Wheeler ‘s boys started their season 0-2 with losses last week against Grace Prep and Desoto in the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Texas. They won’t find the local competition any easier Saturday when they play Southwest DeKalb in the Nike Explosion Showcase of four games at Kennesaw State.
Here’s the schedule for that event, which also includes reigning state champions Norcross (AAAAA), Columbia (AAA) and GAC (AA).
1 p.m. Buford vs. North Gwinnett
2:30 p.m. – Columbia vs. Greater Atlanta Christian
6 p.m. – Norcross vs. Harrison
7:30 p.m. – Wheeler vs. Southwest Dekalb
Games streamed live at – http://www.ihigh.com/wheelerwildcats/
Wheeler is led by Charles Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 center who made all-state teams last season. Southwest DeKalb, a Region 6-AAAA team, has 6-8 forward Shaquille Goodwin (signed with Memphis) and 6-5 guard Jordan Price (Auburn).
Meanwhile, Norcross is 0-2 after losing to South Shore and Long Island Lutheran of New York in the Big Apple vs. Big Peach Battle at Shiloh last week. Norcross is still a contender in Region 7-AAAAA but lost perhaps its four top players.
One was guard Chris Bolden, who transferred to North Gwinnett. Bolden’s new team also is winless after close losses to GAC, Hillgrove and South Gwinnett. Bolden had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists against South this week.
In other news, Milton was 2-0 in the Charlotte Invitational last week, beating Harding 74-58 and North Carolina state champion Hunter Huss 75-44. Shaquille Johnson and Evan Nolte made the all-tournament team. Milton beat Buford 71-55 on Tuesday to go to 3-0.
Shiloh, perhaps the team to beat in Region 8-AAAAA, is 2-0. Georgia Tech signee Robert Carter, the transfer from Thomasville, has averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots. David Friedlander of the Gwinnett Daily Post had a good feature on Carter this week.
Shiloh plays at Berkmar in a big Region 8-AAAAA opener on Friday.