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Posted On: 11/10/17 12:53 PM
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Georgia High School Championship Contender Preview – Class 1A
For our last GHSA championship season preview, we take a look at Georgia’s lowest classification, the class A division. Since the 2012-13 season the state of Georgia has divided this classification between public and private schools which was triggered by a revolt from 33 schools, most of them from Class A, who threatened to leave and form the Georgia Public Schools Association. This was because of what was perceived to be an unfair advantage that private schools have when it comes to athletics. Since that inaugural year, the state of Georgia has added an additional class (AAAAAAA or 7A) which means there are currently eight champions in all sports including basketball. We take a look at 3 teams in each of the public and private school classifications with state championship aspirations in their respective division of 1A basketball.
throughout south Georgia and class 1A; winning the past two state championships at this level. Their run through the state playoffs a year ago was one that didn’t leave any reasonable doubt as the closest game from a final score standpoint came in the title game, where they handled Calhoun county by a 13 point margin. This season the Warriors will have to rely on two impact players that make up a strong front line in senior forwards Clarence Jackson and Tylan Grable. Both prospects stand at a formidable 6’6” and 6’8” respectively, and will cause plenty of havoc for smaller teams in this classification. Jackson, who is also a pre-season first team all state selection, is a double machine with the tenacity on the defensive end as well the boards allowing this Wilkinson to remain in any game regardless of the offensive output. Grable is a two sport athlete who uses his athleticism in much of the same role Jackson, manning down the interior and making his presence known on the interior. Together, along with good guard play, Wilkinson should find themselves in thick of a 3 peat this upcoming March.
72-69 battle on the road at Early county. The Cougars then used a 19 game winning streak to propel them into the state finals. This year’s roster will be a familiar one as every man on their roster will be returning for at least one more year. The Cougars are led by senior forward and recent USF commit Rashun Williams, who at 6’7” presents a problem with his size, athleticism, and elite perimeter shooting ability. Add in the productivity of big men like Kavarrius Freeman and Jamal Price as well as veteran perimeter play from senior guard Kadarrius Holmes and Calhoun should be a favorite to hoist the state championship trophy by season’s end.