All-state basketball teams

ALL-STATE TEAMS

GIRLS

All-classification player of the year: Diamond DeShields, Norcross

CLASS AAAAAA


Player of the year:
Lexie Brown, North Gwinnett

Coach of the year: Angie Hembree, Norcross

First team

G+Lexie Brown, North Gwinnett+5-9+Sr.

F+Shayla Cooper, Norcross+6-1+Sr.

G+Diamond DeShields, Norcross+6-2+Sr.

C+Mackenzie Engram, Hillgrove+6-1+Jr.

G+Kylee Smith, Alpharetta+6-0+Sr.

Second team

G+Te’a Cooper, McEachern+5-8+So.

G+Makeba Ponder, Colquitt County+5-8+Jr.

G+Amber Reeves, North Cobb+5-9+Sr.

F+Peyton Whitted, North Gwinnett+6-3+Sr.

F+Ashley Williams, Alcovy+6-0+Sr.

Honorable mention: Lauren Brown, Alpharetta; Haley Gerrin, Habersham Central; Anriel Howard, Westlake; Madison Newby, Archer; Genesis Perrymond, Parkview; Stormm Phillips, Valdosta; Katie Powell, Duluth; Breanna Richardson, Rockdale County; Meagan Tucker, Alcovy; Aunesha Williams, Cherokee.

CLASS AAAAA

Player of the year: Erykah Davenport, Tucker

Coach of the year: Kathy Walton, Southwest DeKalb

First team

G+Andrea Brown, Pope+5-5+Sr.

C+Erykah Davenport, Tucker+6-2+Jr.

G+Tashara Jones, Lithia Springs+5-9+Sr.

G+Gabby Seiler, McIntosh+5-5+Sr.

F+Kaliyah Mitchell, Stephenson+6-1+Sr.

Second team

G+Neena Carter, Sprayberry+5-11+Sr.

F+Tynice Martin, Southwest DeKalb+5-10+So.

G+Kayla Potts, Forest Park+5-9+Jr.

F+Tavia Sykes, Flowery Branch+5-11+Sr.

C+Klarissa Weaver, Miller Grove+6-1+Sr.

Honorable mention: Shaunice Bennett, Hardaway; Alexis Ezell, Allatoona; Naima Jackson, Tucker; Kyesha Lewis, Effingham County; Ayanna Mitchell, Salem; Asha Stegall, Warner Robins; Jasmine Stone, Evans; Meredith Tarver, Northview; Tashi Thompson, Miller Grove; Britney Wright, Villa Rica.

CLASS AAAA

Player of the year: Miah Spencer, Columbia

Coach of the year: Cedric King, Sandy Creek

First team

G+Domonique Clune, Dutchtown+5-10+Sr.

G+Tianna Germaine, South Effingham+5-2+Jr.

G+Maddie Howell, Dalton+5-9+Sr.

F+Ashleigh Outler, Cross Creek+5-9+Jr.

G+Miah Spencer, Columbia+5-7+Sr.

Second team

G+KeKe Calloway, Mary Persons+5-7+So.

G+Elise Coberly, Madison County+5-10+Sr.

G+Jordan Livesay, River Ridge+5-8+Sr.

G+Lindsey Reed, Woodland-Stockbridge+5-6+Sr.

G+LaRice Walker, Sandy Creek+5-7+Sr.

Honorable mention: Briana Benson, Jonesboro; Danielle Clark, Stone Mountain; Brea Elmore, Redan; VaQueshia Hall, Howard; Kenyata Hendrix, Carrollton; Maegan Kenimer, Chestatee; Keshundra Price, Monroe; Ra’Keta Shelton, Dougherty; Sarah Smith, Pickens; Aneesa Watson, Fayette County.

CLASS AAA

Player of the year: Asia Durr, St. Pius

Coach of the year: Kyle Snipes, St. Pius

First team

G+Asia Durr, St. Pius+5-10+So.

G+Carly Gilreath, Dawson County+5-8+Sr.

F+Brooke Hubbard, North Oconee+5-9+Sr.

G+Shonterria Kitchens, Washington County+5-6+Jr.

C+Kristina Nelson, Buford+6-4+Sr.

Second team

G+Jasmine Carter, St. Pius+5-8+Jr.

C+Carrie Cheeks, Sonoraville+6-2+Jr.

F+Jordan Dillard, Decatur+6-0+Sr.

G+Ilyn Spann, Beach+5-7+So.

G+Nausia Woolfolk, Peach County+5-9+Fr.

Honorable mention: Sherae Bonner, Central-Carroll; Ginny Channell, North Oconee; Mackenzie Darrah, Buford; Lauren Duncan, Pike County; Cyairra Hill, Elbert County; Kaelyn Irby, Cartersville; Shakenya Peters, Southwest-Macon; Sheyenne Seabolt, Dawson County; Rachel Selph, Dodge County; Payton Smith, Sonoraville.

CLASS AA

Player of the year: Katie Frerking, Wesleyan

Coach of the year: Jan Azar, Wesleyan

First team

C+Khadijiah Cave, Laney+6-4+Sr.

G+Briunna Freeman, Pelham+5-11+So.

G+Katie Frerking, Wesleyan+6-1+Sr.

G+Kahlia Lawrence+Kendrick+5-9+Jr.

F+Taylor Palmer, Calhoun+6-0+Sr.

Second team

G+Brianna Cummings, Greater Atl. Christian+5-10+Jr.

F+Timia Reynolds, Model+5-9+Sr.

G+Brittany Stevens, Wesleyan+5-4+Sr.

G+Tia Troup, Bleckley County+5-5+Jr.

F+Sydney Umeri, Lovett+6-1+Sr.

Honorable mention: Bree Brown, Thomasville; Taylor Brown, Lovett; Deja Cheatham, Kendrick; Quiondra Darrisaw, Dublin; Carrie Grisson, Brooks County; Jordan Hill, Bremen; Makhala Jackson, McIntosh County Academy; Shylrick Locke, Jeff Davis; Simone Smith, Laney; Lauren Zollinger, Union County.

CLASS A

Player of the year: Alexis Carter, SW Atlanta Christian

Coach of the year: Aisha Kennedy, St. Francis

First team

G+Kassidy Blevins, Gordon Lee+5-9+Sr.

C+Antoinette Brown, St. Francis+5-9+Sr.

C+Alexis Carter, SW Atlanta Christian+6-1+Sr.

G+Kiyanna Johnson, Greenville+5-7+Jr.

G+Alexus Parker, Calvary Day+5-9+Sr.

Second team

C+Ivy Atkism, George Walton Academy+6-1+Jr.

G+Brandi Buie, Calhoun County+5-6+Jr.

G+Anissia Collins, Irwin County+5-7+Sr.

G+Moses Johnson, Greenforest+6-0+Sr.

G+Kaneika Washington, Randolph-Clay+5-8+Sr.

Honorable mention: Erika Cassell, Holy Innocents’; Marquita Daniels, Southwest Atlanta Christian; Antania Graddic, Turner County; Tomeka Harris, Warren County; A’Miracle Jones, Mitchell County; Tatiana Mahone, Central-Talbotton; Stephanie Patton, Towns County; Jazmine Price, Claxton; Terar Stewart, Darlington; Candice Williams, St. Francis.

BOYS

All-classification player of the year: Brannen Greene, Tift County

CLASS AAAAAA

Player of the year: Brandon Goodwin, Norcross

Coach of the year: Jesse McMillan, Norcross

First team

G+Anthony Bagtas, Westlake+6-0+Sr.

G+Brandon Goodwin, Norcross+6-0+Sr.

F+Brannen Greene, Tift County+6-7+Sr.

G+Tadric Jackson, Tift County+6-2+Jr.

G+Lee Moore, North Cobb+6-2+Sr.

Second team

G+Sean Brennan, Roswell+6-2+Sr.

G+Kyle Castlin, Hillgrove+6-3+Jr.

G+Nate Mason, Shiloh+5-10+Jr.

G+Randall Smith, Archer+6-0+Sr.

F+Elijah Staley, Wheeler+6-7+Jr.

Honorable mention: Jordan Capps, Peachtree Ridge; Lorenzo Carter, Norcross; Bryan Hamlet, Archer; Devin Mitchell, Collins Hill; Jordan Neff, North Cobb; Trevon Shaw, Mill Creek; Markus Terry, Chattahoochee; Ty Toney, Alpharetta; Amir Warnock, Peachtree Ridge; C.J. Wilson, Rockdale County.

CLASS AAAAA

Player of the year: Jakeenan Gant, Effingham County

Coach of the year: Todd Cottrell, Gainesville

First team

F+Phil Cofer, Whitewater+6-7+Jr.

F+Davonte Fitzgerald, Tucker+6-7+Sr.

F+Jakeenan Gant, Effingham County+6-8+Jr.

F+Jairus “J.R.” Holder, Mount Zion-Jonesboro+6-6+Sr.

C+Jarquez Smith, Jones County+6-9+Sr.

Second team

G/F+Earl Bryant, Miller Grove+6-4+Sr.

G/F+Shaquan Cantrell, Gainesville+6-4+Sr.

F+Bakari Copeland+Arabia Mountain+6-6+Sr.

G+Kyre’ Hamer+Miller Grove+6-4+Sr.

G+Keith Pinckney+Miller Grove+6-2+Jr.

Honorable mention: Solomon Ajose, Sequoyah; Cameron Blakley, Apalachee; Noah Dickerson, North Atlanta; Neil Phillips, Lithia Springs; Armell Potter, Sprayberry; Daniel Fowler, Allatoona; Lundy Luqman, Mays; Dontavious Marshall, Bainbridge; Chris Sanders-McCollum, Creekside; Henry “R.J.” Sessions, Northside-Columbus; Jarius Smith, Northside-Warner Robins.

CLASS AAAA

Player of the year: Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Columbia

Coach of the year: Clay Crump, Eagle’s Landing

First team

G+Naquavious King, South Atlanta+6-3+Sr.

F+Jabari McGhee, Monroe+6-7+Sr.

G+Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Columbia+5-10+Sr.

C+Brandon Watkins, Grady+6-9+Sr.

G+Eric Wortham, Eagle’s Landing+6-5+Sr.

Second team

G+Isaiah Dennis, Eagle’s Landing+6-0+Sr.

F+Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown+6-3+Sr.

F+Montrell McKenzie, Johnson-Gainesville+6-6+Sr.

C+Desmond Ringer, Eagle’s Landing+6-10+Sr.

F+Quinton Stephens, Marist+6-8+Sr.

Honorable mention: T.J. Cromer, Westover; O’Shea Hill, Northwest Whitfield; Quincy January, Riverdale; Ronald Jones, Butler; Chukwudubem “Doobie” Okeke, Jonesboro; Patrick Petty, Jonesboro; Jade McClendon, Chamblee; Karim Mawuenyega, Alexander; Ronnie Mays, Westside-Macon; Zaquazian Smith, Statesboro.

CLASS AAA

Player of the year: Tim Quarterman, Johnson-Savannah

Coach of the year: Utaff Gordon, Johnson-Savannah

First team

G+Quindarious “Tookie’’ Brown, Morgan County+5-10+So.

F+Chris Cokley, Savannah+6-7+Jr.

G+Tim Quarterman, Johnson-Savannah+6-5+Sr.

G+Ethan “Ebo” Smith, North Hall+6-2+Sr.

F+Kyle Doyle, Buford+6-6+Sr.

Second team

G+Ryan Davis, Cartersville+6-3+Jr.

G+A.J. Gray, Washington County+6-1+So.

F+Solomon Mangham, Woodward Academy+6-7+Sr.

F+DeShon Nails, Tattnall County+6-4+Sr.

G+Isaiah Williams, Buford+6-1+Sr.

Honorable mention: Demarcus Cunningham, Douglass; Nick Harris, St. Pius; Sherrod Hart, Thomson; Saadiq Muhammad, Johnson-Savannah; Jamal Norman, Savannah; Dre Souder, Henry County; Jovante Spivey, Savannah; C.J. Thurman, Morgan County; Quintavias Virgil, Central-Macon; Zach Vess, North Murray.

CLASS AA

Player of the year: Isaiah Wilkins, Greater Atlanta Christian

Coach of the year: Cliff Kerbo, Bleckley County

First team

C+DaMario Beck, Bleckley County+6-7+Sr.

G+Frank Booker, Westside-Augusta+6-3+Sr.

G+Sean Buffen, Spencer+6-2+Sr.

G+Reggie Reid, Harlem+5-11+So.

F+Isaiah Wilkins, Greater Atl. Christian+6-6+Jr.

Second team

G+Cole Birchfield, Dade County+6-1+Sr.

G+JaCori Payne, Dublin+5-9+Jr.

G+Collin Swinton, Greater Atl. Christian+5-9+Sr.

F+Ramel Thompkins, Vidalia+6-6+Jr.

G+Gerdarius Troutman, Taylor County+6-2+Jr.

Honorable mention: Jamal Anderson, Long County; Greyson Arnold, Calhoun; Christian Bradford, Kendrick; Will Clifton, Wesleyan; Davy Fischer, Model; Kevis Martin, Manchester; Troy Morrison, Greater Atlanta Christian; Jordan Oliver, Rabun County; Tony Palmer, Jordan; Qua Searcy, Lamar County.

CLASS A

Player of the year: Ahmed Hill, Aquinas

Coach of the year:
David Jones, Greenforest Christian

First team

G+Ahmed Hill, Aquinas+6-4+Jr.

G+Will “Turtle” Jackson, Athens Christian+6-4+So.

F+Eric Lockett, Whitefield Academy+6-5+Jr.

C+Tosin Mehint, Greenforest Christian+6-9+Sr.

G+Torrico Simmons, Wilkinson County+5-8+So.

Second team

G+Kendall Crute, North Cobb Christian+6-4+Jr.

F+Kaiser Gates, St. Francis+6-7+So.

F+Johnathan Howard, Wilcox County+6-5+Sr.

G+Stacey Morgan, Portal+5-11+Jr.

G+Kobi Simmons, St. Francis+6-4+Fr.

Honorable mention: Malik Beasley, St. Francis; Devin Charles, Lanier County; Muhammad Hamilton, W.D. Mohammed; Jordan Harris, Seminole County; Jermaine Hartsfield, Mitchell County; Antonio Graddic, Turner County; Gary McGinty, Savannah Country Day; Gary McRae, Randolph-Clay; Austin Montgomery, Lakeview Academy; Matt Tankersley, Eagle’s Landing Christian.

Selected by Chip Saye (girls) and Todd Holcomob (boys), GHSFD

40 comments Add your comment

Mr. Wolverine

March 22nd, 2013
12:03 pm

@Todd Holcomob

How does Coach Sharman White not be named Class AAAAA Boys coach of the Year. I applaud Gainesville’s effort, but MG have been ranked No.1 all season, won its fourth Region-6 title in five years, and became the first coach to lead a boys program to five consecutive championships.

Oh by the way, he did it with two returning players that were reserves and a myriad of freshman, sophomore, and a sensational junior.

I don’t understand, how does he not get COY?

With all due respect, the ball was dropped on this one.

Lakers4life

March 22nd, 2013
12:08 pm

Wow Class AAAA, Brittany Tatum LaGrange High best player in Region 5-AAAA 21 pts, 6 assts, 4Stls,shot 60% from field, 40%3pt, 90%ft, got dbled, boxed in 1, half court traps to slow her down each night in region competition didn’t make 1s, 2nd, or honorable mention, what a joke, politics rules again in state of Ga awards.
Brittany finished Career with over 1700pts, 600 assts, 500stls, broke her schools records in all 3 categories ,passed on D1 interests , signed with Columbus State University in NOV. 2012 choose nursing interest over d1 label ego.

4 real

March 22nd, 2013
1:04 pm

The rep 4 AJC is just suspect and bias. JMO

HOOPDIJOUR

March 22nd, 2013
1:20 pm

@Todd Holcomb That is just P-I-T-I-F-U-L!!!! I agree 1000% with Mr. Wolverine!!! What is it about selecting the obvious regardless of the number of times! MG went into the GHSA Record book and they get minimal coverage on their historic moment by AJC and now no recognition for their coach? Is there something wrong? MG won 30 games and is in the top 25 of every National Poll (USA Today (#24), ESPN (#15), MaxPreps (#22), PrepNation (#24) and on top of that went “Wire To Wire” as the #1 AAAAA team in the state according to your own poll and you mean to tell me that these other coaches (No Disrespect) are more deserving? Really??? If Coach White is not the Coach of the Year then what is it that his team didn’t do to warrant him that honor? This is obviously a fraud or possibly even on the lines of racist!

coach

March 22nd, 2013
3:41 pm

Don’t know too much about the girls but this confirms it Todd Holcomob knows very little about boys basketball in GA. Some of this selections are questionable at best .
Not that surprised because the AJC’s coverage of high school basketball is shockingly inept.

MC 12

March 22nd, 2013
5:31 pm

I believed that Sharman White was a very good coach until last weekend. If Sharman White is so good why was one of his 2 top players playing in a unsigned seniors showcase in front of D2, D3 and Junior college coaches. No way this player should have been playiing in this type of showcase. He should have a scholarship by now. Coach White loses major points as being this great coach everybody keep saying he is. He only had a couple of players to help get in college. What’s wrong with this picture?

G-dub

March 22nd, 2013
5:48 pm

Coach White record speaks for itself. How can anyone question whether he can coach or not.

LakeDawg

March 22nd, 2013
5:53 pm

Its great to see North Hall’s Ebo Smith make 1st team allstate. He’s a throwback player that can not only shoot treys from downtown, but regularly hits pull up jumpers and floaters (a lost art) as well as being able to finish at the basket. If he ever misses a FT it is news. Great ball handler, also. He was a joy to watch this year.

BasketballEnthusiast

March 22nd, 2013
6:05 pm

@MC 12 What’s wrong with a player going to a D2/Juco showcase? What if that is what he is qualified for? You must have had your son there trying to get a look. MG has players in schools everywhere. I just saw one of their former players on the tube when they played Gonzaga. You just are another add-on to “hater list”. I would be willing to bet that the player you are speaking of will sign a scholarship and your son probably won’t. Good luck with tuition payments and back up off of us. We are MG!!!

Black

March 22nd, 2013
7:45 pm

I think AJC got it right, white had a great season but did he have to coach like others. No, his program is set while other coaches coach! Don’t think the award should always go to the coach that wins but to a coach that gets the best out of his players. Especially if its not known as being a basketball powerhouse.

DARYL

March 23rd, 2013
12:50 am

It is great to see North Hall’s Ebo Smith make the 1st team in AAA. I’ve seen him play several times this year and he is amazing. Is he the only white kid to make “all state” in all classifications? Just curious. He signed early with University of North Georgia. If he hadn’t of signed early he would have gotten mid-major d-1 offers.

MC 12

March 23rd, 2013
6:54 am

@basketballentusiast, For the record I have 2 sons one plays D1 basketball and the other plays D1 football. I brought a couple players their who’s coaches did not do a good job in helping them get a scholarship, just like the player from Miller Grove. He is definitely a D1 ball player. There is nothing wrong with going to a D2, D3 or Juco , but this player is the second best player on the team and had one his best games in the Championship. HE SHOULD HAVE A D1 SCHOLARSHIP OFFER BY NOW. The players from MG that got schollys woulg have gotten them no matter where they played. A great coach not only can coach. but he is able to get scholarship offers for the best players on his /her team, D1, D2, D3, Juco or even get them in a Prep school.

Hubert Green

March 23rd, 2013
7:42 am

First of all, if anybody can relate to Coach White’s situation, I can. The job he did this year is hands down one of the best coaching jobs this state has seen. He replaced his entire starting five, and only had one transfer. Wow. Eddie Martin also had to replace his leading scorer in December, and with only one senior starter, won state. Just because somebody has won before, does not mean they don’t deserve the award.

DekalbJuggernaut

March 23rd, 2013
8:04 am

@MC 12 I guess everyone should be applauding you but when speak of what you do not know then you sound like the way you sound. You would be a heck of a coach we see! Not!

Mr. Wolverine

March 23rd, 2013
4:20 pm

@mc12.. The two seniors on the team this year (Kyre Hammer and Earl Bryant) are exceptional players, indeed. Are they DI players?? According to statistics, yes,.. But Coach While can’t make a coach from any level sign any of his seniors.
Secondly, Hammer is going to sign with a mid-major school and Bryant (I suppose the player you seen) may have to go the JUCO route.
In essence, your deductive reasoning was very imbecilic. Lets start with the players that have gone to college out of MG.
Mufon Udofia (Tech), Donte Williams (UGA), Henry Brooks (Harvard), Malcolm Frank (Morehouse), Justin Allen (Lincoln Memorial), Nigel Domineck (Fort Valley State), Shack Williams (Fort Valley State), Christian Houston (Palm Beach State), Justin Colvin (Alabama A&M), Brandon Morris (UGA), and Toney Parker (UCLA).

Not to mention, that all his seniors graduate.

Im just shaking my head at the ignorance..

@Black

How can you say everyone had to coach, except for White? If anything, he had to really coach because this was his youngest team. Zero starters returned, and the two seniors were key reserves on the team last year. It helped that Pickney moved back to DeKalb from (SC), but he really had to bring this team from the ground up to Nationally Ranked.

Say what you want, but anything negative cannot be accepted about the most succesful coach in GA within the last 10 years.

MG has only been onpen for eight years.. (5 Championships, 6 Final Fours, 4 Region Titles, 7 Playoff Appearances)..

DekalbJuggernaut

March 23rd, 2013
6:04 pm

@MC 12 Welp…I guess the best way to sum up what Mr. Wolverine just laid on you: THE HIGHEST FORM OF “IGNORANCE” IS WHEN YOU REJECT SOMETHING YOU DON”T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT!!! (Drops MIc)

G-dub

March 23rd, 2013
6:16 pm

You have to be totally ignorant to say anything negative about Coach White coaching skills. The numbers never lie. Name one coach in the whole country with a better track record the last 8 years. That’s just dumb

Black

March 23rd, 2013
9:26 pm

I was giving credit to other coaches, of course u r bias. If u can read I said he had a great season, but his program is established. So why just give it to him every year. You think other coaches deserve it. Yeah don’t make me say the T or R word that helped him win 2 or 3 chips. Yeah there are some other coaches that really had to coach their team. I was very respectful but don’t go there because if you call yourself wolverine, then u know the deal.

MC 12

March 23rd, 2013
10:17 pm

@Mr. Wolverine like I said earlier all those players you listed would have gooten scolarship no matter what high school they went to. Coach White did not have to do anything for them they had the talent. You mean to tell me you have two seniors on your championship team and playing a national schedule and the best you can get is one of them playing at a unsigned senior camp? “C’MON MAN”! BTW you don’t know your MG facts as well as you you think you do. Henry Brooks plays at Penn. GO WITCHITA STATE – TKELL COTTON FROM GEORGIA KNOCKED DOWN A BIG THREE.

MC 12

March 23rd, 2013
10:29 pm

@Dekalb Juggedrnaut You might want to pick that mic up and tell your boy Mr. Wolverine to get his facts right. I am going to say it for the last time. NO WAY ONE OF THOSE 2 SENIORS SHOULD BE AT A UNSIGNED SENIORS CAMP IN MARCH THEIR SENIOR YEAR. Yall just won a championship with max exposure all year and no scholly. Ignorant like me or brilliant like yall “IT
JUST DON’T MAKE NO SENSE”!

Yugolf4me

March 23rd, 2013
11:18 pm

Ajc won’t let the video links stay up so go to LaGrange High School ihigh.com website and Ga Jaguars ihigh.com websites, Look up Brittany Tatum in the video sections, didn’t even make honorable mention AJC and GACA All Star game, had better stats than 17 of 20 seniors picked, south team picked by a north school coach with kids from North Cobb, politics prevails again in GA. Basketball.

fan of the game

March 24th, 2013
7:40 am

MG girls especially and boys/coach deserved more recognition. How can #23 on SWD girls not be player of the year.

Marcus

March 24th, 2013
8:19 am

This is for the miller grove hater.

For years now it has seen to me to be an unwritten rule to award the coach who wins state, the coach of the year award. Norcross, Milton, over the class few years have had superior talent and when they won state, their coach won coach of the year despite having rosters full of division 1 prospects. I am no saying Sherman white should have won, I think your reason he didn’t win is crazy. He had to coach like everyone else. Every team that wins a championship has talent. Now for you crying because the kid don’t have a D1 scholly is crazy, every kid isn’t D1 talent just because they get exposure and D1 isn’t a good fit for every kid. Ex Avery jukes of south Gwinnett years ago. He received a scholly simple because he was on the team, went to Alabama didn’t play transferred to Butler, played for a championship. Every want to throw around this D1 thing is right for the kids and are they going to graduate is what is important. You must coach AAU or have kids that got rejected by miller grove. Stephenson coach get criticized for having to much D1 talent and not winning state in football, but as a parent I would take a free ride to college over a state championship if I had to choose. That championship can’t change their lives an education can

MC 12

March 24th, 2013
1:59 pm

@Marcus, if you would take the time and read what I wrote, I did not only write that he should have a D1 offer, but D2, D3, or Juco would be fine
. I will say it again for all those who can read, THERE IS NO WAY THIS KID SHOULD HAVE TO ATTEND AN UNSIGNED SENIOR SHOWCASE IN MARCH. He is a D1 mid major talent and with the help of his coaches influence he should not have to go to this type of showcase. BTW, getting in school FIRST then GRADUATING is important. Oh yeah, I don’t coach AAU and both of my son’s have D1 scholarships. They did’nt need to go to MG to get them. I help players who want to go to college get qualified so they don’t miss their opportunity of a life time. Most of these players coaches have not informed or helpedx these kids get to the next level in life. That’s why I am so passionate about this topic. Coach Sherman may be a great X and O coach but he dropped the ball on this one.

Alexander fan

March 24th, 2013
8:17 pm

Congratulation to Neil Philips and Karim Mawuenyega out of Douglas County for Honarable Mentions. keep up the hard work at the next level

DekalbJuggernaut

March 24th, 2013
8:28 pm

@MC 12 If you’re speaking of the event at Holy Innocents, I was there briefly as well and if I am not mistaken, I saw kids from Norcross, GAC (Both State Champs), Hillgrove (State Runner-Up), etc. Why are you on Coach White so hard? Are you really hating on him that bad? Oh well, I guess you feel the way you feel. God Bless

Mr. Wolverine

March 24th, 2013
8:35 pm

@MC12
You are right, It was a misprint with Henry being at UPenn and I forgot to add Thomas Marshall (Southern).

I have strong ties to MG, but I am know how the AJC has followed suit by awarding COTY to the State Championship Coach.

Since you said that Graduation is first.. Please note that all of his players graduate.

Who said that this kid didn’t have offers. As I stated, Hammer has offers that have really picked up in recent weeks, due to his success and breakout year, and Bryant probably will go to a Juco.

Two more points I want to make. A coach cannot force a coach to offer a kid a scholarship. Point Blank Period.

A coach may want to offer a kid, but the kid must be qualified (SAT/GPA) also.

This is one of the biggest problems we have with many talented kids.. Many don’t get the student-athlete concept.

In short, you are on the outside looking in.

@Black

Do your research on MG on the ‘T’ and ‘F words.

I’ll help you.. Transfers.. Henry Brooks (Landmark Christian) as a sophmore, came off the bench, became the starter his junior year. Donte Williams (Morrow) as junior, came off the bench and hada moster senior year. Kyre Hammer (Newton) as a junior, came off the bench as a junior and had a big senior year. Keith Pickney (moved back DeKalb from SC) only player to transfer in and start. He was a standout in middle school.

As far as recruiting, that does not happen. All of these players were legit transfers, and also does not compare to the large quantity of transfers that went to the Norcross’, Milton’s, GAC’s, Wheeler’s, etc..

Frankenstein...

March 25th, 2013
8:10 am

I’m confused…1st why are we talking about Langrange (pg) getting cheated out of anything? So confused about that one. I could see if sandycreek pg was complaining about 2nd team pick, but then she was actually good.. But talking about getting No Respect..The Coach from Columbia has won back 2 back State Championships in two different classes has the 4AAAA player of the year and didn’t get picked for coach of the year..How does the coach that LOST the championship twice get coach of the year over the coach that won the championship???? 4AAAA Girls is the only class that has the player of the year seperate from the coach of the year, So retarded. Thats crazy! Now..again talking about getting cheated..How is Mr. GEORGIA BASKETBALL not Tahj-Shamsid-Deen? Ok, I get it they didn’t win state for the 4th time in a row,it would have been in 2 different classes as well, but they still got to the Championship game ..But then lets just say he still has 3 state championships! They kid who won the Mr. GA Basketball has NO State Championships! Which is better 3 rings or no rings? lets just use the common sence calculator here.. thats like comparing King James to KOBE! 1 vs 5 wins every time!lol

Kevin

March 25th, 2013
9:36 am

How does player of year get selected? It can’t be based on points average…

D1

March 25th, 2013
10:37 am

Coach Cottrell is a great coach, but he started 4 Seniors and he didnt win the state. Its crazy that Coach Sharmen White was not coach of the year.. who pics this stuff for the AJC..got to Ray Charles & Stevie Wonder..

black

March 25th, 2013
10:59 am

You are right Mr W. I never said White wasnt a great coach. He has a championship program!!! But that doesn’t reward him to get COY every year. He had a great season, but I guess it’s so hard to choose. I just think other coaches do a great job too. I am not being biased towards anyone, but I think other coaches have to do more with less talent.

Mr. Wolverine

March 25th, 2013
12:00 pm

@black

I understand where you are coming from. You are good with me, sir.

We all can agree to disagree sometimes.

athensbball

March 25th, 2013
12:39 pm

Is AJC going to give us a “way too early top 10″ for basketball? I see they are doing full length features on 50 different football teams around the state. Hopefully we wont have to wait until football is over (half way through the basketball season) before we get ANY more reporting for basketball.

[...] Bryant, Kyre’ Hamer and Keith Pickney were named to the Second Team all-state in the AAAAA [...]

DARYL

March 25th, 2013
4:19 pm

I don’t understand how the AJC picks the All-State teams, however, I have to commend them in the selection of North Hall’s Ebo Smith – this guy is the real deal and deserving of the honor – in this case it wasn’t politics as usual. I believe he shot 58% inside the arc, 48% from 3 point range and over 85% from the charity stripe. Congrats Ebo!

ChapelHill2013

March 25th, 2013
4:41 pm

To all the AJC AAA girls selection committee and the AAA Girls State rankings committee…I have a question..how does the Chapel Hill High School Lady Panthers, AAA Final Four member, which played eventual AAA state champion St. Pius to the wire in a Final Four game…not warrant an ALL-STATE selection..not even an honorable mention…….really???? …I guess if you dont live in the RIGHT metro-Atlanta county(Gwinnett), you get no love…how can a team that didnt reach the Final Four, finish as the number 2 team in the state in AAA…it just shows that its not about the teams that win on the court…its about the publicity and politics of name recognition…incredible slight to a great bunch of girls

Don Millard

March 25th, 2013
5:05 pm

If the award is based on performance, results achieved and overall value to his team, sensational Junior PG Keith Pinckney Jr. should be the AJC Player of the Year and definitely a member of the AJC 1st Team.

After setting a middle school scoring record at Stephenson Middle in 2010, Pinckney relocated to SC to live with his Father where he started every game in his first two varsity seasons for Pinewood Prep—leading the Panthers to 43 victories while totaling more than 1,000 points in just two seasons. Returning home for his Junior season, the quiet, unselfish Honor Roll Student was second in scoring for Miller Grove’s Wolverines during the regular season at 14 PPG and 6 APG.

However, during the 2013 Playoffs, Pinckney elevated his game to another level. He averaged 19.2 PPG over the last 6 games during Miller Grove’s historic championship run. With the Wolverines trailing by 6 at half-time in championship game against Gainesville, Pinckney took control in the 3rd Qtr by shreading the Red Elephants defense with wicked moves to the basket for 9 consecutive points to put Miller Grove ahead. He led the team with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists in the semi final game against Northside Columbus. A week earlier, this poised PG led the White’s team with 15 points against a tough Tucker team in the quarterfinals. With Pinckney as his floor general, Coach White’s Wolverines finished the season at 30 and 3. One of those losses came when Pinckney had to leave the game with an injury. Another defeat was a 2 points loss to Westchester, (of California), the eventual Champion of 2013 MaxPrep Holiday Classic at Palms Spring, CA last December. After leading the Miller Grove to 3 victories, Pinckney was selected to the MaxPrep All Tournament Team. Only one team really beat Miller Grove this year and that was Columbia, which caught them not ready to play in early December and kick their butts. This quiet, but skillful PG, a straight “A” student was the catalyst to Miller Grove’s 5th Consecutive Championship.

When you consider that Miller Grove defeated both 6-A Powerhouses, Milton and the Norcross this year, they clearly earned bragging rights as the Peach State’s Best Team. Pinckney scored 22 points in the early season victory over Milton and chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in a later victory the Norcross, Blue Devils, which went on to win the 6-A Championship. I saw on the internet, where this talented student athlete, has already received 4 D-1 scholarship offers: Miami, Harvard, Xavier, and Boston University. Atlanta and AJC should show one of their own a little more love.

By the way, reasonable men should give credit where credit is due, Coach White has earned Coach of the Year, so there is obviously something wrong, here. I’ll leave that alone.

[...] Carrie Cheeks was named AJC 2nd team All-State for AAA, and Payton Smith was named honorable mention all-state.  Here’s a link to the article: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-high-school-sports/2013/03/22/all-state-basketball-teams/?cxntfid=blogs... [...]

rise to the top

March 26th, 2013
12:35 pm

@Frankenstein: Lagrange pg put great numbers up throughout her 4 year career. She has played against sandy creek pg all fours years and got the best out of her every year. Sandy creek pg benefited by transfering from Heard county to sandy creek to play with better players and receive better coaching. If you compare the two talent wise Lagrange point guard is by far the better player. LG point guard is a better ball handler and shooter plus had better stats(21 pts and 6 ast per game) all while playing with players who had middle school bball talent. You only get respect on this blog if you play in the atlanta area….

Laker4life

March 26th, 2013
2:33 pm

Frankenstein, Obviously you know nothing about basketball talent, if PG from LaGrange wasn’t any good why would almighty Columbia play a 1 22 half court just to get ball out of her hands, she not that you say so why make her give the ball up , she only scored 15 against the traps and double teams they used to slow her down, I have never seen a defensive scheme used to stop a player that is no good, check with the Region 5_AAAA coach’s they all passed notes around trying to figure out to stop Brittany Tatum, Box in 1 , 3-2 zone, 3-2 half court traps, double teams etc, these teams usually play man same as Columbia who played man against Sandy Creek PG but wouldn’t dare play man on LG point guard who had limited help,wow.
All Tatum did was lite up Fayette Co. 25, Sandy Creek 18, 17,20, Carrolton 20,18, Columbus 20, 15, and these were teams with the dramatic defense changes when they played LaGrange.

Bar none Tatum is 1 of the best skilled guards in state, ball handling superior, shooting excellent 59%fg 40%3pt , slashing to hole second to none, array of shots floaters, left and right handed, NBA bombs 3 pointers, broke down dbl teams against region elites, not 1 team in region 5_AAAA would play LG high man on man not 1 why Brittany Tatum .
Now if you have some video footage on kids you say are better than Tatum, I challenge you lets get with it, post them on youtube , see some people can talk the talk but can’t back it up.
I will agree Walker is a good player,skill sets way behind Tatum’s , ball handling, shooting, I will give her slight edge on passing although Tatum had over 500 assts.1700 pts. 500 stls for her career. Not bad for a player that plays on a team not a recruiting powerhouse just plays with cards that are dealt to them, oh yea 100 wins, 25 loses in her 4 yr career, not to mention 2 undefeated mid schools champs.

Check out Brittany Tatum video on ihigh.com ,there are some better in Georgia but not many , playing in low media market and Football crazed town hurt her some but not much, over 150 letters, over 10 offers , said you know Nursing and getting and my Career after basketball is bigger than D1 ego, everyone asked why did you Choose D2 over D1 I loved the Nursing program an that’s where I won’t to go.

I can provide letters and offers to those who doubt if need be , but it doesn’t matter she got hers NOV14 early signings last yr. and going to try difficult task of taking on Nursing program and basketball.
Hats off to all of the 2013 Seniors boys & girls, good luck with your futures wherever they may take you , in the end get that Degree.