Basketball: Elite teams coming to Norcross on Saturday

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.’’

8 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

January 24th, 2013
10:36 am

Looking forward to the GAC vs Olympic game. Olympic lost their best player to Findlay Prep. What some folks never think about is if somebody leaves, that opens up an opportunity for somebody else. Obviously, somebody stepped in and has stepped up for an undefeated team. Nick King for Memphis East is outstanding. He is about 6′7″ and can play outside or inside. Great point by Jesse about state tournament preparation. Often you must play back to back in a Final Four game and then a next day finals (heaven forbid the GHSA providing a day of rest or preparation), and you have no time to prepare and implement a game plan. That will be the case this weekend because your focus must be on your region game Friday. BTW, Norcross is starting to get all the pieces in place after losing a key player to a football injury, and having another key guy come back from a knee injury, and if you think Carter is good in football, he is a man child on the basketball court.

Cobb County

January 24th, 2013
12:06 pm

Wheeler already beat Christ school at a tourney in s. Carolina this December. Will be interesting to see if wheeler can beat them again, Christ school has a lot of size and a Bama signee in Shannon Hale. I think this will be a good test to see where Wheeler really is at now that they have Jaylen Brown and Jerron Love


January 25th, 2013
9:29 am

Too bad Columbia is not playing. I think that they are the best team in GA this year.


January 25th, 2013
9:45 pm

Wheeler lost to Roswell for the second time this season.


January 26th, 2013
7:37 am

Roswell’s top player hit a 3 with 4 seconds left to beat Wheeler last night. It was impressive.

disappointed wheeler fan

January 26th, 2013
8:45 am

wheeler disappointed themselves last night…

im just syaing

January 26th, 2013
9:42 am

wheeler has to stick with the MOST experienced players on the floor especially in 4th quarter. the new additions to the team will give them a boost here and there but you MUST play your TRIED and PROVEN in close games (#10, #15,, #22, !4 & #4 ). They have been winning all season.


January 26th, 2013
10:06 am

anyone notice the players from the pics of that norcross game? 3 of those guys played for Whitefield’s state championship team last year…gotta love metro atlanta basketball…thank you AAU basketball for ruining high school basketball