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Posted On: 12/1/18 9:45 AM
7A is the largest class in the AHSAA. This class boasts some of the states' best teams and players. Great high school teams have roster depth, great fan support, and win. Early into the season, there are 3 teams that have stood out: Mountain Brook, Sparkman, and McGill-Toolen.
Mountain Brook High School:
When you mention 7A basketball or high school basketball at all in the state, Mountain Brook comes to mind. Year in and Year out, Mountain Brook competes for state championships. The community support that Mountain Brook has in unreal. Spartan Gymnasium is always packed and rocking, but the fans also travel in numbers to support their team on the road. The spartans have a depth at every position on the floor. They are lead by five star forward Trendon Watford, but seniors Lior Berman and Alex Washington are also 2019 prospects that college coaches should be contacting. The spartans also feature 2020 prospects Colby Jones and Paul Stramaglia.
Sparkman High School:
One of the best teams in North Alabama every year is Sparkman. This team always finds a way to reload. The senators have great fan support, and feature a talented roster poised to make a deep run again. 6'4 2019 guard, Malik Tyson is the unquestionable leader of this team, and his recent play has made him a bonafide D1 prospect. Kendall Wright is another senior playing well for the senators, but Sparkman has a freshmen point guard in Calen Lightford that will have Sparkman competing for years to come.
McGill-Toolen dominates the Mobile area and Coastal Alabama region every year. Coach Murphy always has the yellow jackets playing at a high level. McGill-Toolen has the enough talent to make it back to Birmingham for the state semifinals once again. The jackets feature a upperclass heavy roster. Matthew McNeece is a 6'4 2019 prospect that can play both forward spots, and 6'8 Cole Larue is a 2020 post prospect college coaches should be talking to.