- Georgia teams on the national scene: McEachern represents Georgia as the lone team in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, they come in with a 4-0 record and ranked #7 in the polls. #1 Monteverde Academy, #2 IMG Academy, #3 Oak Hill Academy #4 Sierra Canyon #5 University #6 La Lumiere #7 McEachern #8 Imhotep #9 DeMatha #10 Rancho Christian.
2. ALL WE DO IS WIN WIN WIN NO MATTER WHAT: The Upson-Lee Knights are in possession of a 72 game winning streak, they came to Atlanta at the Hawks-Naismith and got a win over 2 time defending state champion Langston Hughes 56-48.
3. Champions are rolling: Led by Coach Curtis Gilleylan, the 11-2 Meadowcreek Mustangs look like they are poised to repeat as state champions. With a stifling defense, and some offensive firepower led by Damian Dunn, Jalen Benjamin, Jamir Chaplin, and Kedrick Green, Emmanuel Collier, and Jammonie Watkins-Causey this Meadowcreek team may be better than the team that won the state title a year ago.
4. Hey Don’t Forget About Us: Norcross has one of the deepest benches in the state and one of the best juniors in the country BJ Boston, Wheeler has restocked Cal commit Charles Smith, and point guard Denver commit Roscoe Eastmond make Wheeler a team to watch. Deivon Smith, one of the most exciting guards in the state powers the Grayson Rams and a team that could go 11 deep. Pebblebrook with Jalen Harper and Devin Gordon are gonna make noise.
5. Party Crashers: Discovery led by Jaden Walker, look to crash the party out in Gwinnett County, Newton led by one of the best available bigs in Georgia Armani Harris, one of the best trey ball shooters around in Tyrease Brown, slasher Tre Clark and emerging guard Shawn Smith could be dangerous if they can get some help from their bench. South Paulding, Sprayberry, NE Macon, Butler, Bleckley County,
6. Guess whose coming to Dinner: The East Coweta Indians are for real folks, Chris Youngblood, and Brandon Stroud score the basketball, watch them break a few hearts in the state tournament.
7. Anybody can win it: 6A is wide open Alexander, Tri-Cities, Tucker, Brunswick, South Cobb are all usual suspects, while they are good teams there are a few new schools looking for respect. Coffee led by Jayce Moore, and Mackenzie McFadden are ready to put South Georgia on their back. Sprayberry’s Saigon Kitt wants to prove they belong in the conversation as the best team in 6A. 32 Minutes of Havoc, is the new culture at Mundy’s Mill, Jordan Black, Raquan Brown, Demarcus Feagin, make coach Dwight Callaway’s crew a fun team to watch. South Paulding, Lakeside Evans and Evans are teams trying to take the throne.
8. Looking for Competition come to Georgia: Georgia is the home to some of the best Holiday Classics, and events in the country. Teams come from all over the country to play in these Georgia events, Georgia has become true basketball capital of the south. The event organizers have put on some great events. and it will continue through Christmas, New Years, and the MLK Holidays.
9. Who is the best player in the class of 2019, 2020,2021: I don’t think it matters which class Anthony “Ant Man” Edwards, from Holy Spirit is in he will be the #1 player. He has announced he reclassed to 2019, but 2019 is loaded Isaac Okoro, Jamir Chaplin, Charles Smith, Kyle Sturdivant, 2020 has Sharife Cooper, Brandon Boston, Walker Kessler, Deivon Smith, Tyler Johnson, KD Johnson. Chance Moore from Holy Innocent might have stranglehold on the best player in 2021. But watch Zy Wright from Aquinas, Kowacie Reeves
10. Know my name, 20 seniors who college coaches should be recruiting 1.Mitch Ganote-Lambert 2.Terrell Burden-Campbell 3.Donaven Hairston, 4.Armani Harris-Newton 5.Vonterius Woodbright-Thomasville 6.Jevon Tatum-Grayson 7.Raquon Brown-Mundy’s Mill 8.Kamar Robertson-Cambridge 9.Hunter McIntosh-GAC 10.Mekhail Bethea-Dacula 11.Tyrease Brown-Newton 12.Matthew Gonzalo-St Pius 13.Nathan Presnell-Hiram 14.Kalen Williams-Lakeside Evans, 15.Jay Rucker-East Hall 16.Reco Hallmon-Grayson 17.Devin Gordon-Pebblebrook 18.Kalik Brooks -Alpharetta 19.Zyrice Scott- Upson Lee 20. Devin Evans-Duluth
11. Best regions in the state: Region 2A -AAAAAAA Wheeler, Pebblebrook, Westlake, Campbell, East Coweta Region 5 AAAAAA Alexander, Tri-Cities, Langston Hughes, South Paulding Region 5 AAAAA SWD, Lithonia, Columbia, Chamblee, Miller Grove Region 5 AAAA Troup County, Sandy Creek, Chapel Hill, Cedartown Region 5 AAA Cedar Grove, Pace Academy, Redan, Stone Mountain, Lovett Region 3 AA Washington County, NE Macon, Dublin, Bleckley County Region 5 A Greenforest, Holy Innocents, ELCA, Drew Charter, Trinity Christian Honorable Mention: Region 8 AAAAAAA Grayson, Archer, Newton, Shiloh, South Gwinnett, Rockdale County
12. Young Bucks need love to: Dillon Hunter, Fr. Westlake, Joyful Hawkins, Fr, Brunswick, Kobe Davis, Fr, Langston Hughes, Zocko Littleton, Fr, South Cobb, Chase Cormeir, Fr. St.Pius X
13.HypeSouth Mr. Middle Georgia Midseason:Travon Walker,Upson-Lee Devin Butts,Stratford Darius Dunn,NE-Macon Jordan Stephens, Rutland Zyrice Scott, Upson Lee Jalen Lamar, Wilkinson County
14. Best Team in Albany: Doughtery Best Team in Cherokee: Sequoyah Best team in Clayton: Mundy’s Mill Best team in Columbus: Carver Best Team in Cobb: McEachern Best team in DeKalb: St Pius Best Team in Douglas: Alexander Best Team in Fayette: Sandy Creek Best Team in Forsyth: Lambert Best Team in Fulton: St Francis Best Team in Gwinnett: Norcross Best Team in Hall: East Hall Best Team in Athens / Elbert: Elbert County Best Team in Macon: NE Macon Best Team in Middle Georgia: Upson-Lee Best Team in Paulding County: Paulding County Best Team in Savannah: Johnson-Savannah
15. The Coach K Award (Coach of the Year) Candidates: Curtis Gilleylan, Meadowcreek, Royal Maxwell, East Coweta, Dwight Callaway, Mundy’s Mill, Marc Carver, Sprayberry, Darrell Lockhart, Upson-Lee, Lenny Williams, Woodville-Toompkins, Mike Thompson, McEachern, Pernell Smith, Coffee County, Andre Flynn, Fayette County, Kevin Hammitt, Paulding County
Mid Season Champs: A-Public- Hancock Central Private- St Francis AA- Thomasville AAA- GAC Spartans AAAA-St. Pius AAAAAA- Buford AAAAAA- Brunswick AAAAAAA- Meadowcreek