Greater Atlanta Christian already knows about Robert Carter. The rest of Gwinnett County will find out this basketball season.
Carter, one of the top prospects in the nation, transferred from Thomasville to Shiloh and the move from southwest Georgia could signal a potential change in the local boys Class AAAAA pecking order.
"He's definitely a major talent," Shiloh coach Kim Rivers said. "All the big-time colleges have been after him."
Georgia and Georgia Tech are on Carter's list of potential choices, as well as Florida, Florida State, Kentucky and Maryland.
The 6-foot-8 senior made an impression on GAC as a sophomore, scoring 20 points in a losing effort as the Spartans won their first of two straight Class AA titles.
Now after two seasons of being a Class AA all-state pick, Carter tackles AAAAA and should make Shiloh an instant contender in Region 8-AAAAA.
"I've never coached anyone that big with that much talent," said Rivers, who won state titles in Maryland before coming to Shiloh three years ago. "Hopefully I can make him an even better player. I know that he is going to make me a better coach."
Practice begins Monday and a new era of Shiloh basketball appears on the horizon after the Generals missed the state tournament last season with a loss to eventual 8-AAAAA champ Berkmar in the region tournament.
Shiloh gained even more height with the arrival of 6-foot-11 transfer Trayvon Reed from Montgomery, Ala., to join Carter. "His upside is incredible," Rivers said of Reed.
Everything won't be new at Shiloh this season. Jordan Gaither, a second-team all-region pick, returns at guard and is a three-year starter.
The attention-grabbers, though, will be Carter and Reed.
"We'll be a totally different team," Rivers said. "Now we have the size to compete in AAAAA."
With Carter the star attraction, the Generals will make a trip to Greensboro, N.C., to play Chicago Whitney Young on Dec. 17 after hosting the first Big Apple vs. Big Peach showcase on Nov. 25-26 featuring teams from New York and Georgia.
Defending Class AAAAA state champion Norcross will play twice in the event and Shiloh once.
The Blue Devils beat Milton for state title last season, but lost three starters to graduation and had Georgia Tech recruit Chris Bolden transfer to Region 7-AAAAA rival North Gwinnett.
Gwinnett County has claimed two boys state titles each of the past two seasons, with GAC and Class A Wesleyan winning in 2010 and Norcross and GAC last March, with Spartans beating region rival Buford in the finals. Overall, the county has 20 boys championships, including four in six years by Norcross. The Blue Devils won three straight AAAAA crowns from 2006-2008 under present GAC coach Eddie Martin.