High-SchoolGeorgia: Basketball

Milton remains No. 1 in hoop rankings

March, 6, 2012
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Milton's title hopes took a significant hit when guard Charles Mann was assessed a pair of technicals against North Gwinnett, which will keep him out the final two games of the postseason. The squad was undefeated this season with Mann in the lineup and appeared a lock to reach the finals. Now, the Eagles face a tough Harrison squad minus its floor general.

No. 2 Columbia continues to steamroll opponents on the strength of its defense, which limited Carrollton to 30 points last round. The win sets up a rematch with Eagle's Landing, which held off Crisp County last round. Top-10 squads Shiloh (No. 8) and GAC (out) drop in the rankings after losing last round.
Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (27-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (29-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (22-9) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Fayette Co. drops out, Berkmar enters this week's top 10

February, 28, 2012
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There was only one major upset to the top 10 this week as Fayette County fell to LoveJoy in Class AAAA bracket. The loss knocks Fayette out of this week's rankings but with 25 wins they remain in consideration for the final top 10. Milton and Shiloh has the makings of a great second round contest with a matchup of Shiloh's size versus Milton's talent and winning pedigree.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (25-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (27-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (19-9) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Region tourney shakes up hoop rankings

February, 21, 2012
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The region tourney usually leads to some surprising upsets, and this year was no different as several ranked teams failed to bring home a title. Among those that fell, Eagle's Landing, North Gwinnett and Jordan all fell out of those rankings, while Fayette County, Shiloh and Westlake all fell a couple of spots. The region tourney also helped many teams, of course, as Miller Grove returned to the top three and GAC crept up to No. 6. Buoyed by region crowns, North Cobb, Alcovy and Carrollton all make their debuts.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (23-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (26-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (18-9) — last week No. 6
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

N. Gwinnett, GAC return to rankings

February, 14, 2012
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Region play begins this week as the state's powers look to begin their quest for a state title next month. The top six teams remained the same and locked up top seeds and byes in region play. Eagle's Landing and Jordan moved up a spot each, and North Gwinnett and Greater Atlanta Christian return to the top 10 for the first time since our preseason rankings.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (21-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (24-1) — last week No. 2
3. Fayette County (24-2) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Three new teams enter this week's hoop rankings

February, 7, 2012
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Our top five teams remained the same, but losses by the majority of teams 6-10 really shook up this week's rankings. Dropping out after losses were Mill Creek, Chattahoochee and Wheeler and Washington County, Tift County and Jordan took their spots. We're still high on Wheeler so they have a chance to bounce back in the final week of the regular season. Miller Grove makes a big jump to No. 6 after defeating rival Southwest DeKalb, while Eagles Landing dropped two spots following a loss to Drew.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (19-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (22-1) — last week No. 2
3. Fayette County (24-1) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Westlake moves into the top five in hoop rankings

January, 31, 2012
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We're heading into the final stretch of the hoop season and the region and postseason picture is beginning to clear up. Top-ranked Milton clinched the 6-AAAAA region crown and a bye in playoff play courtesy of an 3-0 week. The Eagles scored victories over Northview and Centennial then held off No. 10 Wheeler by five. No. 2 Columbia is also in the driver's seat in 5B-AAA play, with an unblemished 8-0 mark. Look for several other clubs to wrap up their titles over the next few games. No new squads entered the fray this week, but some squads shuffled around the top 10. Westlake bumped up a couple spots and finds itself in the No. 5 spot, while Chattahoochee tumbled to No. 8 after a pair of losses.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (18-4*) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (19-1) — last week No. 2
3. Fayette County (20-1) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Fayette County enters the top three in Georgia hoop rankings

January, 24, 2012
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Georgia finally has a team back in the top 10 of the POWERADE FAB 50, and it's the Eagles of Milton. Coach David Boyd's troops have rebounded from their early-season forfeits to string together a 18-1 mark on the court and move to No. 10 nationally. Leading the charge has been Virginia-bound forward Evan Nolte, who is making a push for All-American consideration with his play. At No. 2 is Columbia which is holding off fast-charging Eagles Landing (No. 6) in Class AAA action. Big moves were made by Fayette County (up to No. 3) and Miller Grove (down to No. 9 after falling to Chamblee), while Wheeler rejoins the top 10 after struggling at the start of the winter.

Here's a look at the top three teams:

1. Milton (15-4*) — last week No. 1

2. Columbia (19-1) — last week No. 2

3. Fayette County (18-1) — last week No. 4

*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Columbia new No. 2 squad in this week's hoop rankings

January, 18, 2012
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We're more than mid-way through the season and the title contenders are beginning to surface. Milton remains at the No. 1 spot after another undefeated week. David Boyd's crew seems to have hit its stride with the return of Charles Mann as they have yet to lose with him in the lineup. Columbia continues to roll and is now firmly entrenched in the No. 2 spot with a 17-1 mark. The Eagles have won 73 straight at home and will be a tough draw the rest of the way. Rounding out the top five is Miller Grove ( still yet to lose in Georgia), a surging Fayette County squad and Shiloh, which lost its first in-state contest.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (13-4*) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (17-1) — last week No. 3
3. Miller Grove (9-7) — last week No. 2
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.
Milton and Miller Grove are heading in different directions as far as wins are concerned, but both squads are still the favorites to win state titles in their respective classifications in March. Milton has reeled off seven in a row to move to No. 17 in the POWERADE FAB 50, while Miller Grove has dropped five straight (all out of state) and are clinging to a No. 34 ranking nationally. Miller Grove could benefit from all its close games against elite squads and close out the season with a four-peat at state. Columbia, Shiloh and Fayette County remain hot as the three clubs went a combined 6-0 last week. This week's schedule offers up some intriguing matchups, so expect some movement in next week's top 10.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (11-4) — Last week No. 1
2. Miller Grove (6-5) — Last week No. 2
3. Columbia (15-1 — Last week No. 3

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Miller Grove hoops to face nation's No. 1 team

January, 6, 2012
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The Miller Grove basketball team will play in the second of its three nationally televised contests Saturday night when it takes on Simeon (Chicago), the No. 1 squad in the POWERADE FAB 50.

The game is part of the Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia and tips off at 8 p.m.live on ESPN2. The contest will feature two of the nation's top recruits in Miller Grove senior center Tony Parker (No. 31 in the ESPNU 100) and Simeon junior swingman Jabari Parker (No. 1 in the ESPNU 60). With a win, Miller Grove will put an end to a four-game losing skid and prove it belongs among the nation's elite. The Wolverines' losing streak began with an 82-78 loss to Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) on ESPN.

ESPNHS Basketball editor Jason Jordan has you covered with a full breakdown of this huge matchup. Click here for his preview.

Click here for ESPNHS Illinois editor Mike Grimala's one-on-one with Jabari Parker on Miller Grove.

Milton takes over No. 1 in the Georgia basketball rankings

January, 3, 2012
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Eagle's Landing school is often mistaken for Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, a school just three miles down the toad. But while ECLA has had a good start to the winter, Eagle's Landing is separating itself from its neighboring school while putting the rest of the state on notice. The Eagles make their debut in our rankings after reeling off wins in 11 of their 12 contests, including victories against Buford and Southwest DeKalb.
Our new No. 1 this week is Milton, which has shrugged off three forfeits to go 9-4 this season. The Eagles won the prestigious Beach Ball Classic title last week and have yet to lose with Charles Mann in the lineup. No. 2 Miller Grove enjoyed a long layoff before it gets back to business against the nation's No. 1 team, Simeon of Illinois, on Jan. 7. Columbia drops to No. 3 and hopes to hold off one-loss Shiloh and fast-charging Mill Creek.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (9-4) — Last week No. 5
2. Miller Grove (6-4) — Last week No. 1
3. Columbia (13-1) — Last week No. 2
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Miller Grove stays on top in boys' hoops

December, 27, 2011
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You may wonder why a four-loss team is occupying the top spot in our rankings but it's simple: No one in Georgia has beaten Miller Grove. The Wolverines four losses have come to nationally ranked teams outside of the state, therefore MG retains its spot at the top for this week. Columbia has taken care of business down in AAA and keeps pace with Grove at No. 2. New to the mix is Mill Creek, a squad that has kicked off the year with seven consecutive wins.

Here's a look at how the Top 3 teams fared last week:

1. Miller Grove -- lost to Lake Wells, Fla. 78-60 (last week No. 1)

2. Columbia -- defeated Butler 71-40 (last week No. 2)

3. Shiloh -- bye week (last week No. 3)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Columbia basketball player taken off court on stretcher

December, 27, 2011
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A scary scene occurred during Monday night’s Converse Holiday Invitational at Columbia High School, as Eagles forward Jarmal Reid was carted off the court after an apparent asthma attack in the first half of the team’s 71-39 win over Butler.

The Oregon State recruit complained about difficulties breathing throughout the half and alerted the coaching staff, who had also taken notice of his uncharacteristic play.

“He said he was weak and some of his shots were falling extremely short,” assistant coach Clint McCrary said. “It never got better. He didn’t make it into the locker with us for halftime.”

Paramedics attended to Reid on the court and eventually took him off the floor on a stretcher as the rest of the shocked squad began third-quarter action.

According to McCrary, Reid was taken to a local hospital for observation. He was alert and communicating with coaches and paramedics as he left the gym.

“We saw him on the stretcher and figured he was going to be all right,” senior forward Jhaustin Thomas said. “We wanted to play our hardest for him the rest of the game.”

With the win, Columbia advances to play Crisp County on Wednesday night.

Update: Reid remained hospitalized overnight at DeKalb Medical with low oxygen levels. Reached via Twitter Tuesday morning by ESPNHS, Reid said he would likely remain in the hospital for a couple of days.

The Five Days of List-Mas: NBA Players from Georgia

December, 15, 2011
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Georgia.

Tony Parker, Robert Carter and Shaq Goodwin are all standout basketball recruits who are headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Georgia has a long history of sending top high school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from the Peach State to play in the NBA.
5. Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Credentials: Abdur-Rahim was a key figure on the Vancouver Grizzlies in their second season. The Wheeler alum and McDonald's All-American was the third overall pick in the 1996 draft and finished his career averaging 18.1 points a game.

4. Dale Ellis
Credentials: Ellis is regarded as one of the most lethal catch-and-shoot players in league history. The Marietta grad was the ninth overall pick in the 1983 Draft and won the 3-point contest in 1989. He was the league's Most Improved Player in 1987 and earned All-NBA third-team accolades two years later.

3. Horace Grant
Credentials: Grant was an underrated contributor to the Bulls' dynasty in the 90s. The Hancock Central grad was deadly shooting 17-footers and could defend multiple positions. Grant finished his career averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 boards. He played for the East Squad in the 1993-94 All-Star game and captured four NBA titles with the Bulls.

2. Dwight Howard
Credentials: The league's premier center was the nation's top high school player as a senior at Southwest Atlanta Christian. The seven-year pro was the first pick in the 2004 Draft and is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Howard has made five All-Star game appearances and took the Magic to the 2009-10 NBA Finals.

1. Walt Frazier
Credentials: Frazier left Howard and became one of the NBA's all-time great guards. He was the fifth pick in the 1967 Draft and went on to play 13 seasons for the Knicks and Cavs. Frazier won a pair of titles with the Knicks in the '70s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

Miller Grove remains No. 1 in Week 1 basketball rankings

December, 14, 2011
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After games ending Wednesday, Dec. 13

The big story in Georgia hoops was Milton forfeiting three wins due to the use of an ineligible player. At the time, the Eagles were 7-1 but dropped to 4-4. Miller Grove remains on top of the rankings but will face several tests over the next month. Columbia has been stellar at No. 2, while Shiloh leapfrogs Milton as the top AAAAA squad. New to the mix are undefeated Chattahoochee and Fayette County and one-loss Buford.

1. Miller Grove (6-0)

2. Columbia (6-0)

3. Shiloh (6-0)

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia Weekly Rankings.

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