Boys and girls basketball all-state teams

BOYS

All-classification player of the year: Tony Parker, Miller Grove

CLASS AAAAA

Player of the year: Evan Nolte, Milton

Coach of the year: Tim Jordan, Savannah

First team

G, Anthony Bagtas, Westlake, 6-0, Jr.

G, Chris Bolden, North Gwinnett, 6-2, Sr.

C, Robert Carter, Shiloh, 6-9, Sr.

G, Shaquille Johnson, Milton, 6-5, Sr.

F, Evan Nolte, Milton, 6-8, Sr.

Second team

G, Ryan Blumenthal, Harrison, 6-3, Sr.

G, Yonel Brown, Berkmar, 5-9, Sr.

F, Tevin Glass, Milton, 6-8, Sr.

G, Tadric Jackson, Tift County, 6-2, So.

G, Ty Toney, Alpharetta, 6-1, Jr.

Honorable mention: Jordan Capps, Peachtree Ridge; Stephen Croone, Newton; Kavon Freeman, Savannah; Brandon Goodwin, Norcross; Marshall Guilmette, Harrison; Tim Quarterman, Johnson-Savannah; Charles Mann, Milton; Charles Mitchell, Wheeler; Lee Moore, North Cobb; Sean Morgan, Walton

CLASS AAAA

Player of the year: Marcus Hunt, North Clayton

Coach of the year: Sharman White, Miller Grove

First team

F, Jaron Blossomgame, Chattahoochee, 6-7, Sr.

C, William “Shaq” Goodwin, Southwest DeKalb, 6-8, Sr.

F, Marcus Hunt, North Clayton, 6-6, Sr.

C, Tony Parker, Miller Grove, 6-9, Sr.

G, Jordan Price, Southwest DeKalb, 6-5, Sr.

Second team

F, Vantrail Commings, Douglas County, 6-4, Sr.

G, Devon Edwards, Alcovy, 5-10, Sr.

F, Brandon Morris, Miller Grove, 6-8, Sr.

F, Quinton Stephens, Marist, 6-8, Jr.

C, Justin Tuoyo, Lovejoy, 6-9, Sr.

Honorable mention: Ekene Anachebe, Fayette County; Devin Bellamy, Chamblee; Quentin Edwards, Ware County; Jakeenan Gant, Effingham County; Jermaine Hough, Lovejoy; Greg Murphy, Woodland-Cartersville; Patrick Petty, Jonesboro; Kevon Scott, Cedar Shoals; Markus Terry, Chattahoochee; Devonte Thornton, Osborne

CLASS AAA

Player of the year: Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Columbia, Jr.

Coach of the year: Jarrod Davis, Drew

First team

G, Josh Barge, Carrollton, 6-1, Sr.

F, Jontavious Carter, Crisp County, 6-4, Sr.

F, Brannen Greene, Mary Persons, 6-5, Jr.

G, Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Columbia, 5-9, Jr.

G, Eric Wortham, Eagle’s Landing, 6-5, Jr.

Second team

F, Frank Booker, Westside-Augusta, 6-2, Jr.

F, Derrick Frye, Drew, 6-5, Sr.

G, Tristen Harrell, Dalton, 6-2, Sr.

F, Jarmal Reid, Columbia, 6-7, Sr.

F, Jhaustin Thomas, Columbia, 6-7, Sr.

Honorable mention: Juwan Burden, Washington County; Kyle Doyle, Josey; Rantavious Gilbert, Monroe; Chris Horton, Columbia; Darius Miles, Washington; Nick Peters, Walnut Grove; Desmond Ringer, Eagle’s Landing; Dimychael Ross, Allatoona; Ronkeem Sallywhite, Thomson; Brandon Watkins, Grady

CLASS AA

Player of the year: Devin Atkins, Vidalia

Coach of the year: Jerry Hunter, Laney

First team

G, Devin Atkins, Vidalia, 5-6, Sr.

F, Willie Clayton, Thomasville, 6-7, Sr.

G, Timothy Pierce, Albany, 6-2, Sr.

C, T.J. Shipes, Buford, 6-7, Sr.

G, Jammie West, Laney, 6-2, Sr.

Second team

G, Josh “J.C.” Hampton, East Hall, 6-1, Sr.

G, Jerome Hill, Cook, 6-5, Sr.

C, Marcus Powell, Jordan, 6-5, Sr.

G, Delano Spencer, Greater Atlanta Christian, 6-2, Jr.

G, Saiquan Terry, Manchester, 5-11, Sr.

Honorable mention: Tyler Bradley, Coosa; Nick Burke, Putnam County; Shaq Calhoun, Model; Shaquille Cook, Laney; Tyler Dominey, Dawson County; Leonard Floyd, Dodge County; DeShon Nails, Tattnall County; Tanner Plemmons, Rabun County; Collin Swinton, Greater Atlanta Christian; C.J. Turman, Morgan County
CLASS A

Player of the year: Kenneth Gaines, Whitefield Academy

Coach of the year: Ron Link, Athens Christian
First team

F, Emmanuel Ezoua, Lanier County, 6-4, Sr.

G, Kenneth Gaines, Whitefield Academy, 6-3, Sr.

F, Houston Kessler, Landmark Christian, 6-8, Sr.

F, Eric Lockett, Whitefield Academy, 6-7, So.

F, Armani Moore, Mount Paran Christian, 6-5, Sr.

Second team

F, Junior Gnonkonde, Lanier County, 6-6, Sr.

G, Ahmed Hill, Aquinas, 6-4, So.

G, William Jackson, Athens Christian, 6-4, Fr.

C, Demarcus Daniels, Turner County, 6-5, Sr.

G, Keenan Palmore, Paideia, 6-2, Sr.

Honorable mention: Corey Harris, North Cobb Christian; Stephon Jelks, North Cobb Christian; Zach Lillie, Athens Christian; Austin Montgomery, Lakeview Academy; Stacey Morgan, Portal; Zuriel Muhammad, Turner County; Vincent Powell, Calhoun County; Michael Scott, Aquinas; Connor Smith, St. Francis; Shane Smith, Wesleyan

GIRLS

All-classification player of the year: Pachiyaanna Roberts, McEachern

CLASS AAAAA

Player of the year: Diamond DeShields, Norcross

Coach of the year: Phyllis Arthur, McEachern

First team

G, Lexie Brown, North Gwinnett, 5-10, Jr.

G, Diamond DeShields, Norcross, 6-1, Jr.

F, Pachiyaanna Roberts, McEachern, 5-11, Sr.

G, Kylee Smith, Alpharetta, 5-11, Jr.

G, Dominique Wilson, McEachern, 5-8, Sr.

Second team

F, Shayla Cooper, Norcross, 6-1, Jr.

G, Destinie Gibbs, McEachern, 5-9, Sr.

F, Nikki Hegstetter, Harrison, 6-2, Sr.

G, Celina Rodrigo, Hillgrove, 5-6, Sr.

G, Aisha Turner-Johnson, Westlake, 5-7, Sr.

Honorable mention: Alexis Alexander, Alpharetta; Makensie Block, Woodstock; Taylor Gordon, North Cobb; Erika Joseph, Parkview; Andreona Keys, Roswell; Kaliyah Mitchell, Stephenson; Makeba Ponder, Colquitt County; Katie Powell, Duluth; Courtney Sprague, Marietta; Peyton Whitted, North Gwinnett

CLASS AAAA

Player of the year: Lucy Mason, Chamblee

Coach of the year: Renee Breedlove, Miller Grove

First team

G, Ashlee Cole, Forest Park, 5-8, Sr.

G, Lucy Mason, Chamblee, 5-5, Sr.

F, Breana McDonald, Chamblee, 6-0, Sr.

C, Christin Mercer, Douglas County, 6-1, Sr.

G, Gabby Seiler, McIntosh, 5-4, Jr.

Second team

G, Kenyona Armstrong, Warner Robins, 5-7, Sr.

C, Haley Gerrin, Habersham Central, 6-2, Sr.

F, Aliyah Johnson, Richmond Hill, 5-9, Sr.

G, Brianna McQueen, Mundy’s Mill, 5-6, Sr.

C, Ashley Williams, Alcovy, 6-0, Jr.

Honorable mention: Kimberly Dawkins, Jonesboro; Kym Ellison, Hardaway; Tabitha Fudge, Miller Grove; Tianna Germain, South Effingham; Alisia Jenkins, Statesboro; Christina Johnson, Lambert; Tashara Jones, Lithia Springs; Daquenna Moore, Lee County; Tashi Thompson, Miller Grove; Meagan Tucker, Alcovy

CLASS AAA

Player of the year: Allisha Gray, Washington County

Coach of the year: Chantay Frost, Columbia

First team

F, Gabby Bevillard, Oconee County, Jr.

G, Zuri Frost, Columbia, 5-4, Sr.

G, Allisha Gray, Washington County, 6-0, Jr.

G, Precious Person, Drew, 6-2, Sr.

G, Elise Spann, Allatoona, 5-10, Jr.

Second team

G, DyTiesha Dunson, Westover, 5-8, Sr.

G, Kenyata Hendrix, Carrollton, 5-10, Jr.

G, Kaelyn Irby, Cartersville, 5-6, Sr.

F, McKenna Rushton, North Hall, 5-11, Sr.

G, Miah Spencer, Columbia, 5-6, Jr.

Honorable mention: Danielle Clark, Stone Mountain; Zonesha Davis, Rutland; Alexis Ezell, Allatoona; Azia Gibson, Westside-Augusta; Tiana Grissom, Woodward Academy; Brittany Lowman, Gilmer; Nasheema Oliver, Crisp County; Brittany Tatum, LaGrange; Ieshia Young, Westover; Sheniqua Young, Monroe

CLASS AA

Player of the year: Tatianna Jackson, Lovett

Coach of the year: Liz Kennedy, Lovett

First team

G, Kaela Davis, Buford, 6-2, Jr.

F, Tatianna Jackson, Lovett, 5-9, Sr.

G, Jasmine Jenkins, East Hall, 5-8, Sr.

G, Jasmine Mapp, Brooks County, 5-10, Sr.

F, Timia Reynolds, Model, 5-9, Jr.

Second team

G, Queen Alford, Decatur, 5-9, Sr.

C, Ariel Butts, Carver-Columbus, 6-3, Sr.

F, Brianna Cummings, Greater Atlanta Christian, 5-10, So.

G, Ta’Kierra Gibbs, Putnam County, 5-8, Sr.

G, Morgan Jackson, East Hall, 6-0, Sr.

Honorable mention: Andrea Benford, Morgan County; Andraya Carter, Buford; Ginny Channell, North Oconee; Quiondra Darrisaw, Dublin; Krista Dixon, Rabun County; Jermika Gibson, Laney; Jordan Livesay, River Ridge; Keamoney Locke, Jeff Davis; Taylor Palmer, Calhoun; Sydney Umeri, Lovett;

CLASS A

Player of the year: Holli Wilkins, Wesleyan

Coach of the year: Jan Azar, Wesleyan

First team

G, Morgan Batey, Pace Academy, 5-11, Sr.

F, Keyona Hayes, St. Francis, 6-2, Sr.

F, Shavontae Naylor, SW Atlanta Christian, 5-8, Sr.

F, Holli Wilkins, Wesleyan, 6-0, Sr.

G, Courtney Williams, Charlton County, 5-9, Sr.

Second team

G, Gabby Arencibia, Towns County, 5-11, Sr.

F, Kelsey Ellis, Calvary Day, 5-8, Sr.

G, Katie Frerking, Wesleyan, 6-1, Jr.

G, Nigia Greene, St. Francis, 5-9, Jr.

C, Artisha Holston, Taylor County, 6-0, Sr.

Honorable mention: Kassidy Blevins, Gordon Lee; McKenzie Bolden, Holy Innocents’; Mykeshia Darden, Greenville; Jordan Frazier, Wesleyan; Antania Graddic, Turner County; Moses Johnson, Greenforest Christian; Shameekia Murray, Claxton; Ta’Shaunessy Reese, Pelham; Terar Stewart, Darlington; Haley Zwecker, Pace Academy

50 comments Add your comment

KD

March 23rd, 2012
4:15 pm

How can you leave off Ken Jackson, from Monroe Area(8AAA player of the year) and have a kid from the same region as honorable mention ??

Hoops Fan

March 23rd, 2012
5:42 pm

I agree how you leave off ken jackson as well.the kid had one of best season of any player in 3a. It’s also equally as crazy the freshman Brown from Morgan co. was not even honorable mention much less 1st or 2nd team. It mite help if you guys actually cover games and be able to give descent listing of the best players from the best teams. Come AJC!!!!

Do What???

March 23rd, 2012
9:10 pm

Charles Mann arguably the best PG in the state, one of the state’s most heavily recruited players is no better than honorable mention on the AJC All State team???? Are you kidding me??????? Good grief, an All State team without Mann loses credibility as a legit All State team. How do you leave the top ranked player at his position off the team? Is he a political casualty since he attends Milton? Or is it more of the anti-Univ of Georgia bias? When Bolden is ahead of Mann, that’s a joke. It’s the only time he’s ever finished ahead of Mann. The AJC always showing the bias.

Shawdaddy

March 23rd, 2012
10:22 pm

Congratulations to Evan Nolte on a great career and a great POY honor. Also congratulations to Shaquille for a great year. I think Charles Mann probably should have been 2nd team. After seeing Chris Bolden in the quarter final game against Milton, I would agree with him on the first team. The best high school pure shooter I have seen in a while.

DeKalbistheGreatest

March 24th, 2012
12:59 am

AAA and AAAA boys and girls should be all Dekalb with an exception of the Gray girl from WACO on the 2nd team.

TCRebs

March 24th, 2012
8:10 am

I am glad to see several south Georgia players recognized from a paper it the Atlanta journal Constitution. Thank you for your thoughts and comments about Turner Co. this past year in basketball.

Hey @ Do what???

March 24th, 2012
8:15 am

Hey do what? I’m sure there is a 5′9 pg over at Columbia high who is just a junior but, already a 2X AAA player of the year and, probably well on his way to a 3rd one next year, that would have something to say about your “Best PG in the state” claim….nothing against your boy but I just gotta be honest. Btw If im not mistaken, they announced at one of CHS games that he has already broken the state career assist mark with another year to go!

Middle GA

March 24th, 2012
9:09 am

Congrats to AAAA Warner Robins’ Kenyona Armstrong! Not the tallest but definitely one of the best in the state, overall!

Milton Man

March 24th, 2012
11:31 am

I would switch Mann and Shaq Johnson’s places on the list.

G-dub

March 24th, 2012
12:20 pm

@Hey @Do what???… Tahj at CHS hands down #1 pg in state. 3 year starter 3 state titles and possibly a 4th next year. Mann ain’t got nothing on that.

johnny too good

March 24th, 2012
12:58 pm

Congrats to Coach J

Eagle1

March 24th, 2012
1:27 pm

Tahj Shamsid Deen hands down best point guard in the state!!!

pat

March 24th, 2012
1:51 pm

IN CLASS 5AA HOW DID MARCUS POWELL MAKE SECOND TEAM AND JEFF BLANTON WAS THE BEST PLAYER ON THE TEAM.REGION PLAYER MVP.WHO VOTED ON THIS CRAP.HE DESERVE TO BE ON THIS ALL STATE TEAM.LED THEM TO THE FINAL FOUR,

David

March 24th, 2012
2:31 pm

You’re crazy. Chris Bolden>>>>>Charles Mann

BrunoBars

March 24th, 2012
2:59 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but I would think if you are voted as the top player in the State, by default you would be the top player in your classifcation. Just saying.

BrunoBars

March 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

Is it just me, but if you are voted State Player of the Year, wouldn’t you also be voted as the best player in your classification? Just saying…

All State

March 24th, 2012
3:05 pm

To leave Ken Jackson off of the list ruins all credibility of the all-state team. How many other players averaged 27 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, 5 assists per game and 4 steals per game? He scored 30+ 13 times this season and finished his career with almost 1,900 points. He is hands down a 1st team all state performer, and easily the best point guard in the state.

@all state

March 24th, 2012
4:02 pm

maybe you need to read the comments above about Tahj Shamsid-deen. Ken jackson may be good. and it may be sad that he was left off the team but he is no where near “easily the best pg in the state”. that title belongs to the floor general over at Columbia High!

vidalia fan man

March 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

lm glad to see ajc pick in AA devin pop atkins player of the year at 5′6 instead of some 6′4 or6′5 guy who didnt deserve the award pop was the best player class AA this year hands down by along shot he took vidalia to the final fourthe first time vidalia has been there since 1982 he was a shooting machine from the first game till the last game of the year vidalia woulnt have gone to the final four without him ajc yall got that one right thumbs up

West Ga

March 24th, 2012
10:54 pm

We all have our opinions and we may even agree on some points but I do think they did a good job on the various names. We are talking about a lot of schools, thus a lot of players. Many things had to be considered and I wouldn’t want to be on that board. With so much talent out here it would be impossible for anyone to get the list in a fashion that we all will agree. Congratulations to Christin Mercer and Tashara Jones…way to go girls!

T Luv

March 25th, 2012
7:11 am

Sometimes I think your voters miss out on some great talent in the Augusta, Ga….this year in particular…..Its my opinion that Kyle Doyle (Josey), Frank Booker (Westside) and Juwan Burden (Washington Co) all should’ve been chosen 1st team class AAA picks and I think all three got hosed…..I attended the North-South Georgia Junior/Senior All Star game in Savannah Georgia yesterday and all three players atoned for themselves very nicely as the South squad annialated the North squad in both games with Frank Booker winning MVP of the Junior All Star game ….I’ll put those 3 players up against any 3 players in the state…..So I say to you AJC….DON’T SLIP ON THE WEALTH OF TALENT IN THE AUGUSTA AREA as we are loaded with talent….and I haven’t even mention great high schhol players like Jamie West (Laney), Shaquille Cook (Laney), Ronkeem Sallywhite (Thomson) and Ahmed Hill (Aquanis)…..

Eagle1

March 25th, 2012
6:36 pm

@t luv so are u suggesting taking off Tahj,Eric,and Brannen and replacing them with who???? Idk i will take those 3 jrs over any in AAA!!

Mr. Wolverine

March 25th, 2012
9:54 pm

Hold Up, Stop the presses! Can the AJC please explain why the Class 4A State Champion girls basketball team does not have a player on the First or Second Team All-State. Junior guard Tashi Thompson average 15.5 points per game and shot 40 percent or better from behind the arch, Senior post player Tabitha Fudge averged a double/double, and point guard Katy averaged 12 points and six assist per game. So basically, the aforementioned players are considered Honorable Mention because they didn’t average 20 plus points. I need to know what’s the criteria for All-State? Like someone said, the list does not seem very credible.

@Do What?? Not having Milton point guard Charles Mann on the First or Second team All-State is very absurd.
@Eagle1 Tahj is the best point guard in the state that nobody is talking about.

white

March 25th, 2012
10:02 pm

PUT KEN JACKSON ON CHS, MILLER GROVE AND THEY DONT LOSE A GAME. KID BETTER THAN MANNM,TAHJ, ETC… HE IS BEST GUARD IN STATE, IF HE PLAYED FOR SWD THEY WOULD HAVE DESTROYED MG.

Once an Indian, Always an Indian

March 26th, 2012
10:23 am

Congrats Devin “Pop” Atkins of Vidalia! Not a more deserving player. Pop understands basketball and is just an all around great guy! Kudos to him, his parents, coaches and teammates!

Question

March 26th, 2012
10:23 am

How in 4A do you have girls on the 1st team Gabby Siler, Ashlee Cole and on the 2nd team Williams, Armstrong, McQueen who weren’t even selected to play in the GACA All-Star Game? Hard to believe you can be an all state player and not get selected by the coaches in the to play in the all star game! It might help if you people at the AJC actually watched girls basketball more than just the Final Four.

Mr. Wolverine

March 26th, 2012
1:01 pm

@White. May, I ask who is Ken Jackson? Who does he play for. You are making some bold claims sir. Christian Houston did a solid job his only season at the point for MG and Kendarius Turner, in my opinion, was the heartbeat for SWD.

I highly doubt if the player is better than Tahj or Mann.

@Seth or Todd- What is the criteria of all state. I still have a beef about none of MG’s players making the First or Second Team All-State.

J.Hill

March 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

It makes no sense that the AJC would select Pachis Roberts as the GA State player of the year and turn around and select Diamond Desheilds as the Class AAAAA Player of the year. Repeat – “Makes No Sense”!!!!

Jake Sneed

March 26th, 2012
3:03 pm

@Mr.Wolverine..I don’t think there was anyone on that team who deserved to be first or second team! Maybe 3rd team if they had it.. but thats just my opinion..No one from that team even made the North-South All star team Junior or Senior team, and with good reason, they didn’t have any one that good on that team..Congrats on the State title but lets not get crazy..if Lucy Mason didn’t make the All-Star game i am confused how you firgured anyone from Miller Groove should have been on that team? Breedlove deserves coach of the year for the majic job she did with that team

wes

March 26th, 2012
8:00 pm

Dang. Georgia Tech is gonna be freaking LOADED.

Mr. Wolverine

March 26th, 2012
9:05 pm

@Jake Sneed.. Tashi Thompson scored 15.4 points per game and shot 40 percent from the three point line, Tabitha Fudge, a Highpoint University signee (Division I), averaged a double double, point guard Katie Hunt is one of the best floor managers in the state. She veraged 12.3 points and six assist per game. MG competed in the arguably the state’s toughest region and knocked off ranked oponents. I could mention a few more players, but MG has a team with good balance.
Since when making the All-Star game validates you as an All-Star. I can garuntee you that most of those players on that “All-Star Team” played sub-par competition or smaller classification.
Its not just players on Miller Grove, but players like Lucy Mason, etc.
In retrospect, the best never play in the North/South game. In my opinion, the game is watered down and gets no type of coverage.

Demonfan1

March 27th, 2012
7:49 am

@ Question…..Armstrong was selected to the GACA Senior all star game and did very well…..

coach

March 27th, 2012
11:10 am

Mr. Wolverine I know you maybe bias to MG, but I think Jackson doesn’t get press because he plays for Monroe. AJC is biased towards Dekalb and Atl. But who is Jackson just google the name. I know Houston can play but this kid is a better overall player. I am telling you if he played for MG, the games would not be close. I seen the kid from CHS and Jackson is just as good. I think coaches from AAA can tell you who this kid is. Thats why he is not known because he killed this region for four years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKjD60jGuhE

coach

March 27th, 2012
11:10 am

#12 in white is jackson

coach

March 27th, 2012
11:16 am

I am also voting for Tookie Brown from Morgan County. He is only a freshmen and started!!!!

hssport

March 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

I realize that b-ball award teams are biased towards offense. But the mg girls won with superb defense and fantastic rebounding. It is hard to understand how the best Def player (Fudge), The best shot blocker (Weaver) and the best Def Guard ( Hunt ) dont get more recognition. Thompson truly deserves her recognition because she plays an opportunistic offensive game that opponents never really figured out. If MG scores 50 they beat any opponent including the 5A champ.

Lawanda

March 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

Kylee Smith totally deserved 1st team. She has worked hard all year and her hard work has paid off. Congrats Kylee!

tj

March 28th, 2012
11:35 am

I have watch a lot of basketball this year. There is a lot of the buddy buddy system when these teams are selected from the all-region , all metro, and all state. the journalist doesn’t cover basketball as well as they cover football. This is reason a Kenny Jackson was omitted with the combination of coaches greed from the their to look successful. So the Kenny’s of the world don’t worry about it now it is only their opinion of you. Just show them at the next level.

Terry Tatum

March 28th, 2012
11:38 pm

How could Lagrange Girls Brittany Tatum #4 not make first team she is probably the best skilled guard in state of ga. period, stats Gms 28, PPG 18.0, Pts High 29, Shooting % .580, 3 Pts Made 50, 3 Pt % .400, Assists PG 6.0, Reb PG 3.0, Reb High 6, Steals PG 4.0, Blocked PG 1.0,Brittany had seven 20 pt games during region play avg 19.8 points against region oppenents and she had 21 straight double digit point games, 19 of her double digit points came against teams over 500pct. Had a run of 6 straight 20+ games ,23,20,29,22.20.25, points while avg 6 assts during the strenght of LG schedule, with only 1 returning starter, Brittany was doubled and Box in 1 most games.

video link http://www.ihigh.com/lagrangehighga/video_905759.html

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March 30th, 2012
1:48 am

[...]  Georgia State Basketball has a pair of all-state commits – RJ Hunter was named to the Indiana all-state team and future Lady Panther Morgan Jackson earned 2nd team all-state. [...]

Ball Girl

March 31st, 2012
7:20 am

Great list for the girls. Pachiyanna Roberts all classification player of the year. Congrats! She is not ranked high enough on hoop gurlz. I wonder why. Maybe not in the click over there in Suwanee. Kristina Nelson ranked as #30 over all – #5 post for 2013 on hoop gurlz and didn’t make first team, 2nd team or the honorable mention list. Peyton Whitted from North Gwinnett slipped in on the hoop gurlz rankings at #60 for 2013 and she is an honorable mention. The ranking machines of the world don’t always know best. Thanks goodness for state writers who gets to see these players in full, which allows them to make good decisions.

Ball Girl

March 31st, 2012
7:24 am

Big conflict of interest Suwanne, Ga and Hoop Gurlz. Georgia please wake up!

hoopin

March 31st, 2012
10:11 am

BrunoBars

April 1st, 2012
8:19 am

I agree with you Ball Girl. If you are not in certain cirlces, you wont get noticed. The proof is on the court and anyone with eyes knows Patch was a Beast. If you are not in the “clique” and go to all the high cost “evaluations and camps” then you wont get the love. I tell my daughter to keep playing hard and getting better, all we need is 1 college to like her.

lakers fan

April 3rd, 2012
8:39 am

hey i totally agree with you Brunobars , sports is so political now, your are right if you pay these scouts the money and attend thier camp the rankings will come and most dont match player skill sets, there are tons of kids out there that are way better than the elite Hoopzgirl and espn rankings but you have to pay your dues to the elite club to get in, than the colleges buy in to recruiting these kids because it makes for a good recruiting class , a lot of these kids are recruited on potential while the none members of the elite club has kids that are producing but doesnt have the media hype or have not paid the right people or should i say patronize the right people.

politics

April 3rd, 2012
2:09 pm

Hype Hype, i see a lot of kids get it at an early age and never loose it even if they don’t improve or have the numbers to justify the hype, being around the ATL media hub and paid evaluators helps , had the opportunity to talk to Hoopzgirl writer at exposure event , i asked how do you guys rank these kids , ” we look at can they do what they do in high at next level, my question was well you have a lot of kids ranked that are producing on high school level, well we also look at potential to be good, man i need that crystal ball to win lotto, i asked if i send you my daughters film will you at least give her some ranking , next week we got an invite to attend his buddy evauluation camp in ATL area for some $ , we didnt go and of course we didnt get any ranking or request for the tape, so is it really about giving kids a fair assessment or is it all about money.

Firefighter1

April 6th, 2012
1:32 am

I’ve had an opportunity to see a lot of guards in the state of Georgia, and Tony Bagtas of Westlake is the best true point guard of all. His basketball IQ trumps them all. His ability to mix and match his skill set through the course of a game is pure genius. The kid is that deal. I’ve seen a lot of kids get over hyped, and receive recognition they don’t deserve. But this kid is the truth. His ability to score in the double digits, and have double digit assists shows that he’s unselfish and is efficient in his scoring. This is an era of selfishness, and this kid shares the ball equally amongst his teammates without taking away from his game. Hands down, number one point guard in the state.

North Cobb Fan

April 8th, 2012
2:59 pm

Congrats to Lee Moore for getting honorable mentions for AAAAA all state as a junior. Expecting even better things next year! Warrior Nation!

hoopin

April 10th, 2012
6:13 pm

Correction- Kristina Nelson Honorable Mention

tony

April 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

The girls list is so political. Why can’t the good players be recognized?