Georgia’s top high school basketball county is Dekalb
With young prospering talent and names like Tony Parker, Shaq Goodwin, Jordan Price, Tahj Shamsid-Deen, Justin Colvin, and Jarmal Reed, you would be a fool not to capitalize on the many all-stars competing against one another all in the same county. As one of the first counties in Georgia to have media day for it’s high school basketball teams, DeKalb County held it’s very first official media day today at Tucker High school, setting a trend soon to be followed by many.
Every DeKalb county school was in attendance including last years 4A state champs, Miller Grove. Remaining humble and eager to begin their new season, Coach Sharman White feels his work is never done and constantly preaches to the players how important it is to work just as hard on the court as it is in the classroom. Potential McDonalds All-American, Tony Parker (Miller Grove HS), can’t wait to play against Oak Hill Academy who they’ve added to their already rigorous schedule amongst some of the toughest teams in the state. Shaq Goodwin and Jordan Price (Southwest DeKalb HS) are hyped to play Miller Grove this year, beating them would give them bragging rights to the title. Shaq being one of the biggest powerhouses to come out of Southwest DeKalb is enjoying all the attention from schools like UCLA, Memphis, and UGA. Quiet and reserved, Jamal Reed (Columbia HS) expressed his how much he can’t wait for the 2-and-3-a-days to finally pay off and be put to the test.
From the 5am workouts to the demanding weekend schedules for the last 6 months there has been no time for social life, ONLY basketball. These young athletes are making the sacrifices and learning what it takes to be at the top of the charts. With all that and some, who will be the next Georgia State Champion? Will it be defending champs Miller Grove fighting to keep their title and a repeat of last year’s victory? Maybe Southwest DeKalb and their all-stars will bring home the gold? Or will it be one of the many other hungry basketball programs in DeKalb County to steal the title and claim the fame. We’ll be watching as history unfolds and some of the best basketball played some of the best high school boy’s basketball players in the country battle it out till the end. Good luck Class of 2012, this is your last year to give it your all. As Coach K would say, “Play hard, play smart, and leave it all on the floor.”
written by Rene Chatfield (@Rchatty)