With the spring semester officially underway, the Holiday Tournaments are in the rearview mirror and the Georgia High School hoops circuit in counting down the final month of the regular season. Today, we catch up with high school hoops guru Kyle Sandy
and touch on some of the biggest storylines in Class AAAA heading into the final four weeks.
1. Can Sandy Creek bounce back from their 73-66 upset loss to crosstown rival McIntosh?
-Sandy Creek has all the pieces to make a deep playoff push. Even though they lost their No. 1 ranking, they still have to be viewed as a favorite to win state behind their mixture of youth (TJ Bickerstaff) and veterans (Evan Jester).
2. Upson-Lee is off to a 15-0 start, but do you ever see them hitting a rough patch during the season or will this momentum carry into the postseason?
-Upson-Lee has a good chance to run the table in their region, but they still have to play No. 8 Perry twice and Mary Persons’ one more time. The Bulldogs have a big-time junior guard in Cameron Holden.
3. Henry County has recently jumped in the poll, what do you like about this year’s team?
-Anytime you have two Division-I guards that can score the ball the way Javon Greene (George Mason) and Damion Rosser (New Orleans) can, you have to like their chances to make a playoff run. As a team, they must defend better in order to make their potential come to fruition.
1. Does Columbus, your preseason No. 1, have enough to make a state playoff run?
-Yes, the Blue Devils have possibly the best 1-2 punch in the state at forward with a pair of 6-foot-3 seniors in Tatyana Wyatt (Kentucky) and Ariyah Copeland (Alabama).
2. Can Anna McKendree continue this pace all the way to Class AAAA Player of the Year?
-Anna McKendree of West Hall is the real deal. She is only a junior which is scary. The reigning Gainesville-Times Player of the Year has every opportunity to be crowned the best player in the classification if West Hall continues its winning ways.
3. Does 6-foot-1 Memphis signee Alana Davis give Cross Creek enough of a mismatch in size and experience down low to unseat AAAA’s top tier of teams?
-She will be a force to be reckon with come playoff time. The best thing about Cross Creek is that they aren’t solely a one-person team. Nya Daniels holds the key to how far the Razorbacks go. She stretches defenses and leads the team with 5.6 assists per game.