GHSA State Tournament Predictions – February 17, 2015
Can the Wolverines of Miller Grove reclaim the title in class AAAAA this year? Our predictions on all the GHSA classifications can be found here. Photo cred – Ty Freeman
The state of Georgia gets a head start on “March Madness” with the GHSA state tournament beginning the second weekend of February. Our #OTRHoopsReport staff has been in gyms all season long and we bring to you our predictions for this post-season.
We will take Westlake in the state’s biggest classification. They are well tested and have plenty of big wins this year. When it comes to the post season, guard play is always important. The Lewis brothers (Daniel and James) are two of the state’s best. Add in the talent of 2017 forward Chuma Okeke and the Lions have the most well balanced roster in the bracket.
Favorite: Allatoona & Miller Grove
Sleeper: Cedar Shoals
Allatoona is undefeated, but the Wolverines from Miller Grove two losses came at the hands of two future Duke Blue Devils. Jayson Tatum of Chaminade and Frank Jackson of Lone Peak both edged out Sharman White’s squad. With that information, I’ll take Miller Grove to pick up their seventh championship in eight years. Again, guard play should carry White’s team. McDonald’s All-American Alterique Gilbert and 4-star point guard Aaron Augustin make up the state’s toughest back court.
Although I have the utmost respect for what MJ Walker and Jonesboro have done this year and last, we will pick Liberty County. They are the best team not talked about in the state. If this team had played more often in the Atlanta Metro area, we could be talking about them as the favorite. Davion Mitchell, 2017 guard, is an electric scorer. The young men from Hinesville have only lost one game all year and have been hot ever since.
Since a loss in early January, Laney has been on a roll defeating opponents by an average of double digits. It is hard to overstate the importance of senior guard leadership and that is what the Wildcats have in Charleston signee Zep Jasper and Charleston Southern signee Christian Keeling. If experience, scoring ability and talent all adds up correctly, coach Shawn Parks could be hoisting the AAA trophy up in Macon.
Sleeper: Crawford County
We like Crawford County to repeat as champions this year. Although they have had some tough losses this year, which includes losing in the region championship game to Fitzgerald. There is no counting out Georgia bound Jordan Harris and his back court running mate Anfrenee King. Both are seniors and have the experience necessary to be successful in a one and one situation. If they find a rhythm, they could be tough to beat.
Favorite: Greenforest Academy
Sleeper: Southwest Atlanta Christian
St. Francis is the defending champion of this classification. Unfortunately, Malik Beasley is gone and having a signature year at Florida State. Nevertheless, they still have 5-star guard Kobi Simmons and a solid supporting cast around him. Coach Drew Catlett’s team has proved that they can play with the best in the nation as they defeated Lone Peak (UT) at the Hoop Hall Classic in January. Also, do not count out the development of Chance Anderson as an important interior threat for the Knights.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB