New HS basketball rankings: Fayette County replaces Miller Grove at No. 1 in AAAA; GAC boys, Buford girls also take top spots

Fayette County and Greater Atlanta Christian are new No. 1 boys teams while Buford’s girls regained the their top ranking in the high school basketball rankings this week.

Fayette County’s boys, who made the Class AAAA semifinals last year but have never won a state title, replaced three-time defending champion Miller Grove, which lost Friday to Chamblee in a Region 6-AAAA game. Miller Grove has nine losses, but Chamblee was the first Georgia team to defeat the Wolverines in over a year.

In AA boys, defending champion Greater Atlanta Christian replaced Vidalia, which lost to Long County 70-68 on Tuesday.

In AA girls, Buford returned to No. 1 after a 58-44 victory on Saturday against Lovett, the previous No. 1 team, which dropped to No. 5. The return of Andraya Carter, the 2011 Class AA player of the year who has missed most of the season with a torn ACL, should provide a big boost for Buford down the stretch.

New this week to the boys rankings are Tift County, North Gwinnett and Harrison in AAAAA, Chamblee and Osborne in AAAA, North Hall and Grady in AAA, Laney and East Hall in AA and Athens Christian in A. Out are Marietta, Berkmar and M.L. King in AAAAA, Brunswick and Woodland-Cartersville in AAAA, Franklin County and Walnut Grove in AAA, Early County and Morgan County in AA and Wesleyan in A.

There are five new girls teams in the rankings, including two in a wide-open AAAA. Redan and Rockdale County, the previous No. 9 and 10 teams, were replaced by Northside-Warner Robins and Osborne.

Other changes in the top 10s were Lowndes replacing North Cobb in AAAAA, Westside-Macon replacing Americus-Sumter in AAA and East Hall returning after a one-week absence, replacing Rabun County in AA.

The top two teams in Class A both lost last week but held their position in the rankings. No. 1 Wesleyan lost 46-43 on Saturday to Bob Jones, one of the top teams in Alabama’s Class 6A. No. 2 St. Francis gave Wesleyan a battle before losing 67-54 on Friday. The top five teams in Class A remained the same, while there was some minor shuffling in the other spots.

BOYS

Class AAAAA
1. Milton (15-4)
2. Shiloh (15-2)
3. Westlake (15-2)
4. Wheeler (9-6)
5. Norcross (11-7)
6. Mill Creek (15-3)
7. Tift County (15-5)
8. Savannah (17-1)
9. North Gwinnett (12-7)
10. Harrison (13-5)

Class AAAA
1. Fayette County (18-1)
2. Miller Grove (9-9)
3. Southwest DeKalb (11-7)
4. Effingham County (17-1)
5. Chattahoochee (16-3)
6. Douglas County (18-1)
7. Jonesboro (16-3)
8. Chamblee (14-4)
9. Lovejoy (16-4)
10. Osborne (17-2)

Class AAA
1. Columbia (18-1)
2. Eagle’s Landing (18-1)
3. Washington County (15-0)
4. Drew (16-3)
5. Carrollton (15-3)
6. Troup (14-4)
7. Thomson (16-2)
8. North Hall (15-3)
9. Monroe (12-5)
10. Grady (15-3)

Class AA
1. Greater Atlanta Christian (15-4)
2. Buford (13-5)
3. Vidalia (18-2)
4. Thomasville (11-5)
5. Jordan (18-2)
6. Manchester (12-1)
7. Laney (15-3)
8. Albany (11-2)
9. South Atlanta (13-5)
10. East Hall (12-5)

Class A
1. North Cobb Christian (19-0)
2. Whitefield Academy (15-3)
3. Turner County (14-3)
4. Wilkinson County (16-2)
5. Wilcox County (13-3)
6. Landmark Christian (13-1)
7. Lanier County (16-3)
8. Taylor County (14-2)
9. Athens Christian (15-2)
10. Greenforest Christian (15-3)

GIRLS

Class AAAAA
1. McEachern (17-0)
2. Parkview (20-0)
3. Norcross (15-3)
4. Alpharetta (15-3)
5. North Gwinnett (15-2)
6. Stephenson (15-4)
7. Beach (18-1)
8. Marietta (16-3)
9. Hillgrove (15-2)
10. Lowndes (19-1)

Class AAAA
1. Douglas County (17-1)
2. Statesboro (19-1)
3. Chamblee (17-1)
4. Alcovy (17-2)
5. Creekview (19-2)
6. Fayette County (14-5)
7. Forest Park (15-5)
8. Miller Grove (9-4)
9. Northside-Warner Robins (15-3)
10. Osborne (15-4)

Class AAA
1. Washington County (16-0)
2. Westover (19-0)
3. St. Pius (15-3)
4. Columbia (11-5)
5. Carrollton (17-2)
6. Oconee County (16-2)
7. Cross Creek (17-3)
8. Allatoona (18-2)
9. Cartersville (14-4)
10. Westside-Macon (15-4)

Class AA
1. Buford (12-6)
2. Morgan County (15-0)
3. Model (19-1)
4. Laney (18-1)
5. Lovett (16-4)
6. Decatur (17-3)
7. Greater Atlanta Christian (14-5)
8. North Oconee (16-3)
9. East Hall (14-2)
10. Dade County (17-1)

Class A
1. Wesleyan (15-3)
2. St. Francis (16-3)
3. SW Atlanta Christian (15-3)
4. Calvary Day (16-2)
5. Darlington (17-2)
6. Taylor County (14-1)
7. Pace Academy (12-4)
8. Holy Innocents’ (16-4)
9. Gordon Lee (18-2)
10. Pelham (15-2)

Note: Some records may be incorrect or incomplete because of results that have not been reported.

50 comments Add your comment

Peach Basket

January 22nd, 2012
5:44 pm

Region 6AAAA will retain the 4A State Title. It may change schools, but it won’t leave DeKalb Co

Marion Hulsey

January 22nd, 2012
6:18 pm

Why is Portal High School at 15-1 not ranked?

Chris

January 23rd, 2012
7:38 am

Don’t be so sure peach region 4 can hang wit region 6

Johnny Too Good

January 23rd, 2012
7:51 am

In Boys AAAAA, how can a 1 loss Savannah High team be ranked 8th behind 4 teams with 4 or more losses? Including Wheeler who has lost 6 games and Norcross who has lost 7 games?

drew

January 23rd, 2012
8:17 am

Where is Newton at.They are a top ten team.

Old Ball w Laces

January 23rd, 2012
9:28 am

Oh yeah,,,Region 4AAAA has won soooooooooooooo many State Titles in the last 10 yrs.

Pa-leeeeeeeeeeeeeease!

Westlakealum

January 23rd, 2012
10:25 am

Westlake year after year we find ourselves at the top. Our guys are coming off an emotional high as Cam Newton came to our game sponsored us, and talked with the guys. We ready for the ship!!!

tech.grad

January 23rd, 2012
10:37 am

Buford girls are a better team now with Ms. Carter( look out)–Buford boys don’t look to good
right now !! Need to go back to Whiteheart & Buford BB -play better “D” some new players don’t know how to play D..Go back and play like they did to first 14 game–the 6′1″ point guard did a good job in those 14 game so why change ????

Tony

January 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

These polls get funnier every week.

How can 11-7 Norcross be ranked above 12-7 North Gwinnett when North just beat Norcross at Norcross? The Coach’s poll doesn’t even have Norcross in the top 10.

Wheeler is 9-8. with the vast resources of the AJC, I would think that you could get your facts straight.

Go Wolves!

January 23rd, 2012
11:41 am

That’s why you gotta love playoffs

AJCRealAnalysist

January 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

AJC’s poll should say refer to GASPORTS.com. They would never rank multiple under .500 teams in the top 10

hoops fan

January 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

Morgan Co. is 13-4 with 3 of the losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 of their state( 2 teams top 5 in alabama). I think they will be the big sleeper when it comes tournament time. As well as Dublin High school is going to shock some people as well. Dont sleep on the south this year.

Sports Observer

January 23rd, 2012
12:17 pm

Hats off to those Fayette County Teams boys and girls. They just reload year after year. I thought after last season the boys team run would be over but that coach got this new squad right in the thick of things. After the girls won the State Championship with five scholarship players off to college last year they have also reloaded. If I had kids this is where they would go plus get a “Great Education”. Wow

QDog

January 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

You are right SportS Observer, Fayette County teams reload year after year and have been I know for the last 7 years now. Great coaches and a darn good program athletically and academically.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

”How can 11-7 Norcross be ranked above 12-7 North Gwinnett when North just beat Norcross at Norcross? The Coach’s poll doesn’t even have Norcross in the top 10.

Wheeler is 9-8. with the vast resources of the AJC, I would think that you could get your facts straight.”

Tony – You’re kinda negative today, IMHO. You need to read ”The Energy Bus.” …

re: Norcross-North Gwinnett. Are you saying that if one team beats another, that team automatically must be ranked higher? If someone wants to rank North Gwinnett higher, that’s fine. There’s little difference between #3 and #10 But Norcross does have fewer in-state losses and has played a tougher schedule, IMO.

re: Wheeler. I’m sure you have the correct record, but we’re not going to chase every score. I’m sorry. Too many teams. The Associated Press doesn’t attempt to track down W-L records in their records, and our records are up-to-date than gasports. I asked Coach Lip the team’s record after the Etowah game, and he said 6-5 after the Etowah game, and I believe they’re 3-1 since then. If you’ve got better info, then just let us know. We’ll fix it.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:30 pm

”AJC’s poll should say refer to GASPORTS.com. They would never rank multiple under .500 teams in the top 10”

I don’t see any ”under .500 teams” in the top 10.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

”In Boys AAAAA, how can a 1 loss Savannah High team be ranked 8th behind 4 teams with 4 or more losses? Including Wheeler who has lost 6 games and Norcross who has lost 7 games?”

Strength of schedule.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

”Why is Portal High School at 15-1 not ranked?”

Skeptism about Portal’s region and schedule, which went 1-4 last season in the playoffs. Portal is 15-1, yet tied for first after splitting two games with Montgomery County, an 8-10 team. Note that Wilkinson beat Montgomery 72-29.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:41 pm

”Where is Newton at.They are a top ten team.”

Fourth place in their region.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

”Westlake year after year we find ourselves at the top. Our guys are coming off an emotional high as Cam Newton came to our game sponsored us, and talked with the guys.”

Good story. Thanks.

Old Ball w Laces

January 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Todd,

Sorry you have to defend nearly EVERY ranking! I don’t envy you.

“Why isn’t (insert fav school here) ranked in the top 10?!? They beat (insert inferior comp’ here) and St. Joe’s school for the armless by 40, and still haven’t made your top ten. You suck!”

To all out there in the hinterlands……play a Metro ATL Region schedule, survive it by beating other top 10 teams, THEN you can come here and complain about being snubbed

Mr. Wolverine

January 23rd, 2012
3:17 pm

A loss, to some degree, can turn out later to be a great victory. Miller Grove, rightfully so, has to prove that they are the best team in Class AAAA. Although it is hard to look at, I would not look to much into records at this point. Fayette County has always been a strong intense team. Depending how the brackets fall, I can see them being a Final Four team. Coach White is going to show, why he is one of the best at what he does.

The Chamblee loss is a great way to get the entire team focused. Tony Parker is the best player in the state, but needs his supporting cast to play at a higher level. Like I stated last week, the real season has commenced.

Johnny Too Good

January 23rd, 2012
3:24 pm

@Old Ball w Laces………. thats part of journalism………. people are always gonna question proclamations and statements. You cant expect the public to just blindly follow everything said in the papers or television.
If the ajc wants to be a credible and respected media outlet or if a writer wants to be taken seriously they must win over the critics. There will always be a point when the naysayers will want justification and proof
I would like for writers to do a lil more research, but hey I understand the profession. But rankings are no big deal, theres a reason they play the games. It’d be nice to see the rankings published alongside the final season standings

tree

January 23rd, 2012
4:03 pm

keep it up pelham girls, nice team

john fitzpatrick

January 23rd, 2012
4:04 pm

manchester team is one of the smallest team in the state but can play with the big team that a fact

Decaturfinest

January 23rd, 2012
4:54 pm

In regards to MGH rankings I think they were over hyped from the beginning. Very good program but with what they had coming back this year I knew they weren’t that good. Their guard play is very suspect and it showed against good competition. I don’t think they represented GA basketball that well with a record of 1-8. last year team would have fared much better. That 4th title in a row will much tougher to come by. Best team in the state they may not even be the best team in their region.

Todd Holcomb

January 23rd, 2012
6:12 pm

”You cant expect the public to just blindly follow everything said in the papers or television.
If the ajc wants to be a credible and respected media outlet or if a writer wants to be taken seriously they must win over the critics.”

Well said, Johnny. I agree w/ you.

I don’t mind defending the rankings. It makes us work a little hard, knowing that they’ll be critiqued. Sometimes we’re right, sometimes wrong. Some readers make a lot of great points. Others don’t. :) Rankings are just an invitation to discuss high school basketball in Georgia. Not trying to make them more than that. Have fun w/ them. Tell us where we goofed. If you think a team was slighted or underrated, then give that team its due. I’d prefer that readers be civil about it, but I guess that’s part of the game sometimes. Blog on.

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AAABasketballknowitall

January 24th, 2012
2:08 am

Youre going to be hard pressed to find 10 aaa teams in the state that have more impressive resumes than walnut grove. They lost twice early to a strong aaaaa newton team that has had some close losses to other great teams and could make a very deep playoff run come march. Their 1 other loss was to county rival Monroe area and that was a game that they let slip through their fingers after blowing a 15 point lead (also beat that Monroe team by 20+). 17-3 with double digit wins on the road over aaaaa archer (who is themselves having a very good season after returning the bulk off last years sweet 16 team) and perineal powerhouse Gainesville. I saw where you had them ranked last poll and feel they should be in your next 1 if they take care of Gainesville and west hall this week.

Buzz

January 24th, 2012
10:55 am

ODOG and Sports Observer…. It’s called recruiting!!! Fayette Co. has a good program becuase they get kids to come there form other counties like Clayton or Coweta! Most of there Great talent they have gotten in the recent years didn’t even attend the feeder M.S…. ask yourself why??? It;s called recruit them thru AAU and get them an address or have them move into district. I will say this they do have some really good coaches over at FCHS. But they do recruit!!!

Bluestreak

January 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

South GA schools should be given some consideration Richmond Hill Girls basketball team is 16-1 and not rank. Maybe next week, keep working hard Richmond Hill.

Bufordmom

January 24th, 2012
1:16 pm

@Old Ball w Laces…so true!!! Made me laugh out loud at “St. Joe’s school for the armless” :)

Westlakealum

January 24th, 2012
1:27 pm

Strength of schedule is a big contributing factor. If Miller Grove played Fayette County they would beat them handedly. We played both teams this year Miller Grove in the summer and Fayette County the first game of the season. Miller Grove is the better team tons more talent. We beat Fayette by 20 or so. But the beauty of it all is that in less than a month it all will sort itself out. Westlake High we know this 5AAAAA we coming!!!

Old Ball w Laces

January 24th, 2012
2:13 pm

Bufordmom

Thanks:-)

IMJUSAYN

January 24th, 2012
2:44 pm

“South GA schools should be given some consideration Richmond Hill Girls basketball team is 16-1 and not rank.” Bluestreak makes a relevant point. Granted their SOS is average but their only lost is to #2 Statesboro. HUM!! If you are south of Macon, cracking the Top 10 is tough. Maybe that’s where the glass ceiling rest for girls basketball.

WarEagle

January 24th, 2012
3:31 pm

Is it football season yet?

War Eagle

January 24th, 2012
6:04 pm

Buzz, they don’t recruit trust me! My brother is a senior playing for the FCHS boys team and he’s been playing with those guys since the 3rd grade in Fayette County…both school & AAU. They’re all home grown Fayette boys.

War Eagle

January 24th, 2012
6:07 pm

Buzz, don’t talk about what you don’t know.

Benjamin Mitchell

January 25th, 2012
5:55 am

AJC is still looking over south GA school. Savannah high School have not lost a game since the last state rankings came out but drop down from #7 to # 8 don’t make no since to me the only team in the top 10 that has 1 loss everyone else has 2 or more losses. Also effingham County 1 loss in AAAA and just move up 1 spot after Miller Grove lost again and drop from being #1 to #2 come on. There are several teams in AAAA that should be ranked higher then Miller Grove. Richmond Hill girls 17-1 and not even ranked thats crazy. Savannah High has beat several Alanta teams during the Christmas Break winning both Holiday Classic. Sooner or later they will have to show us some respect down here in south ga.

Harold Harris

January 25th, 2012
3:07 pm

Why isn’t Drew Girls team ranked higher in class AAA? They have a record of 16-4 and you have Columbia 11-5 (4th) St. Pius 15-6 (3rd) and Carterville 14-4 (9th) all these teams are ranked higher than Charles Drew girls team. I guess them making it to State last year means no respect this year. Come on AJC show them girls the respect they deserve.

AntBall

January 25th, 2012
7:37 pm

all this love for teams with 9 n 7 losses in 4A,while Pope is 17-3. Double OT lost to bigger Brookwood and then a 4 n 5point lost. I know MGHS n SWD play tough out of state schedules but come on! Now u can move Chamblee out!

Big Deal

January 25th, 2012
8:31 pm

Buzz War Eagle is right. I have trained many of Fayette Co. High School kids over the years and they are home groan. If you look at the middle school, 9th grade, Junior Varsity you will understand.They are good year after year. They are really good. Fayette County High School produce great athletes year after year. The coaches of all programs are on the same page. Middle thru AAU to girls and boys varsity.

The BIG "O"

January 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

Ant

Who has Pope beaten in the current top 10? Chamblee beat lovejoy AND Miller Grove, in addition to playing in Reg 6-4A, the toughest BB region in the state!

North Cobb fan

January 27th, 2012
12:54 am

I don’t understand why you would replace North Cobb for Lowndes county. North Cobb plays in the hardest region against teams such as McEachern and Hillgrove. Both times this season, they have come closer to beating McEachern than any other team. Lowndes county wouldn’t hold a stick to the competition in our region. That has been proven year after year.

Buzz is right

January 27th, 2012
9:33 pm

Buzz is correct. Fayette County does recruit.

They might have all boys from Fayetteville on the team this year War Eagle but trust me Fayette Co has recruited players in the past. Noel Johnson who was a top 50 player coming out of high school who now plays at Auburn transfered to Fayette from near by Lovejoy in Clayton Co. Also going back years ago McIntosh’s best player two years in a row transfered to Fayette Co for their senior years. Your telling me families are moving from Peachtree City right next door to Fayetteville? Highly doubt it since they are so close. Same goes for Noel Johnson who transfered from Lovejoy. Lovejoy may be in Clayton Co but Lovejoy high school isn’t any farther than McIntosh H.S. is from Fayette Co. H.S. Also I know Fayette Co coach recruits. I have seen him bring in two brothers from FCHS to play at another high school in Fayette Co when Fayette’s current coach, coached at a different school.

Charles

January 29th, 2012
12:40 am

Drew Girls have a solid group and may have the most competitive region. They should be on this list

Charles

January 29th, 2012
12:51 am

St. Pius is ranked # 3 they have a common opponent as Drew 49 – Chastatee 23 and St. Pius 50 – Chastatee 30

Charles

January 29th, 2012
12:52 am

The New kid on the block is growing up give them some respect…

UPDATE

January 29th, 2012
11:26 am

@Benjamin Mitchell: Savannah took care of your problem and again lost to Johnson 64-55, that should take care of the problem and drop Savannah completely out. If anyone should be ranked it should be Johnson.

UPDATE

January 29th, 2012
3:38 pm

Hey ANT,the are also in sixth place in their own region.