AAAAA basketball blog: Nike Explosion Showcase draws three state champs, pits Wheeler-SWD

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

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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.

22 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2011
11:50 am

Thanks Todd, I know it’s still football season, and I love it going into the semi’s, should be some great games this week. But please keep the basketball blog going, I love the sport too and we need to keep up with what’s going on.

The Truth

November 30th, 2011
12:16 pm

Why did Bolden transfer to N Gwinnett?


November 30th, 2011
3:51 pm

Bolden has played at 3 different high schools in the last 3 years!!!!!!!

Todd Holcomb

November 30th, 2011
3:54 pm

”Why did Bolden transfer to N Gwinnett?”

I don’t know, but he actually played football this season for North. Caught 16 passes.


November 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

I heard it was financial.


November 30th, 2011
6:55 pm


November 30th, 2011
8:29 pm

Why doesn’t anyone sign with Georgia? With all the talent in Atlanta Georgia should be a top 10 team.


November 30th, 2011
9:02 pm

SportsFan, UGA and GA Tech are so high strung on football, basketball players wanna go where they will be worshipped. U ever been to Kentucky? It’s sickening how much they worship those basketball players. And these dang transfers. I’m so sick and tired of these players flip flopping around the state.


November 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

@Andre: Just like Jalen Kendrick 2 years ago………..Ended up at Wheeler HS, but went thru SACA and Westlake HS, all to try to win a championship that never came. Three High Schools in 3 years, gimme a break, and the GHSA doesn’t think this was fishy,


November 30th, 2011
11:11 pm

Anyone know where Jalen Kendrick is now?????


December 1st, 2011
7:16 am

Probably found a 5th year of eligibility on some girls high school team. Memphis let him leave for personal reasons, but the truth of the matter was he was a big headache to the team.


December 1st, 2011
7:55 am

Kendrick is now playing at Ole Miss.


December 1st, 2011
12:10 pm

@ Andre – That is not true at GT. GT loves basketball and at one time was a ACC power. Remember Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, Mark Price, Stephon Marbury? I think GT is suffering from lack of a big name coach.(Bobby Cremins) Georgia on the other hand has never had a power house basketball team.


December 1st, 2011
12:18 pm

The GHSA should institute THE FOLLOWING TRANSFER RULE!!!!!

(RULE 311-A) A student may only transfer 1 time to another school (WITHIN A 100) mile radius and remain eligible to play sports.

311-B – A student can transfer multiple times if the new school is (OUTSIDE THE 100 MILE RADIUS and the GHSA deems the move as a LEGITIMATE MOVE.

(LEGITIMATE MOVE – When a students CUSTODIAL GUARDIAN makes a change of residence!!!!!!)


December 1st, 2011
3:44 pm

J Naismith

December 1st, 2011
3:46 pm

How about a rule punishing the school. If a school has more than 20% of players (or more than 2) transfers that did not start the 9th grade at the school, they are not eligilble for post season.


December 1st, 2011
3:57 pm

@ drew: Thx, thought he dropped off the map. But Ole Miss is loaded with guards, 8 to be exact and 5 are freshman hope he keeps his head straight


December 1st, 2011
8:55 pm

If Wheeler has all of its pieces for the game, it should be a good one. Though they did go 0-2 last week, they were without their 2 best players, including the 6-8 Chuck Mitchell who was mentioned above, and the other being the #1 freshman in the country. Probably would have been a little different had those two been playing.


December 3rd, 2011
8:17 pm

@ I wanna Transfer –

Who determines what is considered a “legitimate move”? Have you seen how much it costs to send a kid to college these days? Parents will do what they need to do in order to get their kids a scholorship to college, no different than parents who send their kids to Academically strong schools.


December 3rd, 2011
9:22 pm

wheeler wins it 65-62

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January 25th, 2012
4:56 pm

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January 28th, 2012
3:07 am

Great answer fin. People fail to understand that.