Six Georgia boys teams ranked in the top six in their classifications are playing out-of-state teams Saturday at Norcross in the Hilton Invitational.
Here’s the schedule:
1 p.m. – North Cobb (#1 in AAAAAA) vs. Carver (Montgomery, Ala.)
2:30 p.m. – Miller Grove (#1 in AAAAA) vs. Memphis East (Tenn.)
4 p.m. – Greater Atlanta Christian (#2 in AAA) vs. Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.)
5:30 p.m. – Eagle’s Landing (#4 in AAAA) vs. Flora MacDonald Academy (Red Springs, N.C.)
7 p.m. – Norcross (#6 in AAAAAA) vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
8:30 p.m. – Wheeler (#3 in AAAAAA) vs. Christ School (Asheville, N.C.)
Just a little about the out-of-state teams …
Olympic is ranked No. 11 nationally by MaxPreps and No. 21 by USA Today. Akron signee B.J. Gladden is Olympic’s top player.
Carver is Alabama’s defending Class 6A champion. Carver’s best player is Jeremy Johnson, who as a quarterback was Alabama’s state player of the year. He’s a 6-foot-6 guard who some believe has a shot to be Alabama’s Mr. Basketball, also.
Three visiting players are preseason McDonald’s All-America nominees. They are B.J. Anya of DeMatha (N.C. State signee), Nick King of Memphis East (Memphis) and Shannon Hale of Christ School (Alabama).
For the Georgia teams, it’s good preparation for the playoffs, which begin in a couple of weeks.
“It’s a final opportunity for teams to get a high-quality game [outside of region play] late in the season,’’ Norcross coach Jesse McMillan said. ‘’It mirrors a playoff situation because you don’t know lot about out-of-state teams. In the past, Georgia coaches appreciate that, win or lose.’’