By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
The Tuesday basketball blog will take a break next week, Thanksgiving Week, as we will have blogs devoted to the football playoffs on Tuesday (Nov. 26) and Saturday (Nov. 30). The Tuesday basketball blog will return on Dec. 3.
For now, as promised last week, here are some girls to watch this season (if any of them have transferred, let us know, and let us know who we’ve overlooked as well), followed by a note about two spring sport athletes from Pace Academy who have made their college selections:
Ivy Atkism, George Walton Academy. The 6-1 senior is one of the premier post players in the state and is the leader of a team that finished 24-5 last season. She has reportedly committed to Clemson.
Erika Cassell, Holy Innocents’. The 6-2 Cassell averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds last season for the Region 5 champions, who advanced to the private school Final Four.
Marquita Daniels, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. The 5-7 senior is one of the top floor generals in the state. She averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals a game last season for a team that went 28-3 and was the private school runners up.
Kiyanna Johnson, Greenville. One of the most dynamic guards in the state, the 5-7 Johnson averaged more than 30 points per game for the Patriots last season.
A’Miracle Jones, Mitchell County. The 5-7 senior averaged 14 points per game last season, and will team with fellow senior Shonbreka Holton to form one of the best back courts in Georgia.
Candice Williams, St. Francis. The senior floor leader of the defending private school champions, the 5-7 Williams averaged 12 points and 5 assists per game last season.
Others to watch: G Brandi Buie (5-6), Calhoun County, Jr.; G Tatiana Mahone (5-10), Central-Talbotton, Sr.; G Stephanie Patton (5-8), Towns County, Sr.; G Jazmine Price (5-7), Claxton, Jr.; F Amber Skldael (5-11), Hebron Christian, Jr.
Pace Academy’s Datoc, Ramirez sign baseball scholarships
Pace Academy shortstop/pitcher Jared Datoc and centerfielder Raphael Ramirez took advantage of the NCAA’s early signing period to ink baseball scholarships last week to Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, respectively. Last season, Datoc hit .464 with a .578 on-base percentage, while Ramirez hit .435. Both were named first-team All-Region and 2013 Perfect Game Pre-Season High School All-Americans.
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