McEachern girls basketball team reminiscent of 33-0 juggernaut

Two years ago, McEachern’s girls basketball team was 33-0, and six of its players were committed to Division 1 schools at the time. It was one of the state’s best and perhaps most under-appreciated girls teams in history.

It has taken a year to rebuild (McEachern lost in the first round last season), but it appears the Lady Indians are preparing a sequel for 2013-14.

Here is a look at some of the Class AAAAAA girls contenders –

McEachern – Guard Te’a Cooper, the remaining key figure from the 2012 championship team, is surrounded by similar talent again. Cooper has committed to North Carolina. Guard Declaria Daniels, who came off the bench on the 33-0 team, is now a senior and D-1 prospect. Taylor Gordon, who was honorable mention all-state that year as a sophomore at North Cobb, transferred to McEachern last year but had to sit out. She is committed to Wake Forest. Aunesha Williams, the Cherokee County player of the year last season, has transferred from Cherokee. The 6-footer scored 29 points with 26 rebounds in a playoff game last season. Her 6-1 twin Audrisha Williams also has joined the team. Caliya Robinson, the No. 3 power forward nationally in the class of 2015, has transferred from Kell. Jada Lewis was second-team all-county for McEachern as a freshman.

Norcross – The defending champions are moving on without state player of the year Diamond DeShields. Also graduated is Shayla Cooper, now at Georgetown. The team returns 6-2 post Sierra Butler (committed to Georgia Southern) and point guard Bri Williams (5-5 guard). Sydney Marshall, who will play volleyball in college at Gardner-Webb, is recovering from an ACL tear. Kolby Meeks is the sister of Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks. Marshall (6-1) and Meeks (6-0) give Norcross good size.

North Gwinnett – At 29-2 and the state runner-up a year ago, North will be a factor again despite graduating point guard Lexie Brown (Maryland) and Peyton Whitted (Penn State). Stephanie Amichia (6-2) has committed to LSU. Point guad Baylee Rexing (5-3) has committed to Ole Miss. Alyssa Munlyn (6-2) and Joshllyn Belcher (5-6) were other important players on last season’s team.

Parkview – The Panthers were 29-1 last season, losing in double-overtime to eventual champion Norcross. Coach Tony Watkins left for Lambert. The new coach is Kirk Call from Walnut Grove. Call was a popular assistant on Parkview’s 2003 state championship team. Parkview played lots of players and had no real star last season, so replacing two seniors (Marissa Mandeldove and Mia Marshall) shouldn’t be difficult. The team’s top player last season was probably point guard Genesis Perrymond, a South Alabama commit. She’s the only senior on this team, so expect Parkview to be a factor for the next several seasons.

Others to watch: Hillgrove has the highest-rated senior prospect is Mackenzie Engram of Hillgrove. The 6-foot-2 forward has signed with Georgia. … Nicole King, a 6-footer who will wind up in D-1, returns for Alpharetta, a 2013 quarterfinalist. …. … Andreona Keys of Roswell is going to Purdue. She averaged 26 points per game last season. … Brianna Moore, a 6-1 post from Luella, is going to Cincinnati … Katie Powell, who averaged 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds for Duluth last season, is going to TCU. … Maya Benham, who averaged 10.6 points and 6-2 rebounds as a sophomore at  Douglas County, has committed to Louisville.

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Coach

November 19th, 2013
10:33 am

Mceachern has a lot of transfers. Does anyone else find this somewhat fishy?

blue devil

November 19th, 2013
11:15 am

Fishy. GHSA where are you!!! Cobb County Athletics where are you!!! McEachern administration where are you!!! Is the girl from Kell and the two girls from Cherokee living with their AAU coach who happens to be Te’a Copper’s dad a little curious. This is “undue influence” if there ever was a case of it. This is a bunch of crap. They are a hand selected team with a subpar coach. Even she can’t screw this up.

Hubie Green

November 19th, 2013
12:08 pm

Didn’t you know that despite every player who transferred to Milton made a bonafide move and not s single one contacted first by the coaches, that undue influence only occurred there, ever? Shame on you blue devil!

factoid

November 19th, 2013
12:18 pm

How is McEachern getting four transfers considered “rebuilding”. No “building” occurred. “Rebuilding” implies developing players within your program, not bringing in talented players from half the schools in Cobb County.

dog

November 19th, 2013
12:42 pm

Hubie

sarcasm we hope my friend

Indian

November 19th, 2013
12:48 pm

As I remember a few of the key players on the Blue Devil team that is in Cobb County state champ team were “tuiution” players.

AllGood

November 19th, 2013
1:46 pm

It’s funny that you can type that article with a straight face. We all know the facts of the “recruit” oops I meant “rebuild”. Let’s call it what it is.

DEVILS

November 19th, 2013
5:04 pm

Indian

At least they paid their way into our school system. You’ll are paying their way and letting them live in an AAU coaches house. Better check his background and you might find out why he cannot coach at a NCAA sanctioned event. Felony on the record, but McEachern gives him the golden (master)key to the school doors.

UncleIndian

November 20th, 2013
8:33 am

Sounds like sour grapes in here!!! If they were at your school we would not here a peep!!! So quit crying!! Parents move to new districts all the time to give their child a better opportunity!! I’d do the same if my child is a star player playing on a team going nowhere or being under coached. Players get better playing with and against the best!!! So take your whinny selves elsewhere!!! GO LADY INDIANS!!!

AOT Indians

November 20th, 2013
10:18 am

What is going on at AOT High School is a joke. A shady AAU coach influencing his players to move in with him in order for his daughter to win state championships is making a complete mockery of 6A girls basketball in this state. This is not sour grapes. Many schools will benefit greatly from move-ins this season, but none of the othe schools operate as a proxy AAU program like McEachern currently is. Anyone who watches them play will see that this so-called high school team is a joke. This is not a high school team. It just isn’t. If they manage to not self-destruct this season and actually win a state title, it should have an asterisk next to it, just like their last one, when one of their starters lived in another county. While I realize the AJC is highly unlikely to ever do any real journalism and report the truth about the “AOT Indians” program, it would be nice if they would at least refrain from acting as a PR firm for them.

7-AAAAAADad

November 20th, 2013
10:38 am

Speaking of sarcasm, did I fall asleep and not wake up for four weeks? Not being disrespectful to lady round ballers, but this thread just makes it seem okay to visit other sites with a better conscience. On the other hand I guess there are 16 more 6A schools playing bouncy ball than last week.

Still, I guess I need to find a new FOOTBALL site! Still feel the need to jab with Sportsnut ( aka Sprotsknot, Sportskook, and spurtsnut). Come on Rob from the Cross and suwanneeowns, help me out!

I will be back after December 15. Bye ya’ll.

K From Da Wood

November 20th, 2013
10:38 am

Blinders my friend…blinders. This is the way of HS sports in Metro Atl. It is the Wild Wild West and nothing will ever be done about it!

Lady Indians supporter

November 20th, 2013
2:38 pm

Why are y’all crying about kids going to school where they want to go. And everybody talking about the “shady” aau coach, who has actually met him? oh OK. This man has developed plenty of talent around the state and put numerous girls in college. Transfers doesn’t guarantee a championship the hard work they put in and dedication these girls have will lead them to it. You only got a problem with this if your team sucks or you mad cuz your child couldn’t make the team.(North Cobb and Hillgrove parents)

AAU Parent

November 20th, 2013
9:11 pm

To all the McEachern folks, I actually do know Omar Cooper. He is a recruiter for McEachern, plain and simple. I could speak about several of the new move-ins, but let’s focus on the most recent one, Caliya Robinson. Talk about a shady deal. Omar has broken every GHSA rule possible with this girl. He even convinced Caliya’s mother to give up custody of the girl. That’s right! Caliya lives with Omar now in one of his several dwellings in the McEachern district. Here something you may not have known. After Caliya’s mother realized she had made a deal with the devil, she changed her mind and asked for Caliya back. She was told by Omar that is was too late because he had already enrolled her at McEachern. He bought her sneakers, paid cell bills, transported her to games, gave her instruction at McEachern, etc. And you are telling me that coach Arthur isn’t aware of this? She really is going to make us all believe that all these players just one day wake up and decide they want to go to McEachern? Come on! Where are you GHSA??? Why do we have rules, if we won’t enforce them? McEachern should not be able to get away with this year after year.

Kudaman

November 20th, 2013
10:56 pm

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John Mceachern

November 21st, 2013
1:15 am

AAU parent

you just got it all figured out huh? You are a hell of a detective I cant believe you grown people really wanna knock a dude who tryna do the best for girls he deal with. Ask yourself a question if your child was on this team looking to make a state run would you still be complainig?..hmmmmmmmmmm

AAU Parent

November 21st, 2013
7:20 am

John Mceachern, are you serious? It didn’t take much detective work. All you have to do is either ask the players themselves or any AAU coach. All of those girls were fine at the schools they were at and would have received Division I scholarships without any help from your “Dude,” Omar Cooper. He is trying to the best for his daughter, nobody else. Unfortunately, he is breaking every ruole in the book in the process and I can’t wait to see it when McEachern has to forfeit all the games these illegal recruits play in. However, you are right one thing, I wouldn’t complain if my child was going to make a state run on a stacked team. Of course, if my child wokred her butt off for 3-5 years and did things the right way only to be cut from the team, I would be complaining to the GHSA! That is exactly what got Milton in trounle and that is what will happen to McEachern soon….really soon. What I can’t believe is that coach Arthur is going to punish the rest of the team. They could have accomplished so much this season without cheating, but now they are going to win all these games only to have to forfeit them later. Go read the Georgia Sports Vent when you get a chance. Go read the MDJ. Everyone is discussing this behind the scenes and the GHSA will have to deal with it. I am really surprised the McEachern parents haven’t spoken up; however, I guess cheaters never really think they will get caught.

AJC needs to do some reporting

November 21st, 2013
8:29 am

There are allegations from numerous people that a McEachern booster is using money, power and influence to pressure kids to attend McEachern and is coercing parents to give up custody of their children in order to make it happen. How hard could it really be for the AJC to find out if there is fire under all this smoke?

AAU Parent

November 21st, 2013
9:37 am

Exactly. The AJC or the MDJ could look into this. The GHSA is supposed to look into this. The county AD should be looking into it if for no other reason, to help Hillgrove finish in first this year instead of second. This is a great opportunity for adults in positions of power to show everyone that the integrity of the game is still more important than a trophy. Steve Jones, where are you? It is part of your job to deal with this. Step up and fight for the county and Region 4AAAAAAA basketball. Do we only care when the men violate the rules? Is this a gender equity issue? Do we not care about the integrity of the women’s sports? Step up leaders and do what is right by these kids.

AAU Parent

November 21st, 2013
9:41 am

Hey Uncle Indian. Would you convince a single mom to sign over custody of her child to come live with you so your daughter could have a better chance at winning a State Championship? That isn’t sour grapes my friend. That is unethical and some might even say criminal. Everybody wants to win, but only a few are wiling to break the rules to do it. It would be interesting to see just how good McEachern would be if they had to play with the players who came through their jr. programs. They would actuaally have to practice and work hard like everyone else to make it to the state tournament. Any school can win when they recruit a bunch of all -stars. Pathetic!

K From Da Wood

November 21st, 2013
10:00 am

Why would anyone try to defend this. It is what it is. McEachern isn’t alone. Some of you people need to stop being naive. This is the world today. High School basketball doesn’t even matter, no coach is coming to see any player that they haven’t already seen on the summer circuit. This is why the high school coaches no longer coach, but just simply manage talent. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.

Coach

November 21st, 2013
10:34 am

I agree with some of your points, K FROM DA WOOD, but as a basketball coach in Cobb, I can tell you that I coach my A@@ off every day. I show up at 7 a.m. to work with my players in the morning, practice after school from 3:45-5:45, and then usually stay at the gym for jr. league games. At my particular school, I had no talent. I had to sacrifice my time to develop talent. As crazy as it seems, that is actually possible. The few recruits that wanted to come here were told by me that I didn’t want them! I have a group of players that work hard for me and do what I ask and I would never sell them out after all their dedication to my program. It is true that McEachern isn’t alone. I am not naive. It isn’t just basketball. It is everything and everywhere. However, when good people don’t stand up for what is right, the worng people will continue to break the rules. It may not do anythiing, but at least I sleep well at night knowing I will one day stand before my maker with a clean conscience knowing that I didn’t exploit teenagers for a trophy and a little recognition. Dr. Swearngin, Regina Montgomery, and Steve Jones should be called on the carpet for turning a blind eye to this. I really wish the other teams in the region would refuse to play McEachern this season. I mean, that would get media attention and then the GHSA’s attention. What is the pointof playing them anyway? You will be playing a freshmen college team and will most likely lose by 30+ points unless they use the second half to start practicing with their 2nd and 3rd strings.

GOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
10:52 am

Why would you be so willing to throw “salt” at a hard working team full of girls that are passionate about basketball and winning? At the end of the day, the girls are innocent; and the accusations that you make and the chant and rant about contacting the GHSA and hoping for forfeit of games HURTS NOTHING BUT THE GIRLS at the end of the day. It’s about the kids. It’s not about you parents will all of these ill-mannered comments. Every single one of those girls bust their but everyday and work hard. Stop hating. Talent is talent, DEAL WITH IT.

NOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
11:06 am

At GOINDIANS

So the kids should not be penanlized? They know this is cheating as well and went along with it. GET A CLUE.

GOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
11:12 am

K From Da Wood

November 21st, 2013
11:14 am

Coach I applaud you for doing the right thing. Developing players is challenging and rewarding. Kudos to you. @ GOINDIANS the players that have talent have been seen and are already known. Their opportunities to play at the next level will not be affected by the high school that they play at. Furthermore, part of parenting and coaching is teaching kids about integrity and character, what about seeing things through to the end. I have no issue with legitimate moves, even if the parents come out of pocket and rents an apartment, but to blatantly disregard the rules and act as if it is not happening, is just simply irresponsible and unacceptable. At least be accountable and stop defending the nonsense.

Recruiting

November 21st, 2013
11:18 am

Recruiting has ruined high school basketball and until something gets done about it the sport will no longer survive for those who do it the right way. Let’s go Steve Jones and Jimmy Dorsey. You’ll are ruined your legacy letting this stuff go on.

Indian Fan

November 21st, 2013
11:30 am

every girl on mceachern team stay in the district so what complaint do you actually have ladies? The best players on mceachern team are both from their program so whats the problem. They not going to win without #2 or #3(both mceachern jr program alums) and both are coming back next yr. yall just have no faith in your kids. It doesn’t matter who is on the team it all boils down to hardwork and jelling. Yall seem to have already conceded the championship to us. We didnt complain when a couple of our players went to north cobb last year we just took our lumps and now were back with a vengance.

BigDog

November 21st, 2013
11:31 am

K From Da Wood. I agree with you. They assume people are “hating or throwing salt” when that’s not the case. There is talent throughout that school without having to bring in outsiders. All the transfers were already D1 girls based on summer ball, so as you say, this is nothing but a trophy hunt. Let’s keep it 100. Life will show that cheaters don’t prosper in the long run. Just say yeah, we did it, so what? I would respect that more. lol

GOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
11:37 am

I agree with you that it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that children are instilled with integrity, honesty and character. It also important to teach them that they should not be punished and subjected to harsh criticisms and false accusations from outsiders who are jealous simply because they are talented. It speaks volumes when any coach can teach and train children and the reward of their hard work, dedication and talents can manifest into success. However, you have adults who don’t know anything about the children and they throw out wild accusations and automatically assume that the program is dishonest and attack their characters. Wow!

Indian Fan

November 21st, 2013
11:38 am

NoIndians

Why take it out on a child? You think a high school student can disobey there parent and not transfer so you need to get a clue! And nobody said anything about how two of North cobb guards are illegally attending the school. These are 14-18 yo girls as long as they are happy let them be.

Indian Fan

November 21st, 2013
11:40 am

Go Indians

Exactly!!!

K From Da Wood

November 21st, 2013
11:47 am

The players are not the issue. Stop defending the ill natured acts of adults by masking it as attacking the players. No one wants to see these girls hurt, but to say that they shouldn’t be punished because it’s not their fault is simply passing the buck. McEachern is just a symptom of a large issue that needs to be addressed. On that 2012 championship team you had a girl who that lived in Newton county and played in Dekalb then transferred to McEachern, while her sister remained and played in Newton county. Just don’t expect everyone else to play dumb while you play stupid!

Indian Fan

November 21st, 2013
11:54 am

K from da wood

So she was the reason that team won? They had six d-1 signees 5 of which that played there since freshman year. You nitpicking.

GOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
11:59 am

GEEZ, at the end of the day, it is about the girls and hurting the girls. I know, I know… it sucks to suck. To sum it up, thanks for the loads of motivation. Continue to stay on your job. We have a great group of girls who are passionate players of the game of basketball. For me, YES…it’s about the girls.
“You even called me stupid in your verse, and I’m almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.”
-Franz Grillparzer

Why?

November 21st, 2013
12:11 pm

I honestly have no idea why anyone would go play for McEachern other than the benefits allegedly provided by a certain booster. Anyone seen them play? Their lack of discipline and respect for their coaches will be their undoing. For all the talk about how much more talent they have than everyone else, I wouldn’t bet on them winning a state championship. The 2011-12 team was more talented and it took all they could do that year to beat a beaten up Norcross team in the semis.

Vernon Chandler

November 21st, 2013
12:11 pm

I’ll put my name on here. My child played in the McEachern feeder program from 6th to 8th grade. We applied for the Magnet Program at North Cobb when she was still in the 8th grade and was accepted. Willing to bring paperwork if need be Her GPA is 4.1. Nothing about that is illegal. She enjoyed playing with great players and winning CCJBC titles with T’ea, Jada, DD, KT and the group of great girls that play at McEachern. I appreciate Coach Troop helping my child learn to believe in herself. Ultimately, I hope they all earn free educations and send congrats to KT, TG and DD for signing scholarships to further their educations. I only responded because someone inaccurately made a claim about my child that can be backed up documented. I pray that all the girls from our region play well, don’t get injured & go to college.

K From Da Wood

November 21st, 2013
12:16 pm

No…that kid is just an example! You are still defending dishonest tactics to build a winner. If ignorance of the law isn’t an excuse when breaking the law, how can blatantly violating the rules be defended. Again I am not saying the McEachern is the big bad wolf or the evil empire. They are just one of many schools in many sports that are benefitting from a poorly governed system. The coaches and administrators that turn a blind eye are all culpable.

why so serious

November 21st, 2013
12:19 pm

Vernon Chandler

Thats exactly what we should we hope all in the region does well and no injuries and scbolarships for everyone.Alot of these girls are friends and we shouldnt ty to make them enemies! North Cobb still has a hell of a team and so do hillgrove. Its a great day in cobb county basketball and we should all just sit and enjoy it.

GOINDIANS

November 21st, 2013
12:20 pm

why so serious…

My sentiments! I concur! Great ending to all of this madness.

why so serious

November 21st, 2013
12:25 pm

Go Inndians

Thanks and im not a Mceachern fan but it has already been investigated as with all tranferring players and nothing was found so lets just enjoy the great basketball season, which i think will be more competitive than the boys.

Vernon Chandler

November 21st, 2013
12:25 pm

Why so serious, Thanks

K From Da Wood

November 21st, 2013
12:26 pm

GOINDIANS it was not my intent to call you stupid. It was a reference to all those that are acting as if there is no problem with the way some schools are acquiring players, and worse expecting those that know better to be silent and act as if it is ok. Good luck on your season!

Indians!!!!

November 21st, 2013
12:32 pm

Wow all of this for high school girls basketball this is sad yall would try to ruin a girls whole season just because your team is not up to par. Stop it people….

Go INDIANS!!!! US AGAINST THE WORLD

Cherokee County

November 21st, 2013
12:35 pm

This has not been investigated. That is just a spoke screen. It will be soon though. Watch out the rath will some come down on mighty McEachern and Mr. Cooper. The word is that the Cherokee and Kell coach have hired a private investigator. GHSA would not do the investigation on their own but told the schools that if they could fine evidence like Roswell did then they would pursue.

NY State of Mind

November 21st, 2013
12:40 pm

My child also played with the Junior program at McEachern and we decided to move her to North Cobb LEGALLY for educational purposes. By no means are we looking to transfer from school to school on the hopes of obtaining a basketball championship. We enjoyed our time at McEachern, loved the middle school coaching staff as we still have a great relationship with Coach CC. We too can provide documentation supporting our daughter’s enrollment at North Cobb. Now for the rest of the mayhem…I will leave that to all you. My hope is that all of Cobb County girls do well and far exceed their dreams and desires.

Indians!!!!

November 21st, 2013
12:44 pm

So if a player move from cherokee county to another county they should have to still atrend tat school? Oh ok! And why are yall attacking Omar Cooper? Sounds like jealousy before yall judge maybe ypu should sitdown and talk to him first. I know yall haters be at the game he aint hard to find.

GoWarriors

November 21st, 2013
12:53 pm

The only team that can beat any team is the TEAM with the mentality that they came to win…My child does not play for McEachern, but does play in Cobb County… Yes McEachern has recruited, does it make it right no. People make moves, give custody all day long, The Lord word says: There is nothing new under the sun… so that being said… Young ladies “Step up your game”…Oh, and one last thing…as far as Tia’ you can’t take nothing from her, Basketball is her first love…and when you love this game like she does.. you put in the works, and you see the results. In Duck hunting, you don’t have to get all the Ducks to have a successful hunt; Likewise, Teams don’t evaluate success by getting everyone on board. They celebrate and invest in THOSE who respond.

Indians!!!!

November 21st, 2013
1:06 pm

everyone come join us saturday night for the game of the week vs Norcross and we can discuss all of this.

Genius

November 21st, 2013
1:20 pm

So, if I have read these post correctly, I can sum up McEachern’s stance this way. Yes, we are cheaters, but let’s not hold anyone accoutnable because it will only hurt the girls.Does that about sum it up? Maybe Omar, Phyllis, and the players should have thought about that when they knowingly broke the damn rules! DUH!!! Whenever rules are broken, someone is held accountable. Who the hell should be held accountable? No wonder you are cheating; you have no regard for rules! McEachern isn’t the problem, it’s everyone else who is jealous because they don’t work hard and don’t have nay talent. Seriously? McEachern would be a mediocre team at best without all the move-ins. The home grown players are average at best and the coach hasn’t shown she knows the first thing about the game since all she has to do is show up and scream every once in while.
Regardless of the diversions the McEachern folks are trying to throw up, the fact that this blog has continued should tell you it is a hot topic. Go check out the Sports Vent and you will see the same thing there. I can personally tell you though that it IS about to be investigated and the proof for 1 player in particular is overwhelming! I would share it with you all, but I want McEachern to squirm a little :)