A former Georgia high school player was named the SEC player of the year this week. Two were named first-team All-SEC. Two were named first-team All-ACC.
Got me to thinking. What be the all-Georgia team in college basketball?
I’ve got four. Who is the fifth?
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia (Greenville) – A 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 18.0 poinds and 6.9 rebounds. Caldwell-Pope is the first former Georgia high school player be named the SEC’s POY since Kenny Walker of Kentucky (Crawford County) in 1986. TRIVIA: Georgia players were the SEC players fo the year five times in six seasons from 1982 through 1986. Who were they?
Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State (Centennial) – Brown made second-team All-ACC. Brown is averaging 12.5 points and an ACC-leading 7.0 assists on a team that is 22-9.
Richard Howell, N.C. State (Wheeler) – Howell, who led Wheeler to its most recent state title in 2009, made first-team All-ACC. Howell is averaging 12.7 points and leads the ACC in rebounding at 10.6 per game.
Jordan McRae, Tennesee (Liberty County) – McRae joined Caldwell-Pope as one of two Georgia players who made first-team All-SEC. McRae is averaging 16.2 points to lead Tennessee in scoring.
Here are more Georgia players who’ve had good seasons. We realize there are many more. If you know of some, let us know.
Trae Golden, Tennessee (McEachern) – Golden is one of four former Georgia high school players on Tennesee’s roster along with Jordan McRae (above), Kenny Hall (Redan) and Armani Moore (Mount Paran Christian). Golden starts and averages 12.1 points and a team-leading 4.1 assists. All four have been on the court at the same time this season.
Ryan Harrow, Kentucky (Walton) – Harrow, who played his freshman season at N.C. State before transferring, is averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 3.0 assists. He’s a sophomore. As a side note, Harrow’s former Walton teammate, Glen Rice Jr., was booted from Georgia Tech’s team last season but was just named the ‘’Performer of the Week’’ in the NBA D-League.
Marcus Hunt, Georgia Tech (North Clayton) – Hunt leads Tech in scoring (10.4 ppg) as a freshman. He’s averaging 4.7 rebounds.
Robert Carter, Georgia Tech (Shiloh) – Carter is averaging 10.0 points and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman.
Charles Mann, Georgia (Milton) – Mann made the all-freshman SEC team. He averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
- Several other freshman playing lots of minutes. Among them are Shaq Goodwin of Memphis (Southwest DeKalb), Shaquille Johnson of Auburn (Milton), Evan Nolte of Virginia (Milton), Charles Mitchell of Maryland (Wheeler) and Brandon Morris of Georgia (Miller Grove). The 2012 Georgia all-class player of the year, Tony Parker, is averaging only 6.6 minutes per game at UCLA.
Adrian Coleman, Bethune-Cookman (Stephenson): A former 4-star recruit, Coleman signed with Nebraska but left the team. He’s surfaced at Bethune-Cookeman, where he’s the leading scorer (17.6 points, 7.1 rebounds).
Terrance Shannon, Florida State (Mary Persons): Shannon was leading FSU in rebounding when he suffered a neck injury on Jan. 19. He has played very little since and is doubtful for the ACC tournament. He’s a junior.
Rion Brown, Miami (Liberty County) – Brown has started six games and remains one of the top eight at Miami, which is ranked No. 9 nationally.
Nick Jacobs, Alabama (South Atlanta) – Jacobs averages 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds.
Shannon Scott, Ohio State (Milton) – Scott, a sophomore, was named to the Big Ten’s all-defensive team. Ohio State is ranked No. 10. Scott is Ohio State’s sixth man. He’s averaging 5.0 points and is second on the team in assists and steals.
Dai-Jon Parker, Vanderbilt (Milton) – A sophomore, Parker averages 6.7 points and 4.1 rebounds at Vanderbilt, where he starts and is known for his defense.
Rod Hall, Clemson (Rockdale County) – A sophomore, Hall leads Clemson in assists (3.5 ppg) and averages 5.7 points.
E. Victor Nickerson, Charlotte (Norcross) – Nickerson has started 12 games for UNC-Charlotte.
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (GAC) — The former all-classification player of the year from Greater Atlanta Christian, is red-shirting this season because of a foot injury. He averaged 6.7 points per game as a freshman. He was expected to start this season.