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GAC Boys Basketball Season Preview

GAC’s Isaiah Wilkins

GAC’s Isaiah Wilkins

COACH: Eddie Martin

2012-13 RECORD: 29-3

RETURNING REGULARS:

Isaiah Wilkins, 6-7, Sr.

Troy Morrison, 5-10, Sr.

Justin Lewis, 6-6, Sr.

Cam Boyd, 6-1, Jr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Tyler Hamilton, 6-3, Sr.

Eric Jamison, 6-3, Jr.

Garrett Covington, 6-2, Soph.

Ramses Sandifer, 6-7, Sr.

Charles Botchway, 5-10, Soph.

Landon Tabor, 6-4, Sr.

Jacob Hoffman, 6-3, Soph.

OUTLOOK: The Spartans have won three of the last four Class AA state titles, so the goals will be equally high this season, particularly after last season’s run to the championship. They have the enviable traits of most championship-caliber teams, too. They’re experienced, deep and play suffocating defense. Virginia commitment Isaiah Wilkins leads the way after averaging 16.2 points and 11.1 rebounds (second in Gwinnett) last season. He is one of four returning starters alongside point guard Troy Morrison (5.6 assists per game, third-best in Gwinnett), sharp-shooting Cam Boyd (10.2 ppg) and athletic, 6-6 Justin Lewis (5.9 rpg). Added into the mix this season is 6-7 senior Ramses Sandifer, a top college prospect who moved in from Greenville St. Joseph (Miss.).

WORTH NOTING: GAC will take an 18-game winning streak — and a perfect record in 2013 — into this season. Its last loss was Dec. 29, 2012, a triple overtime setback against Jonesboro of Class AAAA. … The Spartans put together a schedule full of blowout victories last season, including most of the state tournament. Outside of a 64-56 AA Final Four win over Laney, their other state playoff wins came by margins of 43, 32, 25 and 17.

FAST FACT: Martin is an astonishing 142-18 with three state titles in his five seasons at GAC. He won three straight state championships in Georgia’s largest classification at Norcross, which followed a long tenure as the only boys basketball coach in Brookwood history from 1981-2001.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 15 Hiram in Hoops For A Cure Classic at King’s Ridge (girls)

Nov. 15 King’s Ridge in Hoops For A Cure Classic at King’s Ridge (boys)

Nov. 16 Luella in Hoops For A Cure Classic at King’s Ridge (girls)

Nov. 16 Eagles Landing in Hoops For A Cure Classic at King’s Ridge (boys)

Nov. 20 South Gwinnett in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 21 Columbia in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 23 Milton in Hilton Lady Blue Tip-Off Classic at Norcross (girls)

Nov. 23 Seneca, S.C. in Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett (boys)

Nov. 25 Collins Hill in Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett (boys)

Dec. 6 at SW Atlanta Christian

Dec. 7 at Decatur

Dec. 10 Langston Hughes

Dec. 14 GAC Showcase (boys)

Dec. 19-21 at Carrollton Tournament (girls)

Dec. 20 North Florida Christian (boys)

Dec. 21 North Cobb Christian at Pope (boys)

Dec. 26-28, 30-31 at Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tenn. (boys)

Dec. 27-28, 30 at Walnut Grove Tournament (girls)

Jan. 4 at St. Francis

Jan. 7 Hapeville Charter

Jan. 10 at Wesleyan

Jan. 14 Westminster

Jan. 17 at Lovett

Jan. 18 Oneonta, Ala. in Girls Night Out at Brookwood (girls)

Jan. 20 MLK Showcase at Berkmar (boys)

Jan. 24 at Hapeville Charter

Jan. 25 Hilton Invitational at Norcross (boys)

Jan. 28 Wesleyan

Jan. 31 at Westminster

Feb. 4 Lovett