Georgia boasts top teams, players

Updated: January 22, 2009, 7:55 PM ET
By Mark Tennis |

Georgia's teams and talent have been strong, especially in recent years.

Who's Next?

The Peach State is chock full of talented teams and players. Those vying for the Class 5A state title are Wheeler, Centennial, Walton, Norcross and McEachern. Wheeler has two players headed to ACC schools. Norcross is the two-time defending state champion and is starting to round into shape, while Centennial and McEachern boast solid squads with youth. South Atlanta, led by the nation's No. 2 prospect Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech), is the clear favorite in 3A. The state has nine players in the ESPNU 100: Favors, Ari Stewart and Richard Howell of Wheeler, Kammeon Holsey, Mfon Udofia, Lorenzo Brown, Kenny Hall, Noel Johnson and Daniel Miller. All have committed or signed with major programs.
-- Christopher Lawlor

Georgia natives Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard were the No. 1 players picked in the NBA draft in 2001 and 2004.

Schools like Norcross and Wheeler (Marietta) have taken on some of the best from around the country and have more than held their own. Norcross won the Class AAAAA state title last March for the third straight time and became the first team in the state to win three straight state titles since 1940.

Last year, ranked Atlanta as one of the top eight cities for high school basketball in the nation.

Top all-time Georgia players:
Shareef Abdur-Raheem (Wheeler, Marietta)
Kwame Brown (Glynn Academy, Brunswick)
Dale Ellis (Marietta)
Walt Frazier (David Howard, Atlanta)
Matt Harpring (The Marist School, Atlanta)
Dwight Howard (Southwest Atlanta Christian)
Chris Morris (Douglass, Atlanta)
Al Thornton (Perry)
Louis Williams (South Gwinnett, Snellville)
Gerald Wilkins (Southwest, Atlanta)

Mark Tennis is a deputy sports editor of ESPN RISE.