Atlanta Tipoff Club announces winners of basketball awards

Fayette County High School senior Brianna Banks and Milton High School senior Shannon Scott were named Miss Georgia Basketball and Mr. Georgia Basketball, respectively, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. In addition, Senior Jasmine Camp (Chamblee High School) and junior Tony Parker (Miller Grove High School) were named as the 2011 Metro Atlanta Basketball Players of the Year.

The winners were selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s board of selectors and its voting academy, comprised of leading basketball coaches and administrators from around the region, who based their criteria on player performances throughout the season. All honorees will be recognized at the Atlanta Tipoff Club Naismith Awards Banquet presented by AT&T on March 21 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.

Miss Georgia Basketball: Brianna Banks, Fayette County High School – She led her team in points, assists and steals en route to the Class AAAA state title, the school’s first, which avenged two state championship game losses in 2008 and 2009. In fact, the second-ranked Tigers closed the season with 19 consecutive victories, and only once during the streak was the margin of victory closer than 10 points. Next year the 5-9 guard will play basketball at the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Georgia Basketball: Shannon Scott, Milton High School – The Ohio State signee averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game for Milton. The 6-2 guard had the distinction of playing on a team that made it to the state semifinals in each of his four seasons. He won the Class AAAAA championship as a junior and made it to the championship game this season. He is the son of former North Carolina and NBA great Charlie Scott.

Bobby Cremins Georgia High School Girls Coach of the Year: Charles “Chunk” Reid, Vidalia High School – Reid led his squad to a 28-0 start before falling in the second round of the Class AA Girl’s state tournament. His season was highlighted by winning his 750th career win and is currently 10th on the list of active girl’s basketball coaches for career wins.

Bobby Cremins Georgia High School Boys Coach of the Year: David Boyd, Milton High School – Led Milton to a 29-3 record and a berth in the Class AAAAA State Championship game, where they fell to Norcross. The Eagles were consistently ranked in the Top 5 nationally throughout the regular season. In 27 years of coaching he owns a 573-194 career record. He’s won this award on two previous occasions, including 2010.

Bob Eskew Outstanding Sportsmanship Award: Benjamin Banneker High School

Charlie Bloodworth High School Official of the Year: Chas Frazier – Frazier has been officiating basketball at the high school level since 1998 and college level since 2000. He has officiated 13 Georgia high school tournaments. He is the current president of the Greater Georgia Basketball Officials Association and was named the 2004 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association referee of the year. He officiates in the Atlantic Sun, Ohio Valley, SIAC and Peach Belt conferences, as well as Georgia JUCO, where his is a 4-time championship game official.

Metro Atlanta Girls Player of the Year: Jasmine Camp, Chamblee Charter High School – Camp averaged 13 points and four assists per game in leading Chamblee this season. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 23-0 record and a No. 2 ranking before losing a tough contest in the Class AAAA Region 6 tournament quarterfinals. She has signed a letter of intent to play basketball next year at the University of Stanford.

Metro Atlanta Boys Player of the Year: Tony Parker, Miller Grove High School – The 6-7 junior led Miller Grove to its 3RD consecutive CLASS AAAA state championship, scoring 21 points, hauling down 15 rebounds and adding five blocked shots. In doing so, the Wolverines became of only 10 high school program in Georgia to achieve a three-peat. For the season he averaged 16
points and 12 boards per game. He is Georgia’s top-rated prospect in the class of 2012.

Garland F. Pinholster Metro Atlanta Girls High School Coach of the Year: Jan Azar, Wesleyan School – Azar led the Wolves to a 32-2 record and a fourth straight championship. Overall, Wesleyan has won eight state titles in 10 years, six of which came at the Class AA level. In 14 seasons, she is 351-77.

Garland F. Pinholster Metro Atlanta Boys High School Coach of the Year: Jeremy Adams, Sequoyah High School – In just four years at the helm of the Chiefs, Adams has amassed a 70- 43 career record. This season, Sequoyah jumped out to a 29-0 start before falling in the second round of the state playoffs.

Courtesy of Atlanta Tipoff Club

15 comments Add your comment

Nilo Silvan

March 18th, 2011
11:25 am

Boyd the coach of the year? Most talent ever assembled on one team in Georgia history, and he doesn’t win the state championship. McMillan of Norcross should have gotten this award.


March 18th, 2011
1:03 pm

Its all politics!!! There is no way Shannon Scott is better than the Caldwell-Pope kid from Greenville. KCP IS HANDS DOWN, the better overall player. His numbers are better, his drive to play the game is better and he didn’t have the luxury of playing with a Division 1 starting line-up. With that lineup, Scott should’ve at least averaged 13-15 assists per.


March 18th, 2011
1:21 pm

Shannon is hands down the best PG in the State, but i think the media and politics pushed him over as the best in Georgia. I would have picked Tony Parker or Caldwell myself because of what they meant to thier teams. Parker averaged 21 and 15 as a jr, and Caldwell’s numbers speak for themselves. The biggest issue i have is with Coach of the year, when was the vote. In everygame that Boyd had to coach he lost. Miller Grv. St P, and Norcross. By far the Coach of the year should have been McMilan and Norcross. What he did with that team is to be commended. He turned in a loosing record around and then beat the Media darlings to win the state championship.


March 18th, 2011
1:23 pm

Phony balony how can Scott winn GA POY and Parker win metro POY. Parker had better numbers and 3peated. Scott was on a team that underachived. If he was a leader he would have led his team to the championship.

Michael Carvell

March 18th, 2011
2:28 pm

Note: This are the awards from the Atlanta Tipoff Club and not the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We have our own, along with All-State teams, coming soon.

blinded by the light

March 18th, 2011
3:44 pm

Politics.. Shannon is good but he isnt Mr. Basketball

MC–I am sure AJC wont be much different you have your favorites too.


March 18th, 2011
4:02 pm

1st people say Milton isnt that good to start, now you say they underachieve?
In the three games Milton lost Scott was the leading scorer for the team and was a factor in the keeping it close.

Caldwell is very deserving but the numbers speak for themselves? he scores 30 points on 30 + shots. He is good but not very efficient.


March 19th, 2011
3:11 am

It’s Stanford University


March 19th, 2011
10:56 am

Scott played on a team stocked with division 1 players. That would make any high school PG look good because he has the weapons around him. You have to take other things into consideration when making these picks such as team makeup, how would that team fare without its star and most importantly how they stacked up against the nation’s best. EX: Scott and Caldwell were teammates on the South USA squad. Out of the 4 games played, Scott saw the floor in mop up duty, while Caldwell played 3 of the 4 games entirely and was in foul trouble in one. These games were coached by college assistants or ex-college players(Div 1). Apparently Scott couldn’t cut the mustard against the elite. At least 10-12 players should have been selected ahead of him for the McDonald’s game also. All in all, Caldwell got snubbed and I hope Carvell does a better job in his selections.

Um, No

March 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

You must not have watched the games because Scott played just as much as Caldwell. If you think that people thought Scott couldn’t cute the mustard, then how did he make all of the All-Star games? You must know more than every single person that selects these teams.

Also, since Scott plays on a HS team with so many D1 talents, wouldn’t it be easier for them to cancel each other out? Call me crazy, but I thought it was the point guard’s job to get the other players involved. And when you have a team where each of the starters average double digits, I think that’s exactly what he did.

Congrats to Scott.


March 21st, 2011
9:58 am

@Burr I’m just sayin that in my opinion Scott is way overrated I’ve seen him play several times and never came away impressed. The sophomore pg at Columbia is hands down the best pg in the state. And for the most part I have never been impresed with any of the Milton big three, we’ll see what they do at the next level.


March 21st, 2011
11:29 am

well thats why your opinion is only heard here which means its not that important


March 21st, 2011
1:08 pm

you sound like a Milton lover who’s always spitting out numbers but 1 title when you should have had at least 2. Always making excuses


March 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

I think most kids would love to have 1 title.. I mean, that’s just my guess.


March 21st, 2011
10:44 pm

Are you kidding me???Jasmine Camp, the player of the year…When AJC interviewed the most impacting player on the Chamblee team, they interviewed Brianna McDonald…How is Jasmine Camp better than anyone in Metro Atlanta? The team was led by Brianna, and Lucy, period…