Class A Basketball Blog: State’s top girls; Two from Pace Academy sign baseball scholarships

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:

GIRLS

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.

Please send information on any signings or commitments by Class A athletes to s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com.

STC

16 comments Add your comment

positive

November 19th, 2013
5:05 pm

moodswing

November 19th, 2013
8:43 pm

Ivy is a great player and even better person- however GWA lost to Towns County in the region finals.

moodswing

November 19th, 2013
8:45 pm

Ivy Atkism signed with Clemson last week!

Harvard Blue

November 20th, 2013
4:07 am

You better come down to Randolph Clay and check out 6′2″ Sophomore Kobi Thornton.

AAU Coach

November 20th, 2013
10:52 am

5-10 PG (10th grade) Kasha Austin from Charlton County will be a top 5 for girls basketball. She is 2012 Class A Player of the year (Courtney Williams @USF) little cousin.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 20th, 2013
12:40 pm

Moodswing:

Thanks for the correction. The post has been updated.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 20th, 2013
12:44 pm

Harvard Blue:

I wish I had time to get on the road and check out some games. I’ll have to wait and hope I see her in March Madness. But I’ll keep an eye on her, hopefully through the Augusta paper.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 20th, 2013
12:46 pm

AAU Coach:

Thanks for the tip. Saw Courtney in the playoffs. She was SPECIAL!! Hope she’s doing well at USF. Good luck to her little cuz this season. I’ll keep an eye out.

STC

AAU Coach

November 20th, 2013
2:43 pm

Thanks Coleman!! Talk with Courtney today and she is doing GREAT. Go Bulls!!!

Swamp Lizard

November 21st, 2013
8:14 am

What time will that FOOTBALL blog be out? ;)

bucket

November 21st, 2013
8:59 am

@ Swamp – How bad (or sad) is it that I came to this blog just to see if you had posted something like that?!? I know it’s basketball season and all the kids and coaches deserve their due credit and coverage, but I am consumed by Single A Private Football right now!

Swamp Lizard

November 21st, 2013
9:27 am

@ bucket ….. I mean no disrespect to all the basketball players & fans. They work really hard and deserve their time. Yes, I guess it is sad I’m “aching” for that next football blog …. I’m just a football Dad needing a “fix”.

bucket

November 21st, 2013
9:40 am

@ Swamp – I totally understand where you are coming from. I am suffering through the disappointing seasons of the Falcons and Bulldogs, so I am hoping Prince can improve my football mood this Friday!

Swamp Lizard

November 21st, 2013
11:19 am

@ Bucket …… you think your having a rough season …. try being a “Gator” fan and knowing your son’s Class A QB is better than anything the University of Florida can put on the field !! ;)

bucket

November 21st, 2013
12:06 pm

@ Swamp – ouch! You did do me one worse there. Brutal season for your Gators for sure. It won’t last forever I’m sure. Foley and UF is not as patient with bad results as UGA is.

kendawg

November 22nd, 2013
11:00 pm

You Left off Mallory Diamond Miller County 40 plus points in 6 games 50 in one game