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Today's issue of the SHSSN features our latest boys hoops rankings and a recruiting story on a player who just received his first offer. Also, check out the story on today's Hoops in Overdrive event at Centennial. 

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Boys Basketball Rankings
NSD Frenzy
Recruiting Update
Hoops Rankings
Hoops in Overdrive
Score Poll
Top Stories
Mill Creek OL Josh Fannin received his first scholarship offer from what university? 
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Friday's answer:
St. Pius X runner Austin Sprague is committed to Furman University. 



1. Westlake

2. Wheeler

3. Tift County

4. Norcross

5. McEachern

6. Hillgrove

7. Milton

8. Walton

9. North Gwinnett

10. Douglas County



1. Allatoona

2. Miller Grove

3. Tucker

4. Stephenson

5. Effingham County

6. Clarke Central

7. Sprayberry

8. Warner Robins

9. Jenkins

10. M.L. King



1. Columbia

2. Fayette County

3. South Atlanta

4. Eagle's Landing

5. Alexander

6. Sandy Creek

7. Westover

8. Statesboro

9. Rutland

10. Liberty County



1. Savannah

2. Cartersville

3. Washington County

4. Johnson-Savannah

5. Blessed Trinity

6. St. Pius X

7. Morgan County

8. Buford

9. Elbert County

10. Cedar Grove



1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Laney

4. Manchester

5. Calhoun

6. Model

7. Jefferson

8. Crawford County

9. Taylor County

10. Pelham



1. Whitefield Academy

2. St. Francis

3. North Cobb Christian

4. Greenforest Christian

5. Landmark Christian

6. Holy Innocents'

7. Aquinas

8. Seminole County

9. Athens Christian

10. Mount Vernon Presbyterian


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Monday, January 20, 2014

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Georgia is one of the premier football hotbeds in the country and we are providing all the information needed to completely cover the Peach State's incredible talent with a list of every signee in the state. In our coverage you will find a statistical breakdown by the county and high school of each athlete, as well as their future college destination and current commitment or signee status. Recruiters come back to Georgia each year because of the countless stars that have gone to college and been successful. By providing a thorough analysis of this year's signees and by doing so for future recruiting classes, Georgia High School football will continue to get the recognition and spotlight it deserves.




Mill Creek's Fannin nets first offer



Mill Creek offensive lineman Josh Fannin received his first college

Photo by Jim Weaver

scholarship offer from Marshall on Wednesday. While the 2015 center prospect is thrilled with the offer, it adds a bit of intrigue to the atmosphere at his family's Hoschton residence.


"My dad played at Marshall and my mom went to West Virginia," laughed Fannin. "So it's kind of a house divided."


Fannin was born in Morgantown, the home of West Virginia University, but finds himself on Marshall's side of things after getting an offer from the Thundering Herd.


"It is definitely a huge honor," said Fannin. "I love the place. I've been going there ever since I was a little kid. My dad played there. I love the campus and it's a good education. It's just great knowing I get to continue on playing the sport I love."


While Fannin is quite familiar with the Thundering Herd, he has also been receiving interest from other schools. Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina and N.C. State have also been talking to the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder.


"Clemson and UNC have been recruiting me the hardest," said Fannin about from where his next offer may come. "Coach (Chris Kapilovic) from UNC and Coach (Tony) Elliott from Clemson have contacted me the most."


Most recently, Fannin played in the Elite Junior Classic at McEachern, an all-star game that featured some of the top juniors in the state. Fannin enjoyed himself quite a bit at the three-day event which led up to the game.


"It was some of the most fun I've ever had, to be honest," he said. "I got to meet a bunch of cool guys who can play at the same level and speed. I had a lot of fun and made new friends."


One part of the weekend, however, stood out above all else for the Mill Creek Hawk. "Definitely the food," he said of the Taco Mac fare that was catered to the players during the weekend.


While Fannin was all smiles discussing the Elite Junior Classic, he became serious when talking about his upcoming senior season at Mill Creek. Fannin and the Hawks were possibly the best team in the state in 2013 to not make the playoffs. In ultra-tough Region 7-AAAAAA, the Hawks narrowly missed a postseason spot despite an impressive 6-4 season in which all four losses were close and came to ranked, playoff teams.


"We're going through a lot of changes at Mill Creek," he said. "A lot of things are going to be different here next season."


Fannin impressed many scouts and recruiting experts at the Elite Junior Classic, which could lead to more Division I offers soon.

Whitefield Academy takes over top spot


In Class AAAAAA, North Gwinnett slides to No. 9 after a 59-48 loss to Norcross and Douglas County suffered a 56-53 loss to Newnan and dropped to No. 10. Miller Grove moves to No. 2 in Class AAAAA after its 70-60 win over previous No. 2 Tucker. Also in Class AAAAA, Jenkins fell from to No. 9 after an 80-73 loss to Ware County and 15-2 Warner Robins debuts at No. 8 in the poll. All of the ranked teams in Class AAAA won this past week and the poll stays the same.


In Class AAA, St. Pius X lost 37-36 to Cedar Grove and 43-38 to Blessed Trinity. The Golden Lions dropped to No. 6 and Blessed Trinity moved from No. 9 to No. 5 in the poll. Cedar Grove debuts at No. 10.


No.1 Greater Atlanta Christian and No. 2 Vidalia remain unbeaten and lead Class AA. Taylor County and Pelham re-enter the Class AA poll at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Pelham topped Early County, Brooks County and Cairo this week and 11-5 Taylor County has won six straight games.


In Class A, previous No. 3 St. Francis topped previous No. 1 North Cobb Christian 60-59 on Tuesday. Whitefield Academy takes over No. 1 and St. Francis moves up to No. 2 in the poll ahead of North Cobb Christian. Earlier in the season, Whitefield Academy beat St. Francis 65-51. 



Seven-game marathon set for Centennial today will invite 14 local high schools to play in the 2014 Hoops in Overdrive/Kenn Littlefield Memorial Classic basketball tournament today at Centennial High School.


"Hoops in Overdrive will give these high school athletes a stage to play on during a day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.," said Paul Johnson, Founder/CEO of SAG "College coaches will be in attendance to recruit these talented players."


Kenn Littlefield, who passed away in 2013, was the founder of Hoops In Overdrive. Littlefield owned a Junior College Scouting Service for 25 years and ran many high school and junior college exposure events for over 20 years. "SAG Sports wants to honor his legacy and continue his vision for helping high school athletes find scholarship opportunities to play at the next level," Johnson said.


SAG Sports produces exposure camps throughout the year, as well as a recruiting subscription service, that assists high school athletes looking to play at the university or junior college level.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.


Tournament Schedule:


January 20, 2014

10 a.m. North Cobb High School vs. Paulding County High School

11:30 a.m. South Atlanta High School vs. Tri-Cities High School

1 p.m. Lambert High School vs. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian High School

2:30 p.m. Westlake High School vs. Walton High School

4 p.m. Stephenson High School vs. Marietta High School

5.30 p.m. Centennial High School vs. McEachern High School

7:00 p.m. Johns Creek High School vs. Lanier High School




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