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Today, we release our latest boys and girls basketball rankings. Also, we recap Wheeler's loss to national power Bishop O'Dowd.

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1. Wheeler

2. Shiloh

3. Pebblebrook

4. Tift County

5. Tucker

6. Norcross

7. Collins Hill

8. Douglas County

9. Alpharetta

10. McEachern



1. Miller Grove

2. McIntosh

3. Allatoona

4. Gainesville

5. ML King

6. Brunswick

7. Northside-Columbus

8. Northside-Warner Robins

9. Drew

10. Tri-Cities


Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Lithonia

4. Columbia

5. St. Pius

6. Carrollton

7. Burke County

8. Americus-Sumter

9. Westover

10. Bainbridge


Class AAA

1. Laney

2. Cedar Grove

3. Jenkins

4. Butler

5. Morgan County

6. Johnson-Savannah

7. Rutland

8. Blessed Trinity

9. Savannah

10. South Atlanta


Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Seminole County

3. Holy Innocents'

4. Greater Atlanta Christian

5. Thomasville

6. Bryan County

7. Vidalia

8. Model

9. Crawford County

10. Harlem


Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Greenforest Christian

3. Athens Christian

4. Hancock Central

5. Treutlen

6. Whitefield Academy

7. Wilkinson County

8. Greenville

9. Calhoun County

10. Turner County





1. McEachern

2. South Forsyth

3. Osborne

4. Parkview

5. Archer

6. North Forsyth

7. Westlake

8. Norcross

9. Woodstock

10. Mountain View



1. Brunswick

2. Stephenson

3. Sequoyah

4. Cross Creek

5. Mays

6. Greenbrier

7. Effingham County

8. Forest Park

9. Southwest DeKalb

10. South Effingham


Class AAAA

1. St. Pius

2. Jonesboro

3. Buford

4. Mary Persons

5. Veterans

6. Americus-Sumter

7. Redan

8. Marist

9. Bainbridge

10. Carrollton


Class AAA

1. Dawson County

2. Kendrick

3. Laney

4. South Atlanta

5. Decatur

6. Morgan County

7. Beach

8. Calhoun

9. Washington County

10. Westminster


Class AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Model

4. Wesleyan

5. Darlington

6. Putnam County

7. Thomasville

8. Vidalia

9. Lovett

10. Early County


Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

3. Taylor County

4. Savannah Country Day

5. Turner County

6. Calhoun County

7. Tattnall Square

8. Claxton

9. Mitchell County

10. Stratford Academy


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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

By Craig Sager II
Wheeler falls short in top 10 national showdown

Wheeler, the top-ranked team in the state in Class AAAAAA, was unable to protect its No. 3 national ranking on Monday at the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass., and fell short 79-70 to Bishop O'Dowd (CA), the No. 10-ranked team in the country.


The annual high school showcase tipped off on Thursday and featured 28 boys and girls games that paired the best teams

Photo by Ty Freeman

in the nation against each other. Wheeler's 11 a.m. tipoff with the Dragons highlighted the Classic's lineup of ML King Day games and was broadcasted live on ESPNU.


Within the out-of-state matchup were two of the top recruits in the country going head-to-head and Kentucky head coach John Calipari was one of the many college coaches sitting front row to catch it. Wheeler's Jaylen Brown, a 6-foot-7 forward and the No. 2 prospect in the country, took the court with Bishop's headliner Ivan Rabb. a 6-foot-10 big man and the No. 5 overall prospect in the nation. Both superstars had the hot hand and went back and forth throughout the game.


"Jaylen came out on a mission today," said Wheeler head coach Doug Lipscomb. "He set the tone and I thought we played really well for most of the first three quarters."


Brown netted 13 of Wheeler's first 18 points and lifted the Wildcats to a 38-37 halftime lead with his 17 points (seven-of-12 shooting) and six rebounds. Rabb scored eight points in the first half before really making his mark in the second half as he knocked down his first eight shot attempts. Rabb finished with 24 points to go with his 11 rebounds and five blocks.


The Dragons also got contributions from Boise State commit Paris Austin, who was able to attack the Wheeler defense in the second half. Austin drilled one of his two three pointers with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter to build a 70-61 Bishop lead. Austin finished with 18 points off six-of-13 shooting and added nine assists.


Wheeler's Shembari Phillips (Tennessee-commit) reached double-figures with 10 points and added four rebounds and four assists. Brown finished with a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 55 seconds left. Wheeler returns home to face Lassiter on Wednesday.



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