The Miller Grove High School boys’ basketball team has finished No. 56 nationally for the 2010-11 season. The announcement was made by MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 20,000 high school boys’ varsity basketball teams nationwide.
Having completed only its fifth season of varsity basketball, Miller Grove (32-1) won its first 27 games of the season before being derailed by Southwest DeKalb of Decatur, a team it had beaten earlier in the season by 32 points. But the Wolverines remained focused and capped the campaign with a 67-59 win over Rockdale County of Conyers on March 11 to claim its third straight Georgia AAAA state championship.
Miller Grove, which posted its best single-season record in the process, is one of 10 basketball teams being honored on the fifth annual boys’ MaxPreps Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard.
“The MaxPreps Tour of Champions recognizes excellence in on-court performance. Together with the Army National Guard, we are thrilled to have the honor of being invited on campuses throughout the nation to recognize the ‘best of the best’ in high school basketball,” said MaxPreps President Andy Beal.
“This award is a tribute to a lot of hard work of our guys and we’re striving to go even higher. We’re thankful to MaxPreps and the Army National Guard for recognizing us,” said Miller Grove athletic director and head basketball coach Sharman White, who completed his fifth season.
Six-foot-9 junior center Tony Parker, who averaged 18 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots per game, was named MaxPreps Junior Player of the Year. Senior forward Harry Brooks, who is headed to Penn of the Ivy League, averaged a dozen points and six caroms while junior forward Brandon Morris contributed 10 points and eight boards per contest.
Seniors Thomas Marshall (eight points and seven assists per game) and Devon Provost (nine points and three steals per game) handled the backcourt for the Wolverines.
– Courtesy of MaxPreps