Preseason boys basketball rankings

By Score Atlanta

Sharman White has never had to replace five starters before, but the Miller Grove coach feels confident that the eight players he has returning plus point guard Keith Pinckney could lead the Class AAAAA No. 1 Wolverines to yet another state title.

“We’ve gotta mesh together,” said White. “We’ve got a nice mix of youth and experience.”

White would go on to say of the traditionally-tough Region 6-AAAAA “the state champions come out of this region.” The region boasts the top four teams in Class AAAAA with 2011-12 finalist Southwest DeKalb checking in at No. 2, Stephenson beginning the year No. 3 and Tucker sitting at No. 4.

Brannen Greene and Tadric Jackson helped make Tift County the Class AAAAAA No. 2 team to start the 2012-13 season. Tony Bagtas and Kejuan Johnson have Westlake in a position to challenge for a state title while North Cobb offers enough of an inside-outside punch that could take the Warriors to the semifinals or farther. No. 4 Wheeler also appears to be back with Daniel Giddens and Jaylen Brown leading the Wildcats’ charge.

Jabari McGhee has Monroe fans thinking that this could be a special year in Class AAAA but Eagle’s Landing has the best collection of talent in the entire classification. Desmond Ringer and Eric Wortham are a talented duo that will make life difficult for opponents. No. 3 Jonesboro has Chukedubem Okeke in addition to a pair of football player in Patrick Petty and Cameron Sutton who will make the switch to the hardwood once the football season is finished. No. 4 Columbia will play this season, its first without Phillip McCrary, but Tahj Shamsid-Deen is back in the Eagles’ backcourt to help Columbia’s repeat bid.

In Class AAA, Buford and Morgan County could be the only teams that could keep the title away from the greater Savannah area with Johnson-Savannah and Savannah loaded and ready to contend in the new AAA. Savannah nearly won the 2011-12 Class AAAAA crown last year before falling to Milton in the final, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to think Savannah could win it all. Tim Quarterman is a star for Johnson-Savannah.

North Cobb Christian and Athens Christian are the two best teams in Class A and look for Wilkinson County and Gordon Lee to also make some noise in the state’s smallest classification.

Boys Basketball Rankings

CLASS AAAAAA

1. Norcross

2. Tift County

3. Wheeler

4. Westlake

5. North Cobb

6. Milton

7. Shiloh

8. Peachtree Ridge

9. Alpharetta

10. Berkmar

CLASS AAAAA

1. Miller Grove

2. Southwest DeKalb

3. Stephenson

4. Tucker

5. Drew

6. Cedar Shoals

7. Jones County

8. Northside-Warner Robins

9. Gainesville

10. Hardaway

CLASS AAAA

1. Eagle’s Landing

2. Monroe

3. Jonesboro

4. Columbia

5. North Clayton

6. Fayette County

7. Marist

8. Carrollton

9. Dalton

10. Ridgeland

CLASS AAA

1. Johnson-Savannah

2. Savannah

3. Morgan County

4. Buford

5. East Hall

6. Central-Carroll

7. North Hall

8. North Murray

9. Dodge County

10. Central-Macon

CLASS AA

1. Laney

2. Manchester

3. Greater Atlanta Christian

4. Vidalia

5. Early County

6. Jordan

7. Bleckley County

8. Brooks County

9. Screven County

10. Coosa

CLASS A – Private

1. North Cobb Christian

2. Athens Christian

3. Whitfield Academy

4. Landmark Christian

5. Greenforest Christian

6. Lakeview Academy

7. Aquinas

8. St. Francis

9. Hebron Christian

10. Mt. Pisgah

CLASS A – Public

1. Mitchell County

2. Wilcox County

3. Wilkinson County

4. Gordon Lee

5. Turner County

6. Lanier County

7. Hawkinsville

8. Portal

9. Claxton

10. Commerce

19 comments Add your comment

South Georgia B-ball

November 9th, 2012
10:14 am

WALB out of Albany is reporting that Tift County is under investigation by GHSA. It’s on the station’s website.

Fred Said

November 9th, 2012
10:17 am

I told y’all football preseason, and I’m telling y’all now. Go ahead and put them Monroe Area Hurricanes to the mid pack in AAAA.
Stop looking like a stubborn, ignorant Lamont Sanford fool!

Just as soon as Football Season is over, and Goolsby gets them boys work’n, y’all in fo a treat!

Region 1AAAAAA

November 9th, 2012
10:25 am

Yeah Tift County could be in for a world of hurting! Long overdue!

dekalbcounty football

November 9th, 2012
10:27 am

Would you look at the preseason BASKETBALL poll. Region 6 AAAAA is not just a football region. We have 4 of the top 10 ranked in the state. You heard it hear first watch out for the mighty Lions of MLK! Shhhhhh……..

Northside Dawg

November 9th, 2012
11:32 am

Good gosh! Northside ranked #8 in basketball. Where’d that come from?

NCHS fan

November 9th, 2012
11:59 am

North Cobb returning all 5 starters that made an elite 8 run that lost to the state runner -up and goets a pre-season #5? They start the season off with #8 peachtree Ridge and #1 private school North Cobb Christian. If they come out with 2 wins they will prove they deserve a much higher ranking. this season for th Warriors is going to be huge. I can see them easily making it to the final 4! Go Warriors!

NEGAbballobserver

November 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

Quote me if I am wrong. I believe this may be the very first time (or has been a VERY long time) Lakeview Basketball has been ranked preseason..

Hubert Green

November 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

The greatest irony is that the biggest undue influence with Tift County had to do with the hiring of B Green’s mother at Tift. I’m sure she would have been hired without her 5 star son.

Stan

November 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

Hebron really

Ken Price

November 9th, 2012
6:09 pm

i HOPE Northside Dawg has been to some of our games. If not check us out Nov 16th at NHS. Spread the word, we want to be like our big brother, our football team!

Northside Dawg

November 9th, 2012
6:14 pm

I can dig it, Coach Price.

G-dub

November 12th, 2012
9:10 am

WOW 6AAAAA top 4 teams, unprecedented. Look out for Columbia, they are returning Tajh at point guard he is 3 for 3 in state titles hungry for #4.

High 5

November 12th, 2012
12:16 pm

How the HECK is MLK not ranked? They were one game away from the final 4 last year and basically have the same team!

Westlakealum

November 12th, 2012
12:17 pm

Nothing better than bball in November, but everyone in the state know that Westlake will be contending for a state championship run this year!!! Good luck to all this year!!!

DekalbBball22years

November 12th, 2012
12:41 pm

The class AAAAAA they are sleeping on North Gwinnett. They have a couple of sophomores in TJ Tobias and Kameron Calhoun who are hungry to return to state playoffs.

5AReg6Fan

November 12th, 2012
4:11 pm

Again, like football if you want the 5A CHAMPIONSHIP, you’ll have to come thru region 6. DeKalb … ready to bring yet another basketball CHAMPIONSHIP home.

“WE ARE TUCKER”

REGION 6, the best in GA 2012 5A Football……

REGION 6, the best in GA 2013 5A Basketball……

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JAB

November 12th, 2012
11:35 pm

6AAAAA will be rockin & rollin in Bball baby…

BrunoBars

November 14th, 2012
8:01 am

NCHS fan, don’t sweat it. Sax, Lee, Neff, and the crew got a good taste of what it will take to finish and I believe they are hungry this year. Let em sleep on us.