By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Here we go, hoops fans. Now that basketball mania has finally swept into Georgia, it’s time for the Divided Class A Top 5 Lists – Basketball version.
But first, a couple of nuggets to snack on …
Montgomery shines on the court, in the class room
Just when you began to feel good about yourself because you’ve stuck to those new year’s resolutions for a full two weeks, here comes Austin Montgomery to put you back in your place.
The 6-foot-8 senior forward at Lakeview Academy in Gainesville scored his 1,000th career point over the Christmas holiday during the Lanierland Tournament, where he was named to the all-tournament team. When he’s not getting buckets for the Lions, Montgomery is most likely studying. He is a National Merit semi-finalist carrying a 4.0 grade point average. He scored 2320 on the SAT (perfect score is 2400) and a 35 on the ACT (perfect score: 36).
But there’s more. He plans to major in biomechanical engineering before heading off to medical school. Right now he has offers from Holy Cross, Radford, MIT and BYU-Hawaii, and Utah is showing strong interest as well. However, he will not enter college until 2015 because he plans to go on a Latter-day Saints mission. Montgomery leads a senior-laden team that currently sits atop Region 8-Division A.
And you thought you had it going on.
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Recruiting battle looming in Athens
Yes, it’s basketball season, but it’s prime time for recruiting season as well – especially in Athens. But there’s one looming recruiting battle that won’t involve UGA, at least not yet.
Caleb Wilson, the son of UGA’s new defensive line coach, Chris Wilson, is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound sophomore at Starkville High, who was the backup to senior quarterback Gabe Myles (senior co-captain and Mississippi Class 5A Player of the Year) and is a starter on the basketball team. (NOTE: Early in the season Caleb played well enough in relief of Myles, who sat out two games with an injury, that there was brief talk of a “quarterback controversy” – read the story in the Starkville Dispatch – even though Myles, who has verbally committed to Mississippi State, was the returning offensive Player of the Year. But Myles returned to lead Starkville to the state title.)
Chris Wilson told the AJC’s Chip Towers that his wife, Tina, Caleb’s mom, will make the decision on where he attends school, once the Wilsons relocate to the Athens area (read Chip’s story). Wilson said: “Mom is all about academics and people, so that will be up to her … She’s No. 1 on that deal.”
So, where will it be? Athens Academy? Athens Christian? Prince Avenue Christian? Or perhaps Momma Wilson will take a shine to one of the public schools – Clarke Central, Cedar Shoals or maybe North Oconee. And before all of the “unofficial Recruiting Police Officers” jump all over this, the family will be relocating (i.e., making a legitimate move) and can select any area they wish.
And now for the Divided Top 5 Lists – Basketball style.
1. Wilcox County
2. Mitchell County
3. Seminole County
4. Turner County
5. Lanier County
Trending: Wilkinson County, Portal, Claxton, Hancock County
1. North Cobb Christian
2. W.D. Mohammed
3. Greenforest Academy
4. Athens Christian
5. Mt. Paran Christian
Trending: Aquinas, Excel Christian, Holy Innocents’
2. Gordon Lee
3. Towns County
4. Wilkinson County
5. Turner County
Trending: Irwin County, Claxton, Treutlen, Greenville
1. Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
2. Holy Innocents’
4. St. Francis
5. George Walton Academy
Trending: Calvary Day, Paideia, Greenforest Academy