get your facts straight!!!!

Say What?

March 14th, 2011
8:50 am

Honest Opinion – You don’t know much about Wilkinson Co. Basketball if you don’t think that they recruit. Geter is one of the top recruiters in the state. Look into that a little more. Yes, WILCO is a county school in the middle of the state, but he has been grabbing everyones best players within a 100 miles for years and building his program.

Joe white

March 14th, 2011
8:52 am

Shouts out the the columbia eagles for winning another state championship.

MasterRattler

March 14th, 2011
9:02 am

Todd your high-profile recruits argument for Milton & Norcross being better “teams” than the best teams of 80’s and 90’s is flawed. Just look at the current Miami Heat to see that. I dont care many great players you have on a team…if you can’t close the deal then you are no better than a team with no recruits at all. Also during the 70’s and 80’s Southwest was the largest HS in the country with over 5,000 students …. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:MCuriXTsOGQJ:schools.bibb.k12.ga.us/southwest/lib/southwest/SW_Dedication_2009.doc+1979+Southwest+patriots+basketball&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a&source=www.google.com

Sweet Tea

March 14th, 2011
9:06 am

Buzz, I know exactly what I am talking about. I have lived their for 11 years with kids attending both middle and high as well as participation in both sports and I’m very involved with football and basketball. I can account for two players that have moved into the area to play on this squad over the past two years. Now when they repeat next year with all born and raised girls from the county dont want to hear about recruitment again. Creme always rise to the top.

Mr.Coach

March 14th, 2011
9:25 am

The bottom line on recruiting is that it happens and some schools get away with it every year. No school has enough talent in its attendance area to play for the State Championship every year. What ever happened to going on a two year run then struggling a couple of years while your program rebuilds. Now nobody rebuilds they just reload. There is no telling who will be on some of these teams rosters next year. Is there any such thing as attendance areas anymore?

Mr.Coach

March 14th, 2011
9:28 am

I don”t think any of these teams are better the Decatur High teams of 1981-83. They would have got blown out in the Decatur Rec. The teams of today are talented but they didn’t have the heart of the teams in the 80’s.

Guest

March 14th, 2011
9:34 am

Valdosta #8 ? LOL

What a joke. You Atlanta types are pathetic.

BehindEnemyLines

March 14th, 2011
9:35 am

Seems as though some folks may confuse transfers with recruits, but what strikes me is that successful programs aren’t likely to need to “recruit” in order to be a popular destination. Kids & parents aren’t exactly unaware of where top programs exists, and that’s whether we’re talking about basketball, football, music, chemistry, whatever. I’d say there’s an enormous gap between parents who want to provide the best opportunity for their child to succeed vs programs pulling out the checkbook to coerce someone to make a switch. I believe the latter is pretty uncommon in GA simply because the better programs – athletically or academically – don’t have to recruit, the transfers are knocking on their doors.

Petey

March 14th, 2011
9:54 am

All the “recruiting” grumbling is just sour grapes from people who don’t have a program that attracts these “street-wise” kids and parents. I can’t say it any clearer than Babs did above. The schools and program draws the kids and parents. There’s no recruiting taking place. If you refuse to believe you are just looking for an excuse to bash a school. It is no different now than 15-20 years ago in the Parkview football heyday.

Milton had an excellent team. Not super big and I feel a little overrated especially Royal. I’m a Norcross supporter and I think Milton would probabaly win 5 or 6 times out of 10 they played.

To those touting Milton for next year and their 2 returning players. Norcross has 4 of their top 7 players returning including their best player (Bolden), their starting point guard (Herbert) and their 6th (Croom – sometime starter) and 7th men ( Nate Sims).

BSswanman again wrong. Ptree Ridge was not better than Wheeler.

snoopy

March 14th, 2011
9:55 am

Congratulations to the Lady Wolves of Buford..

& as I have said many times on these blogs, there’s no better HS football/basketball (B or G) talent in the entire USA than Gwinnett County…

Don’t hate – Appreciate

Buzz

March 14th, 2011
10:02 am

Look what happens when Dunwoody boys stopped recruiting!!!! Or maybe Coach Bracco was that good???
Sweet Tea only 4 of the 12 Varsity girls went to Fayette Middle and of those 4 only 2 played very much. Their top notch players were all move ins or better know as RECRUITING!!!! Their best players were all MOVE-INS from other counties very close to Fayette. Examples- Coweta, Clayton and Spalding!! The girls AAU recruiting pipeline is funneling girls to Fayette H.S. and now the last couple of years they have started recruiting them in Middle School. Sweet Tea check your facts!!!!

bigeasy830

March 14th, 2011
10:03 am

@ Todd Holcomb

So you would rather a Highschool team to build, meaning recruit players, than grow a team, meaning young boys and girls that grew up together and played together since Rec. league. I mean you are an example of the problem with sports. My little brother won a Class A football state title in the late 90’s with kids he had played with since he was 9. That core of kids won it all his senior year. There is no greater joy than watching or being apart of something the grows from hard work. I bet you are one of those that criticized Lebron James when he decided to “take his talents to South Beach”, In the pros they get paid just to win, in college you better win or else, on the highschool level the game should be more pure and there should be more love of the game. I am a huge sports fan but I will never put a team the recruited players ahead of the 79 SW Macon team lead by Jeff Malone and Terry Fair. Also, the AJC is read by people state wide so your bias against the teams from South Ga is very disrespectful.

G-dub

March 14th, 2011
10:08 am

I agree with black1 Royal is way overrated I saw him play the last 3 years and I have never been impressed. Parker is overrated, just because he works hard does not make him a good ball player. He is average. Todd why are you writing an article defending Milton, they got their butts handed to them and now you want to bring up the Macon teams from the 70’s. Let the past go the game has changed. Congrats Norcross, Columbia, MG

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

March 14th, 2011
10:12 am

BehindEnemyLines:
The whole business stinks….Sam Burke, the old headmaster of the GHSA, is spinning in his grave….He would have quit his job before he would have put his OK on what is going on now with the move-ins, move-outs, recruitment, etc, etc….That successful programs draw the best players is the excuse that is given now for the recruitment process….It started with private schools who were allowed to play in the GHSA, and then the public schools said, hey, if they’re gonna do it, we might as well too….They will spin it a bunch of different ways, but everyone knows that recruiting is taking place, rules are being broken, kids who are playing on championship teams are living in apartments only during that season, and, oh by the way, they get their mail sent their, so now they have a residence….Cheating is Cheating, what has happened is some have cheated and now to keep up with the Joneses, everybody has gotten into the act….Maybe the Washington County girls, after reading what I have read here, may be the only team that should have STATE CHAMPION written after their name, while many of the others should have an ****asterisk is front of their names….SEEMS AS THOUGH TOO MANY OF THESE TRANSFERS ARE OUTSTANDING ATHLETES….BUT THE SPINNERS WILL TELL YOU THEY ARE TRANSFERRING BECAUSE OF ANY REASON OTHER THAN ATHLETICS….TO THEM, IT IS ONLY CHEATING IF YOU GET CAUGHT……IT HAS UNLEVELED THE PLAYING FIELD, AND SAM BURKE WOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED IT…..IF THE GHSA IS WORRIED ABOUT BEING SUED, BUY SOME SUEING INSURANCE AND STOP THIS MESS….IT HAS GOTTEN TO BE A JOKE…..

G-dub

March 14th, 2011
10:13 am

@Babs I thought that a couple of girls transfered from Stephenson

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

March 14th, 2011
10:16 am

OH, FORGOT TO SAY……WITH THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BASKETBALL OVER, IT IS TIME TO START RECRUITING FOR NEXT YEAR….GET IN GOOD WITH THAT AAU MAN WHO IS COACHING OR OWNS THE TEAM, AND HE WILL FUNNEL PLAYERS YOUR WAY, AND YOU WILL WAKE UP ONE DAY, AND ALL OF SUDDEN YOU HAVE BECOME A HELL OF A COACH….

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

March 14th, 2011
10:27 am

Caleb King could give a seminar on recruiting….He had it down pat before he signed with UGA, cause he went through the recruiting 3-4 times while still in high school…..

Todd Holcomb

March 14th, 2011
10:36 am

Someone mentioned Gwinnett bias. Well, this is a county that won five state titles. Norcross didn’t win its regular-season region title, then won state. Maybe we leaned to heavily toward Gwinnett in AAAAA. It’s just hard to ignore the success of those teams.

‘’I think Wesleyan should be considered being in the final top ten. They played really well all season but had a tough loss in the region tournament along with a tough first round match-up at Whitefield. If Wesleyan had gotten past Whitefield, they could have made a serious run.’’

We definitely considered Wesleyan’s boys. The problem was the loss to St. Francis and the No. 3 seed from the region. Also, there’s good depth in Class A. Not that St. Francis is bad by any means. Just a lot of worthy teams in A.

‘’You make a good case for Milton being rated #1, 2, or 3. You need to be consistent in your logic. If Milton is not #1 because Norcross beat them in the playoffs then how is North Gwinnett girls ranked 4th and Roswell girls ranked 7th. Roswell beats NG in the playoffs just like Norcross beats Milton. Roswell deserves to be ranked at least in front of NG wherever you place NG or you should be consistent and move Milton ahead of Norcross.’’

I did the boys rankings. Chip Saye did the girls. That’s one reason for the inconsistency, although I don’t have a big problem with Chip’s placement of North Gwinnett. We generally followed the ‘rule’ you mention, but made an exception for a team that had two wins over Norcross, loss on the road to Roswell. The road game was made possible for having been in Norcross’ region. Not saying you have to buy that logic, but that was the line of thinking. North Gwinnett was a special case.

“Douglas County Girls are AAAA and you have them ranked fourth in AAA”

Typo on the labeling of AAAA. We left off an A. Fixed.

“Todd your high-profile recruits argument for Milton & Norcross being better “teams” than the best teams of 80’s and 90’s is flawed. Just look at the current Miami Heat to see that. I dont care many great players you have on a team…if you can’t close the deal then you are no better than a team with no recruits at all.”

Good point about the Heat. Talent doesn’t make you great by itself. But which two teams made the AAAAA finals? Those with several Division I recruits. What’s the last team to win AAAAA without multiple D-I guys? I think you could win a state title with one or two top recruits years ago. I don’t think it can be done now in the highest class. But it’s a good question. Perhaps I’m overrating the overload of talent. Milton did have a weakness depth-wise inside that some lesser-talented teams of the past could’ve exploited if they had the right post players.

Richard

March 14th, 2011
10:37 am

WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Petey

March 14th, 2011
10:38 am

What’s sad to me is these kids that go to GAC or Wesleyan that have talent but never get tested against the best competition of the bigger schools. Someone like AJ Davis will not develop his game fully playing against inferior competion. Just hurts these players in the end because they don’t develop as much and don’t go to the next level as battle tested. I saw some of the smaller school tourney games and the level of competition was far from AAAAA. Obviously Miller Grove is the exception. Could be some of these smaller school players really can’t play at the AAAAA level.

a Lowndes Viking

March 14th, 2011
10:45 am

Not a Valdosta fan at all, but I thought Jay Rome had a great game and held his own against the heavily recruited Norcross players. Cats should have been in the top 4

Miltonall the Way

March 14th, 2011
11:20 am

@Honest Opinion!!! before you talk about Wilco, I seem to see a couple of Baldwin county kids on your teams the last couple of years. Infact as far back as Montavious Adams. I think you had one this year as well…hint hint…

Recruiting

March 14th, 2011
11:27 am

How many transfers/recruits did Milton, Norcross, or Miller Grove have?