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Buford to face multiplier? GHSA to hear new reclass plan

Schools that get a significant number of their students from outside their district boundaries could find themselves competing in higher classifications beginning in 2014-15 if a proposal before the Georgia High School Association is passed next week.

The plan, submitted by Lovett, would affect private schools but also public city schools such as sports powers Buford, Gainesville, Cartersville and Calhoun. Also at risk of getting bumped in class are magnet, charter and open-enrollment schools that are more common in larger school systems such as Cobb, DeKalb, Atlanta, Bibb and Muscogee.

The chances of the proposal passing  is perhaps unlikely. GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin calls it impractical to force every school to compile those statistics on their student bodies.

But the proposal remains significant in that a private school is willing to revisit a multiplier after  the public-private split in Class A this academic year. It also underscores the growing concern …

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‘Never Nervous’: Five Georgia players who starred in the Final Four

Three former Georgia high school basketball players are on teams that made this weekend’s Final Four in Atlanta. They are Kevin Ware (Rockdale County) of Louisville and Tekele Cotton (Whitefield Academy) and Carl Hal (Bleckley County) of Wichita State.

It’s rare that a Georgia player has been one of the marquee players in the Final Four.

Here are five memorable exceptions:

1981: Al Wood, Jones County – Wood was the first Georgia player to make the five-man All-Tournament team, and  no Georgia player has ever been so prolific a scorer on such a national stage as Wood in the 1981 semifinals against Virginia and Ralph Sampson. The 6-foot-6 guard scored 39 points (making 14 of 19 shots) with 10 rebounds in the 78-65 victory.  The 39 points broke Jerry West’s record of 38 for a national semifinal. Wood scored 18 more in the final, but North Carolina was beaten by Indiana and Isiah Thomas. Wood was drafted by the Hawks in the first round and played seven years in the NBA. …

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10@10: Defensive coordinators highly sought … All-star games … GSWA all-state basketball … GHSA vs. GISA

Here are 10 observations and news items concerning high school football and basketball and the GHSA that you might find interesting.

1. Some of the metro Atlanta’s top defensive coordinators have been on the move this off-season. The latest is North Gwinnett’s Mo Dixon, who announced Wednesday that he was taking a similar position at Byrnes, the South Carolina power about a dozen state championships. Dixon had been defensive coordinator for the past seven years on Bob Sphire’s staff. Meanwhile, Grayson’s defensive coordinator, Robert Andrews, is East Jackson’s new head coach. Lovejoy’s Kevin Jones is the head coach at Dutchtown. Burke County’s Michael Youngblood is the new head coach at South Cobb. Brookwood assistant Michael Owens is the new head coach at Chattahoochee. Brookwood doesn’t assign the title of defensive coordinator, but Owens was integral in helping the Broncos’ defenses over the years. Coaching tip: Defensive coordinators at top programs are …

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Basketball: Who are Georgia’s best players in college ball? KCP, Howell …

A former Georgia high school player was named the SEC player of the year this week. Two were named first-team All-SEC. Two were named first-team All-ACC.

Got me to thinking. What be the all-Georgia team in college basketball?

I’ve got four. Who is the fifth?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia (Greenville) – A 6-foot-5 sophomore guard, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 18.0 poinds and 6.9 rebounds. Caldwell-Pope is the first former Georgia high school player be named the SEC’s POY since Kenny Walker of Kentucky (Crawford County) in 1986. TRIVIA: Georgia players were the SEC players fo the year five times in six seasons from 1982 through 1986. Who were they?

Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State (Centennial) – Brown made second-team All-ACC. Brown is averaging 12.5 points and an ACC-leading 7.0 assists on a team that is 22-9.

Richard Howell, N.C. State (Wheeler) – Howell, who led Wheeler to its most recent state title in 2009, made first-team All-ACC. Howell is averaging 12.7 points and …

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Public-Private debate: Is AA the next to split?

The GHSA split Class A into public and private divisions this academic year, but that hasn’t ended private-school domination elsewhere.

Even with only 10 private schools in AAA and AA, private schools have won 10 of the 17 AAA/AA state titles so far. The 113 public schools in AAA and AA have claimed the other seven.

That doesn’t count swimming, which doesn’t have AAA or AA classes, but a combined AAAAA-A. If that sport had AAA and AA, it would be 14 to 7, privates ahead. Westminster has its own pool, after all.

But it’s not just swimming and cross country and volleyball that the privates have dominated.

Last week, private school athletic superiority was evident on the hardwood of the basketball state finals in Macon. Greater Atlanta Christian (boys) and Wesleyan (girls) won the Class AA championships. GAC’s average margin of victory was 25.4 points. Wesleyan’s was 38. Both won their state championship games by wide margins.

In AAA, private school St. Pius won its …

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Semifinal blowouts: Where is the parity in Georgia high school basketball?

State records fell during the last weekend’s semifinals of the state basketball tournament. They’re nothing to brag about, though.

The average margin of victory of the girls games was 21.1 points, making them the most lopsided girls semifinals in state tournament history. The record had been 19.4 in 2011.

The boys semifinals last week were more competitive, with an average margin of 11.9 points, but still on the rise from 11.0 in 2012 and 9.9 in 2011. Miller Grove won 72-38 in Class AAAAA. Eagle’s Landing won by 26, Columbia by 27. Johnson of Savannah won by 22.

The lack of parity in semifinals has risen since the 1970s, when the average margin of victory was 9.7 points. Thanks to the Georgia Basketball Project for providing the scores that allowed for that calculation.

Is it the trend of transfers and the evolution of super teams? Is it the move to six classifications? Is it the way that the GHSA sets up the bracket? Or was last weekend a fluke?

Consider the shock and …

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Boys semifinal previews: Cobb makes semifinal history … Norcross, Miller Grove, Columbia, GAC chase history … #1 Buford vs. #2 Savannah … #1 Eagle’s Landing vs. #2 South Atlanta

Here is a look at the 14 semifinal boys games slated for this weekend. Look for a girls preview later today.

Class AAAAAA

*Hillgrove vs. Wheeler (5:30 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Tech): Both are Cobb County schools, Wheeler rich in basketball tradition, Hillgrove making its first semifinal appearance six years after opening its doors. Wheeler won state titles in 1994, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009 under coach Doug Lipscomb. The Wildcats are 21-8 this season, ranked No. 7, and winners of Region 5. Hillgrove, ranked fifth, is 26-4 overall, 13-2 since Jan. 11 with both losses to second-ranked North Cobb, which is in the other semifinal. (Cobb is the first county ever to put three teams in the boys semifinals in the highest classification.) Wheeler is full of blue-chip recruits, one of which, junior Elijay Staley, had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the 60-47 victory over sixth-ranked Peachtree Ridge in the quarters. Hillgrove is led by Kyle Castlin and B.J. Brown.

*North Cobb vs. Norcross

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Boys quarterfinal primer: No. 1 Tift vs. No. 2 North Cobb … Columbia-Marist III … GAC-Manchester rematch

Here is a class-by-class look at the boys quarterfinals.

For a rundown on the girls semifinals, go here.

AAAAAA – Tift County had to turn 400 fans away Saturday for its 100-81 victory over Westlake. Expect the same for the quarterfinals against North Cobb unless Tift is able to find a way to squeeze them in. Tift is ranked No. 1, North Cobb No. 2. Tift led by as many as 30 against Westlake, which is ranked eighth. … The other quarterfinal that is between ranked teams matches No. 6 Peachtree Ridge at No. 7 Wheeler. AJC.com’s David Purdum is slated to cover that one from The Lip in Marietta. … Unranked Brunswick is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1982. The Pirates will be at home against fifth-ranked Hillgrove, another second seed. Hillgrove made the quarters in 2010. Neither has made a state semifinal. … No. 3 Norcross plays Berkmar in the other quarter. The two Gwinnett County schools have won some six state titles since 2000, although it’s been a …

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State tournament primer: Favorites, story lines, history, Cinderellas, debuts …

Here’s a bit of a primer on the state basketball tournament, which begins today (Tuesday).

What: The Georgia High School Association state basketball tournament. It began in 1922 as a boys-only event and was run by the Georgia Interscholastic Athletic Association (GIAA), but the GHSA existed then and recognizes those champions. The girls joined the mix in 1945. The Georgia Interscholastic Association (GIA) held tournaments for African American schools from 1948 through 1970 during segregation.

When/where: The state tournaments  for classes AAAAAA through AA begin Tuesday and Wednesday. The Class A tournaments begin Feb. 22-23. The finals are March 7-9 in Macon. Until the semifinals, the games are played on the home court of the higher-seeded teams.

What’s new: Two big changes in the state tournament this year.

- Class A is split into public and private state championships. While the draws for classes AAAAAA through AA have been posted, those for Class A will be released …

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AAAAAA odds: Maxwell pegs Tift, North Gwinnett as favorites

Here are the Maxwell Ratings’ computer-generated odds of winning the state championship for each of the 64 Class AAAAAA boys and girls playoff teams.

The odds are based on team strength, but also the difficulty of each team’s draw. For example, in the girls draw, second-ranked Parkview might play third-ranked Norcross in the second round. That hurts their chances, while helping the chances of No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett. Hillgrove’s boys, though seeded second from its own region, have a decidedly easier path than any other Top 10 team because of their light draw.

Here’s a definition of terms:

Rating = Strength of the team.

Draw = Strength of opponents this team might face. (Low number means a favorable draw.)

Wins=Number of times team would win out championship in 100 tries.

Odds = Chances of this team winning the title.

Here are the odds for other classifications:

AAAAAA

AAAAA

AAAA

AAA

AA

CLASS AAAAAA

BOYS

1. Tift County Rating: 97.04 Draw: 83.44 Wins: 29.29 Odds: …

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