Class A Basketball Blog: Power rating primer; Boys players to watch

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.


17 comments Add your comment


November 12th, 2013
2:40 pm



November 12th, 2013
8:17 pm

Jordan Harris Seminole Co. 6′3 guard that can play any position sophmore this kid is real special.


November 12th, 2013
9:00 pm

6′8 Trentin Drayton Jenkins County Sr.

Tiger Patpaw

November 12th, 2013
9:02 pm

I wonder if you’ll get 140 or so comments on this blog? In my home state the count would easily be reversed.

Big Dog

November 12th, 2013
10:10 pm

@STC (and whoever has an input in putting out the ajc basketball rankings) – Please refer to some of the sites this season that cover high school basketball in the State of Georgia. A great one is They spent the fall going to each school and watching the teams. They recently came out with their 28 best teams in the state regardless of class. It is a great site and will assist you in covering Single A. Maxpreps also does a pretty decent job in covering some of the teams in this state, as well well. Thanks.


November 13th, 2013
12:37 pm

St. Francis until further notice. They are stacked!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 13th, 2013
12:53 pm

Tiger Patpaw:

I doubt it. High school basketball is underrated in Georgia. TONS of great players, boys and girls. BUT, Georgia will first and foremost always be football country.


S. Thomas Coleman

November 13th, 2013
12:53 pm

Big Dog:

Thanks for the tip!!


S. Thomas Coleman

November 13th, 2013
12:54 pm


I agree, both boys and girls. Kobi Simmons is the real deal.



November 13th, 2013
1:05 pm

Demetris Robertson, 6-2 sophomore point guard from Savannah Country Day School. Incredible athlete who already holds offers from Division 1 schools in football. Could garner a few in basketball this season also…………..


November 13th, 2013
2:54 pm

Just like St. Francis, Aquinas is bring everyone back from last years team (there weren’t any seniors) so cant understand why they don’t get any love especially having the no.1 player in the state

New to this

November 13th, 2013
3:28 pm

csra706 – Aquinas lost starting point guard to grades. He won’t be back, but they still will have a great team with Hill leading the way and a lot more size.

M. Singleton

November 13th, 2013
4:42 pm

Watch out for #ColumbiaHigh Maurce Rivers (6′7″) and Nick Singleton (6′6″)……..


November 13th, 2013
6:02 pm

Thomas kid at Trion is pretty good.


November 13th, 2013
7:09 pm

St. Francis, North Cobb Christian, Whitefield Academy. Region 6 is stacked!!!!


November 13th, 2013
7:19 pm

whitefield academy had 1 senior last year, they return multiple starters and 3 seniors with a big impact on this team Eric Lockett, Jessie Byrd, Berto Dryden. should be a great year


November 14th, 2013
1:53 pm

Thanks for all you do for Georgia H.S. basketball. Thanks also for having ACS ranked #3 in class!
We will be without “Turtle” Jackson for a few games because he is rehabbing a knee injury. We started 5 sophomores last yr. and reached the Final 4. this yr. we will start 5 juniors and one is new from out of state. He will be one to watch as well …6′5″ 224 lb. PF Chris “The Beast” Tate. Once again thanks for the work you do!