Georgia is known as one of the best homes for high school basketball. The Peach State has produced 22 players who played on the court in NBA games during the 2021-22 season, including Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown, Anthony Edwards, Dwight Howard and Collin Sexton, among others.
Peach State also produced the No. 2 high school basketball team in 2018-19 in McEachern, which went 32-0 en route to the GHSA AAAAAAA state title.
Top 10 Georgia teams since 2000
National ranking: No. 2
Notable players: Alyn Breed, Sharife Cooper, Jared Jones, Isaac Okoro
Tiredness: The Indians ran the table against a grueling domestic schedule, claiming five victories over nationally ranked opponents and winning the City of Palms Classic title. McEachern also earns the program’s first state title in Georgia’s highest ranking behind MaxPreps National Player of the Year Cooper and second-team MaxPreps All-America selection Okoro.
National ranking: #5
Notable players: Jaylen Brown, Makhai Eastmond, Darius Perry, Shembari Phillips
Tiredness: Won the AAAAAA State Championship with a 59-58 victory over Pebblebrook behind a pair of free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining by future NBA star Brown. In his senior year, Brown averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds and handed eventual national champion Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) his only loss of the season in the City of Palms title game.
National ranking: No. 7
Notable players: Al-Farouq Aminu, AJ Hawkins, Zach Lamb, Taariq Muhammad
Tiredness: Earned the highest ranking three consecutive seasons for the first time since Lanier from 1938-1940. McDonald’s All American Aminu led the way, averaging 23.1 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior. The talented group used a stifling defense to keep a high-scoring Wheeler (Marietta) team at their lowest production of the season in a 57-54 win in the state title game.
National ranking: Number 6
Notable players: Henry Brooks, Brandon Morris, Tony Parker, Devon Provost
Tiredness: A balanced scoring offense saw six players average seven or more points led by junior Parker, who averaged 17.5 points, 15.6 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. Wolverines’ only loss came to Southwest DeKalb (Decatur) in the Region 6 AAAA Tournament title game. Miller Grove also won the Beach Ball Classic and went 5-0 against opponents outside of the state.
5. Wheeler 2004-05
National ranking: No. 11
Notable players: BJ Corley, Sharaud Curry, James Florence, David Gonzalvez
Tiredness: Won the program’s third state title in four seasons with a 63-47 win over Norcross in the AAAAA state title game. The Wildcats were paced by a game-high 19 points from Florence, while Curry filled the stat sheet with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in the title game. Wheeler was undefeated against state opponents.
National ranking: No. 7
Notable players: Broc Bidwell, Kendall Campbell, Kanaan Carlyle, LT Overton, Bruce Thornton
Tiredness: After stumbling out of the gate with a 2-2 start to the season, the Eagles rallied to win 26 straight games while capturing the Beach Ball Classic and AAAAAAA state title. Milton fell to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 73-68 in the first round of the GEICO Nationals despite receiving a game-high 22 points from second-team MaxPreps Sophomore All-America Carlyle.
7. Milton 2011-12
National ranking: #3
Notable players: Shaquille Johnson, Charles Mann, Evan Nolte, Jalyn Patterson
Tiredness: The Eagles won 24 straight games to close out the 2011–12 campaign, including winning the title at the Beach Ball Classic with four double-digit wins over out-of-state opponents. Milton beat Savannah 79-67 in the AAAA title game with 23 points and six rebounds from Johnson while Nolte and Patterson each had 16.
8.Miller Grove 2015-16
National ranking: No. 15
Notable players: Aaron Augustin, Alterique Gilbert, Naquante Hardy, Raylon Richardson, Colin Young
Tiredness: Although the Wolverines finished the year outside the top 10, they proved their ability to compete with any team in the country at the Dick Nationals by beating Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nevada) 67-65 before losing. against event champion Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) in a 47-46 heartbreaker. The team’s third MaxPreps All-America selection, Gilbert, was the catalyst, averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds.
National ranking: No. 8
Notable players: Victor Enoh, Justin Forrest, Abayomi Iyiola, John Ogwuche, Ikey Obiagu
Tiredness: A consistent group saw five players averaging eight or more points led by Forrest (19.8). The Eagles went 5-1 against out-of-state opponents, headlining with a signature win over Providence Day (Charlotte, NC) at the Chick-fil-A Classic. Greenforest won four state tournament contests averaging 24 points en route to the A Private State title.
National ranking: Number 6
Notable players: Garrett Covington, Justin Lewis, Troy Morrison, Isaiah Wilkins
Tiredness: Outscored opponents by an average of 24.7 points, with wins over six out-of-state opponents to extend his winning streak to 50 games since 2012-13. Wilkins led the way with 29 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in a 58-55 AA state title triumph over Calhoun. The state title marked the third in four seasons and the second in a row.