Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Preseason power rankings - Wings

In our continued pre-season power ranking polls, we break down the best wings in Georgia. The position is loaded with talent, size, athleticism and scorers. The list will certainly change throughout the season. That being said, here is the first crack at the position.

  1. Wesley Witherspoon (pictured), Berkmar, Sr. – The state's most versatile and dangerous player with the ball in his hands. The 6-8 wing has steadily improved each year at the varsity level and he enters the season with oozing confidence and he wants to go out with a bang. He is the most difficult player to defend in Atlanta because his ability to play all over the floor.
  2. Dequan Jones, Wheeler – There is a future pro inside of Jones. He's a big time athlete with great strength and an ever-improving perimeter game. Like Witherspoon, Jones is playing his best basketball at the moment and Wheeler's success will be determined on his leadership.
  3. Ari Stewart, Wheeler – In a year's time, the bouncy 6-7 athlete has gone from a key reserve to a top 20 national talent. After shining on the AAU circuit, the locals will want to see what all the fuss is about. His role is increased and playing alongside Jones, Stewart will have the freedom and flexibility to show off his inside-out game.
  4. Tony Mitchell, Swainsboro – Tucked away at the AA school, Mitchell may not get a lot of notoriety in the state like he would if he lives in the metro Atlanta area. But don't discount him. He's a star. Mitchell, an Alabama commit, is a fine shooter and a tremendous athlete. His Swainsboro team could be the state champs this year.
  5. Noel Johnson, Fayette County – Like Witherspoon, Johnson is one of the most versatile players in the state. The 6-7 wing will likely be amongst the top scorers, assist men, shooters and triple teamed players in the state. He could very well climb the charts this year.
Talk about the power rankings on the Georgia Hoops message board. Be sure to vote on the poll on the right.