By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
As basketball gets underway, this first edition of the Class A blog provides a primer on the power rating system and we take a look at some player of the year candidates on the boys side. The girls will be featured next week.
Power rating for basketball
For basketball teams in Class A, a team is awarded five points for each win, plus a point for each win earned by that opponent. A team gets no points for a loss, but is awarded one-third (33 percent) of that opponent’s wins.
The power rating is then computed by taking the total power points awarded and dividing that number by the number of total games played – including invitational tournaments during the regular season and the region tournament.
However, games played against out of state opponents, and games played against opponents playing non-region schedules, will not be counted in the power rating computation. So teams playing high-powered opponents from other states during holiday tournaments and special invitationals will not get credit for those games.
Here is an example of how a win and a loss would be considered for a hypothetical team:
– Team A beats Team B, which has a record of 20-5. Team A gets five points for the win, plus 20 points for Team B’s number of total wins. Team A is awarded 25 points for the game.
– Team A loses to Team C, which has a record of 13-13. Team A earns 4.29 points (33 percent of 13) for the game.
Player of the year candidates
Here are some players to watch this season (if any of them have transferred, let us know):
Muhammad Hamilton, W.D. Mohammed. The 5-11 senior has a dunk in transition over an opponent that is making the rounds on YouTube. He is the unquestioned leader on one of the state’s best teams, ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll.
Ahmed Hill, Aquinas. The 6-4 senior guard has an all-around offensive game that is nearly unstoppable for the Irish, ranked No. 2. He has committed to Marquette.
Will “Turtle” Jackson, Athens Christian. With reported offers from Kansas, Georgia Tech, UConn and UGA, the 6-4 point guard is just a junior. His Eagles are ranked No. 3.
Eric Lockett, Whitefield Academy. The 6-6 senior forward is a force on the defensive end and can run the floor and is one of the best transition finishers in the state. He has committed to George Mason.
Kobi Simmons, St. Francis. The 6-4 sophomore point guard has a chance to be a three-time state player of the year for a program on the rise that is ranked No. 1 after returning nearly every player from last season’s state runner-up.
Others to watch: G Kendall Krute (6-4), North Cobb Christian, Sr.; F Kaiser Gates (6-7), St. Francis, Sr.; G Stacey Morgan (5-11), Portal, Sr.; G Torrico Simmons (5-8), Wilkinson County, Jr.
Let us know who we omitted from this list, and let us know who needs to be on the girls’ list next week.