AAA basketball: Five boys teams to watch

Here are five boys teams to watch in the Class AAA basketball tournament, which begins on Saturday:

Columbia: By almost any account, the Eagles (26-1) are the class of the class. Point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen is worth more than 30 points a game, scoring 12.7 and dishing out 9.6 assists. Three other players, Jarmal Reid, Jhaustin Thomas and Nate Mason, average double-figure scoring, and Thomas and Chris Horton are excellent rebounders. Columbia has won 35 straight games against teams from Georgia.

Carrollton: The Trojans (25-3) shoot well from the perimeter and have three legitimate threats in Josh Barge (19.6 ppg), Telvin Brown and Riley Criswell. Carrollton avenged its two losses to Georgia schools in the 6-AAA tournament, including a 61-58 win over Troup in the region title game. They’ve held 23 of 28 opponents under 60 points.

Washington County: The Golden Hawks reeled off 22 wins to start the season but have stumbled over their past four games, losing three. So they go into the state tournament as a No. 4 seed, and in AAA they’re probably the most likely 4 seed to make some noise. Leading scorer Juwan Burden (17 ppg) and freshman A.J. Gray are two intriguing players, and despite their swoon of late, their defense gives them a chance to advance.

Eagle’s Landing: The Golden Eagles were a state semifinalist last year and in 6-10 Desmond Ringer and 6-5 Eric Wortham, The Golden Eagles (25-3) have the size to stay with anyone inside. Ringer frequently draws double- and triple-team defenses, and is adept at getting the ball to teammates on the perimeter. If they shoot well, Eagle’s Landing is very difficult to beat. Their three losses are to Drew (twice) and Columbia.

Drew: The Titans (24-4), playing in just their third full varsity season, have hit full stride under Jarrod Davis. The Region 4-AAA champions may have the most senior-laden roster in the field, with 11 on their 14-man roster. Barry Mayes, Rufus Brown and Derrick Frye give them three legitimate scoring threats.

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27 comments Add your comment

Pac Man

February 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

Prediction…. Someone in the top 10 will be upset this weekend….Shhh, dont tell anyone….lol

G-dub

February 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

FIRST!!!!!!!!

G-dub

February 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

Aw Pac Man you beat me to it, when I was typing there were no comments. But that’s ok. There may be an upset or two but I think Columbia is going all the way with no problem. They never take a game off and if you can’t match ther intensity for four quarters you are in trouble

Ga BBALL Fan

February 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

Columbia will not lose. the question is can anyone keep it close.

G-dub

February 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

True GaBBALL Fan Columbia has great coaching, potent offense, tenacious defense and a strong will to win. They seem to not ever have a bad game.

ATLnative

February 23rd, 2012
3:59 pm

Drew Titans all the way!!!

ron

February 23rd, 2012
5:59 pm

Waco Hawks picked a fine time to go into a tailspin. Their schedule hurt them more than anything,being in the 3-AAA south division where they were matched against inferior competition as opposed to the 3-AAA north division consisting of Westside-Agusta,T.W. Josey,Thompson which would have been more competitive.
Yes defending champion Columbia is the class of the boys AAA division, the only thing that can dethrone them would be injuries to at least two of their key players.

Chris

February 24th, 2012
12:00 pm

Washington let’s go down to Troup and come back with a victory!!!!!

tre

February 24th, 2012
12:03 pm

Eagle Landing got a good team and coach .We should go all the the way with Eric .Isaiah and they need to play Jordan session a little more ..Go Eagle………………….

G-dub

February 24th, 2012
2:12 pm

@tre Columbia owns Eagle Landing why would things all of a sudden change. I defintly understand you supporting your team but you should go all the way should read you hope to go all the way. I think Columbia is the most dominant team in the state but that’s why they play the game. Good luck!

Jfield

February 24th, 2012
2:35 pm

Anybody know when the Columbia and Shaw game will be play? Date and Time?

Eagleman

February 24th, 2012
3:36 pm

@jfield Columbia and shaw plays tonight at 7 Columbia’s boys and girls teams are doing a double header girls gm start at 6

real talk

February 24th, 2012
10:17 pm

Eagle’s Landing would do a lot better if the coach did more than huff and puff and COACH the team! He has lots of talent on his team, but they can’t play and coach themselves. He was totally out-coached against Drew last week. EL didn’t stand a chance. But they can do it!

UGA Fan...

February 25th, 2012
6:43 am

@Chris, that aint gone happen!!!

atlanta bball player

February 25th, 2012
10:31 am

Eagles landing or carrolton should win the state. Thats only if eagles landings coach plays the right players and control his emotions.

Chris

February 25th, 2012
10:40 pm

@ UGA Fan Washington 65 Troup 54 its over

DecaturFinest

February 25th, 2012
11:06 pm

@atlanta bball player is that so just ignore the 2 time defending champs Columbia. They already whipped Eagles landing. I don’t see anybody beating Columbia three-peat is in affect.

Eagle1

February 26th, 2012
1:30 pm

@atlanta bball player u must be from another planet or something? So just forget about 2time defending champs Columbia!! Another fan who doesn’t have a clue to what’s going on in AAA ball.

Truth

February 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

Calm down eagle fans Atlanta Bbll is just a little under the weather. U know it’s been hot lately and gas going up. U have to excuse some people. Some are just bias and not realistic. Like Waco boys, Grady knights, shaw and otherws

Pac Man

February 27th, 2012
9:32 am

Truth: Which high school team do you support?

Truth

February 27th, 2012
4:00 pm

Eagles. Let me clarify. Columbia eagles. How about u PAC man

Truth

February 27th, 2012
4:07 pm

PAC man u with Grady I assume.

TruFan

February 28th, 2012
1:20 pm

Don’t forget that Drew beat Eagles Landing twice, really easy wins or should I say comfortable wins. So, please, please, please don’t count Drew out…or maybe you should. An upset is always sweet!!!

columbia track star

February 28th, 2012
7:33 pm

Columbia is the team to beat coach mccrary is just a great coach.

pjbrave

February 29th, 2012
3:19 pm

For those who have not seen Columbia: when they face your team you will realize that Columbia is something different. Most teams left in the playoffs have a good starting 5, but Columbia goes about 10-12 deep at times and they play a pressure Defense. Its hard to match that at the high school level

vsdeen

March 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

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vsdeen

March 2nd, 2012
6:01 pm

with columbia graduating only four seniors, we will be back for a shot at the ship next year.go eagles