Moore named Ms. Georgia Basketball

College basketball coaches and recruiting Web sites consider Collins Hill junior Maya Moore one of the nation's best, so it's only fitting she gets a state honor.

That's exactly what she got from The Atlanta Tipoff Club, which selected Moore as its 2005-2006 Miss Georgia Basketball as the state's top girls player. The highly recruited standout led the Eagles to their second straight state championship this past season.

Moore averaged 23.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists for a team ranked third nationally by USA Today. Southwest Atlanta Christian's Javaris Crittenton was picked as Mr. Georgia


Norcross' Jodie Meeks, who led the Blue Devils to the Class AAAAA state title, also picked up a nice individual award. He was picked as the Metro Atlanta Boys Player of the Year.

Three local coaches also earned acclaim, led by Wesleyan's Jan Azar, the Bobby Cremins State of Georgia Female Coach of the Year. Azar led the Wolves to their third straight state title this past season.

Norcross boys coach Eddie Martin and Collins Hill girls coach Tracey Tipton also were rewarded for state title seasons, each earning Metro Coach of the Year honors.

The Atlanta Sports Council-backed Tipoff Club also picked a team of the year, with Meadowcreek's Chris Allen and South Gwinnett's Avery Jukes making the boys squad.

Selected to the girls team of the year were Collins Hill's Shantell Black, Norcross' D'Andra Moss and Wesleyan's Carolyn