Posted: 12:18 pm Monday, March 17th, 2014

March Madness: Georgia players to watch in NCAA men’s tourney 

By Todd Holcomb

More than 20 former Georgia high school players will be playing in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, which begins Tuesday.

Here are five players to keep a close watch on, plus a list that accounts for the 23 that we’ve identified. Let us know if we missed anybody.

Jordan Adams, UCLA (Central Gwinnett) – Adams, a 6-foot-5 guard, is a first-team all-Pac 12 player whose 3-point shot against Arizona was the difference in the conference tournament championship game on Sunday. Adams averages 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals. In high school, Adams was Central Gwinnett’s football quarterback and led the basketball team to the Class AAAAA semifinals, then transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. UCLA is a No. 4 seed in the South Regional.

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (Greater Atlanta Christian)The AJC’s 2011 all-classification player of the year, Brogdon is the leading scorer (12.6 ppg) for ACC champion Virginia. Brogdon  is second on the team in rebounds (5.6 per game) and assists (2.6). A 6-5 guard, Brogdon was a reserve as a true freshmen, then missed last year with a foot injury. Needless to say, he’s had a breakout year. So has Virginia. Brogdon is a first-team all-ACC pick this season as voted by the coaches, and Virginia is the No. 1 seed in the East.

Tekele Cotton, Wichita State (Whitefield Academy) – Cotton is hoping to play in his second straight Final Four. He’s  averaging 10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for undefeated Shockers. Cotton has started in all 34 victories. Cotton was a good high school player from a high-profile program but not a blue-chip recruit. Hard to understand why not. Watch his athleticism on this dunk. Wichita State is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region.

Jordan McRae, Tennessee (Liberty County) – McRae, a 6-foot-6 guard, is the Volunteers’ leading scorer (18.6 ppg) and top 3-point threat (75 of 202). McRae was a top recruit out of high school. rated him the No. 9 shooting guard in the country. He’s got pretty good leaping ability, too. Tennessee plays Iowa in a play-in game for a No. 11 seed on Wednesday.

Shannon Scott, Ohio State (Milton) – Ohio State’s sixth man, Shannon Scott had perhaps the best game of his career Saturday in the Big Ten semifinals, a loss to Michigan. The point guard scored 18 points and had six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Scott made the Big Ten’s five-player All-Defensive Team. Scott, the son of former UNC and NBA great Charlie Scott, played for Milton’s 2010 state champion team. Ohio State is a No. 6 seed in the South Regional.

Other Georgia players in the tournament:

Ebuka Anyaorah, North Carolina Central (North Gwinnett)

Frank Booker, Oklahoma (Westside-Augusta)

Jibri Bryan, Mercer (Benedictine)

*Karl Cochran, Wofford (Walton)

*Daniel Coursey, Mercer (Benedictine)

A.J. Davis, Tennessee (Buford)

Madarious Gibbs, Texas Southern (East Coweta)

**Shaq Goodwin, Memphis (Southwest DeKalb)

Brannen Greene, Kansas (Tift County)

Langston Hall, Mercer (Chamblee)

Michael Hall, Harvard (Woodward Academy)

Kyle Meyer, Iowa (Northview)

Armani Moore, Tennessee (Mount Paran Christian)

Darious Moten, Mercer (Bowdon)

Evan Nolte, Virginia (Milton)

Tony Parker, UCLA (Miller Grove)

Kevin Ware, Louisville (Rockdale County)

Damien Wilson, Memphis (Pebblebrook)

*Team’s leading scorer.

**Team’s leading rebounder.


Man, these cats that come on here and complain about everything from the grammatical errors to certain topic matter not being covered always crack me up.  I tend to just read what is available and if I am interested in finding info on another topic then I will search other outlets. including the school websites and other sports outlets.  But to remain here and whine about what and/or what is not being printed is useless to me.

You have to know that in this day and age of new tech that print media personal are understaffed, overworked and just can not address every single facet to tickle the fancy of every reader.  If you are a subscriber, I would give more leeway to criticize, but there is always the ability to cancel if you don't like it and if you do not subscribe (like me) then you really do not have a leg to stand on when it comes to engaging in critical analysis of these sportswriters.

I for one, appreciate whatever efforts they put forth in providing local and state perspectives in this area.


How about an NCAA bracket in the paper? How about an article on college bball caches being fired...Va Tech, this sports page sucks! Do some work!


Check your scoreboard and tv schedule AJC. NCS at Xavier...a 12 vs a 12 tonight? The play in round is when? And 2 -12 ranked teams never play in the opening rounds!


I'm confused why I haven't seen an article on the team from Georgia that actually made it to the tournament.  Mercer University in Macon made the field, but the featured articles are about Georgia being a #2 in the NIT, Georgia State not making it, and Georgians in the the tournament.  Sure, they got a tough draw in Duke, but they made it.  Where's the love?


Duh, They are not dogs.  That is why they are in the NCAA tournament.

ToddHolcomb moderator

Thanks, folks. I've added Shaq Goodwin and Tony Parker and fixed Kevin Ware's school. Doesn't seem that long ago that Shaq and Tony were playing against each other for the state title in the Gwinnett Arena. Sorry I left those out. 

Easy to miss somebody when reading 68 rosters, but those are two that I shouldn't have missed. Goodwin is Memphis' leading rebounder, and Parker is one of 8 guys in the rotation and gets significant minutes. 


Tony Parker - UCLA - Miller Grove


Yes Erin, Kevin Ware went to Rockdale County 


More than 20 dancing yet not a single dog. 

Shame Shame Shame


I thought Kevin Ware went to Rockdale County? 


@ToddHolcomb Great job Mr Holcomb. It's easy to loose track of the local players when they enter college. This makes watching some of the games more interesting. Are you or one of your colleagues planning to do the same for the women's tournament?