Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ranking the regions: #8 2-AAA

8. 2-AAA

Columbus basketball is always competitive and with Jordan's state championship last year in AAA, it certainly proved just how good the teams and players are in the border town.

Power teams: Jordan has won 19 games in a row, dating back to last season and judging by the way the team is playing so far this season, the Red Jackets don't appear to be slowing down.

Terrence Hill, one of the most under-appreciated guards in the state, leads the charge for defending state champs. Morehead State bound Steve Peterson is having a strong year and Winfred Ivey is a jet quick floor general that gets this high-powered, incredibly fast team rolling.

Twin towers Torin Walker and James Vincent form one of the biggest frontlines in the entire state for Columbus Northside. The two 6-foot-9 juniors are tough to stop as Walker's a versatile and athletic four man while Vincent is a naturally strong center that is impossible to move inside the paint.

Don't sleep on Shaw either. In fact, the Raiders have a team worthy of winning the region and making a splash in the state tournament. Anchored by balance and a number of contributing juniors, head coach Terry White leans on Maliek Daniels and Khiry White. The Raiders are a team to watch down the home stretch.

Sleepers: Carver, a usually strong program, is struggling this year as the team's top players (Jarmon Fortson and Jarvis Jones) spent the first half of the year wrapped up in football. Last year's 23-4 team is starting to regain it's confidence in the second semester. They could very well rebound and finish the year strong in the region.

Simply put, we're not quite sure what to think of Spencer. And that might be why they are so intriguing. The Greenwave are guard oriented and rely heavily on a quartet of undersized and quick guards to do the damage. You just never know with them. And that's a scary thing when trying to prepare for them.

Notes: Georgia Hoops will be headed down I-85 on Jan. 26 when Jordan travels to Northside in what should be a great battle of the Columbus powers. Speed versus size. We'll see who takes the cake in that one. The win could also have huge implications for the region tournament.

Playoff projection: Jordan, Shaw, Northside, LaGrange

Counting down the regions

9. 5-AAAAA

10. 6-AA