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2013 Super Six Basketball

Below is the Daily Post’s selections for the top six boys and top six girls high school basketball players in Gwinnett County.

For complete prep basketball coverage, including season previews for each team, go to gwinnettprepsports.com.

On Twitter, follow the Daily Post @GDPsports and use #GwinnettHoops to discuss Super Six and Gwinnett County basketball throughout the 2013-14 season.

BOYS

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Andre Chatfield, Norcross

Andre Chatfield

School: Norcross

Class: Senior

Height: 6-5

Age: 18

Nickname: Dre

Place of birth: Martinsburg, West Va.

College choice: Harvard

Twitter handle: DaRealDreChat

Favorite teacher: Audrey Herron

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: Norcross’ Khalen Pinkett

How many states have you played basketball in?: 12

Best way to wind down after a game: Kick my feet up, relax and watch TV

Favorite NBA team: Oklahoma City Thunder

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chicken and waffles

Best-looking celebrity: Lauren London

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Soccer

Noteworthy: Chatfield is the Class AAAAAA defending state champions’ top returning scorer, whose offense has been steady throughout his prep career at both Parkview and Norcross. He averaged 11.5 points last season with a combination of outside shooting and points off the dribble and in transition.

Coach Jesse McMillan’s take: “Andre Chatfield is the epitome of what you hope for in a student-athlete. Dre’s core values have allowed him to be extremely successful on and off the court. His academic and athletic dedication has resulted in the opportunity to attend school and play basketball for the most prestigious institution in the country, Harvard University. Dre is a consistent leader within our locker room, the classrooms and hallways of Norcross High School. There is no doubt in my mind that he will have levels of success in his future that many of us can only dream of. We are very proud of him.”


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Shaun Jones, Central Gwinnett

Shaun Jones

School: Central Gwinnett

Class: Senior

Height: 6-4

Age: 17

Nickname: Shaun the Don

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: Shaunthedon_

Favorite teacher: Lani Schutter

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Isaiah Wilkins

How many states have you played basketball in?: 9

Best way to wind down after a game: Go to Waffle House with the team

Favorite NBA team: Oklahoma City Thunder

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chicken alfredo

Last concert I went to: Drake

Best-looking celebrity: Zoe Saldana

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Football

Noteworthy: Central’s coaches expect jump in scoring average from Jones, who averaged 14.5 points as a junior and had breakout offensive games at times, with a career-best of 36. He also is an athletic force on the glass, averaging 8.1 rebounds last season.

Coach Branden Mayweather’s take: “Shaun Jones is one of those players that a coach loves to coach. He shows up early, stays late and is willing to do whatever it takes to make himself and his teammates better. From the moment I came to Central, he has not been afraid to work and he has gotten better each and every day because of his dedication not only on the court but in the weight room as well. This type of work ethic has led to him to being the type of kid that is fearless when the bright lights come on, and I feel extremely confident in his abilities under any circumstance. Over time I have witnessed that sometimes players come along who are talented and they try to make themselves out to be better than everyone else around them in the locker room. Never has that been the case with Shaun. He is a leader both with his words and with his examples and I am lucky to have been able to coach him. The sky is the limit for Shaun Jones and although he will leave Central Gwinnett High School as a successful student, both with his degree and with his athletic accomplishments, he will always be successful in life because of what has been instilled in him through his hard work and dedication to the game of basketball and through his wonderful parents.”


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Rakim Lubin, Buford

Rakim Lubin

School: Buford

Class: Senior

Height: 6-8

Age: 18

Nickname: Rock

Place of birth: Miami

College choice: Connecticut

Twitter handle: N/A

Favorite teacher: Casey Laws

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: Buford’s D’Marcus Simonds

How many states have you played basketball in?: 22

Best way to wind down after a game: A good meal and a game of NBA 2K14

Favorite NBA team: Miami Heat

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Jordan Brand

My perfect meal would be: Steak and lobster

Best-looking celebrity: Eva Mendes

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Football

Noteworthy: Lubin moved to Buford from Gadsden City (Ala.) in May after earning second-team Class AAAAAA all-state honors in Alabama last season, when he averaged 19.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. The physical player — he carries a muscular 250 pounds on his 6-8 frame - will make be a difference-maker quickly for the Wolves.

Coach Allen Whitehart’s take: “Rakim Lubin is 6-8, 250 pounds, but don’t let the size fool you, he is one of the best athletes I have had the privilege to coach. He is big, fast and strong. He is also very competitive and loves to be challenged. I am excited to see what his senior season holds. We expect big things out of him this season.”


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Devin Mitchell, Collins Hill

Devin Mitchell

School: Collins Hill

Class: Senior

Height: 6-4

Age: 17

Nickname: D-Mitch

Place of birth: Chicago

College choice: Alabama

Twitter handle: D_Mitch23

Favorite teacher: Jason Appling

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: Collins Hill’s Jalen Mitchell, my younger brother

How many states have you played basketball in?: 10

Best way to wind down after a game: Eating and watching SportsCenter

Favorite NBA team: Chicago Bulls

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chicken alfredo and garlic bread

Last concert I went to: Collins Hill Dance Show

Best-looking celebrity: Gabrielle Union

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Football

Noteworthy: Mitchell was Gwinnett’s top Class AAAAAA scorer last season, when his offense off the dribble improved to compliment his already strong outside shooting. The quick guard averaged 20.2 points as a junior, and he may have to carry even more of the offensive load this season.

Coach Eric Nathan’s take: “Devin is clearly one of the top players in this county, the state and Collins Hill history. What he has brought to this program is not measurable based on all of his accumulated statistics and lengthy list of accolades, both of which are very impressive. His enthusiasm and desire to win are infectious among everyone at Collins Hill, including teammates, coaches, teachers, administrators and classmates. Everyone feeds off his passion and energy. Devin is primed for a big senior season as he improves each and every time he sets foot on the court. The University of Alabama will be getting a great player but a better person who will leave a lasting impression on the program, the school and the community.”


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Amir Warnock, Peachtree Ridge

Amir Warnock

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

Height: 6-9

Age: 18

Place of birth: Jersey City, N.J.

College choice: Jacksonville

Twitter handle: Retro_fly32

Favorite teacher: Sally Carroll

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Isaiah Wilkins

How many states have you played basketball in?: 12

Best way to wind down after a game: Sleep

Favorite NBA player: Kevin Durant

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Triple cheeseburger with bacon

Best-looking celebrity: Ariana Grande

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Hockey

Noteworthy: The physical inside force also has great touch on his shot, and both were on display late last season, when he played his best basketball for a team that reached the Elite Eight. He averaged 13.6 points and 10.2 rebounds, fourth-best in Gwinnett, last season.

Coach Keith Arrington’s take: “Amir has gotten better each year at Peachtree Ridge. He has great hands and a great touch. He has gotten in better shape and gotten stronger each year. There is no doubt his best basketball is in front of him. We need him to be a bit more consistent for us to continue to improve as a program.”


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Isaiah Wilkins, GAC

Isaiah Wilkins

School: GAC

Class: Senior

Height: 6-7

Age: 18

Nickname: Zay

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Virginia

Twitter handle: @IsaiahWilkins21

Favorite teacher: Cyndee Knight

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Troy Morrison

How many states have you played basketball in?: About 20

Best way to wind down after a game: Music and a shower

Favorite NBA team: Oklahoma City Thunder

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chicken alfredo

Best-looking celebrity: Beyoncé

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Baseball

Noteworthy: Wilkins, whose stepfather is Dominique Wilkins, was the go-to player last season as the Spartans went 29-3 and won the Class AA state championship. A force around the basket offensively and defensively, he averaged 16.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, which ranked second in Gwinnett.

Coach Eddie Martin’s take: “Isaiah Wilkins is best described as a coach’s dream player. He is talented, athletic, coachable, competitive and a natural born leader. Additionally, he has a tremendous basketball IQ , a trait that made him especially appealing to college coaching staffs. One really special trait in Isaiah is his love and pride for defense. It is rare to find a player who gets more excited about making a stop, preventing a competitor from scoring, or blocking a shot than he does about scoring, but that’s Isaiah. He can fire up the fans with one of his premiere dunks but Isaiah is happiest when he is quietly defending and helping his teammates score. How often does a coach have to encourage one of his most gifted players to be more selfish? Once you meet Isaiah, you realize you are a better person because he is a part of your world. I consider myself very blessed to coach this special young man.”


GIRLS

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Stephanie Amichia, North Gwinnett

Stephanie Amichia

School: North Gwinnett

Class: Senior

Height: 6-0

Age: 18

Nickname: Big Meech

Place of birth: Lawrenceville

College choice: LSU

Twitter handle: _meechieee

Favorite teacher: Sally Rutherford

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Brianna Cummings

How many states have you played basketball in?: 5

Best way to wind down after a game: Watch more basketball

Favorite NBA player: Blake Griffin

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Cool Blue Gatorade, rice with vegetables and steak

Last concert I went to: Drake

Best-looking celebrity: Paul George

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Track

Noteworthy: A fierce rebounder, Amichia filled that role well last season for the state runner-up Bulldogs and averaged a team-best 8.3 boards. She will be counted on more offensively this season thanks to the graduation losses of Lexie Brown and Peyton Whitted.

Coach Bryan Sellers’ take: “Stephanie Amichia is a great kid. She has been a leader in our locker room and on the floor. She is a blue-collar player that embraces her role and that coaches love to have on their team. She has a nose for the ball and is a beast on the boards. She is a key factor in our team’s success this year. Her effort and work ethic that she possesses serves her well here at North Gwinnett and is the reason she will be playing at LSU next year.”


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Brianna Cummings, GAC

Brianna Cummings

School: GAC

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Age: 17

Nickname: Bri

Place of birth: Lawrenceville

College choice: George Washington

Twitter handle: bri_cummings5

Favorite teacher: Isiah Hill

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Sydni Means

How many states have you played basketball in?: 12

Best way to wind down after a game: Drink chocolate milk and shower

Favorite NBA team: Boston Celtics

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Fried catfish, macaroni and cheese and green beans

Last concert I went to: Never been

Best-looking celebrity: Michael Ealy

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Volleyball

Noteworthy: Cummings is one of two senior leaders, along with teammate Sydni Means, on an otherwise young GAC team. The four-year starter averaged 18.5 points (fourth in Gwinnett) and 9 rebounds (third in Gwinnett) last season for a 21-win, state-tournament team.

Coach Cal Boyd’s take: “Brianna Cummings is one of my all-time best players I have ever coached. She has a heart of a champion. Brianna is an incredible competitor and her work ethic is second to none. She brings the best out in her teammates and she is an amazing leader both on and off the court. Brianna is not only an outstanding basketball player, but an incredible student, carrying a 4.3 GPA. As good a player as Brianna is, she is an even more amazing person. She is humble, kind and a strong Christian young lady. Our coaches here at GAC feel it is truly an honor to have worked with her over the past four years in high school. I know Brianna is going to do amazing things her senior year, during college at George Washington University, and beyond during her lifetime. A player like Brianna Cummings does not come around too often.”


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Alexandra Frazier, Central Gwinnett

Alexandra Frazier

School: Central Gwinnett

Class: Junior

Height: 5-8

Age: 16

Nickname: Alex

Place of birth: Columbia, S.C.

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: simplyalex_5

Favorite teacher: Mr. Thompson, my fifth-grade teacher

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: Parkview’s Victoria Harris

How many states have you played basketball in?: 9

Best way to wind down after a game: Grab something to eat and watch the boys game

Favorite NBA, WNBA teams: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Sparks

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Jordan Brand

My perfect meal would be: Nachos, wings and french fries

Last concert I went to: Travis Porter

Best-looking celebrity: Michael Ealy

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Softball, track and field

Noteworthy: Frazier excelled as the Black Knights’ point guard and leader last season, helping her team to the second round of the state playoffs. She averaged 15.3 points and 3.9 assists, but was at her best in the region and state tournaments, when she averaged 29 points.

Coach Jason Adams’ take: “Alexandra Frazier is one of the most talented players to come up through Central Gwinnett, a school known to produce some of the best point guards this county has ever seen in the likes of Ida Neal, Michelle Conklin and Dria David. Alex, before it is all said and done, may be in a class by herself. She is mature beyond her years. She knows and embraces the role of a leader on the floor and off. She is our hardest worker and not only that she gets it done in the classroom as well with a 3.96 GPA. Only a junior, Alex has already established herself as a prolific scorer on the offensive end of the floor but it is her leadership that makes everyone on our team better that makes all the difference for us.”


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Madison Newby, Archer

Madison Newby

School: Archer

Class: Junior

Height: 5-7

Age: 16

Nickname: Newby

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Georgia State

Twitter handle: None

Favorite teacher: Kathleen Nason

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: Archer’s Autumn Newby, her younger sister

How many states have you played basketball in?: 7

Best way to wind down after a game: Take a hot shower

Favorite NBA player: Kobe Bryant

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chinese

Last concert I went to: Waka Flocka

Best-looking celebrity: Trey Burke

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Soccer

Noteworthy: Newby took a step forward as a sophomore, guiding the Tigers to the state playoffs with her steady play and stifling defense at point guard. She averaged a team-high 18.5 points, fourth in Gwinnett County, as well as 4.6 assists last season.

Coach Ryan Lesniak’s take: “Madison was thrown into the fire as a freshmen and has grown up quickly as a ball player over the course of that past two seasons. As a competitor, she has embraced the role as the starting point guard and has flourished in making the others around her better. Madison’s ability to distribute the basketball (268 career assists) and create turnovers (227 career steals) makes her tough to take off the floor. With Madison’s 3.4 GPA and 895 career points going into her junior season, Georgia State has struck gold by sealing her commitment over this past offseason. We are excited about what lies ahead for Madison and even more excited about Madison leading the Archer program these next two years.”


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Genesis Perrymond, Parkview

Genesis Perrymond

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

Height: 5-8

Age: 17

Nickname: GiGi

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: South Alabama

Twitter handle: Whasssuppp

Favorite teacher: Carl Zimmerman

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Brianna Cummings

How many states have you played basketball in?: 12

Best way to wind down after a game: Go to Waffle House with friends

Favorite WNBA team: Minnesota Lynx

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chipotle or steak

Last concert I went to: J. Cole

Best-looking celebrity: August Alsina

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Tennis

Noteworthy: The top returner from a Parkview team that has gone 59-2 the past two seasons, Perrymond hopes to lead her teammates to another big season. She averaged 11.7 points and 6 assists last season, even as her minutes were limited because of Parkview’s large rotation and a season full of blowout victories.

Coach Kirk Call’s take: “Genesis is an amazing person who excels in all areas. Her quiet determination to succeed is a key ingredient to her leadership ability and to our success as a team this season. Her long range shooting and playmaking ability makes her a very versatile player that can fill up a stat sheet in several different ways. She is committed to finishing off her high school career as a state champion and I fully expect her to be successful this season and in her future at South Alabama.”


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Katie Powell, Duluth

Katie Powell

School: Duluth

Class: Senior

Height: 6-3

Age: 18

Nickname: KP

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: TCU

Twitter handle: _katiejpow

Favorite teacher: Wendy Maley

Aside from myself, the best current Gwinnett high school basketball player is: GAC’s Brianna Cummings

How many states have you played basketball in?: 15

Best way to wind down after a game: Take a shower and then sleep the rest of the day

Favorite NBA team: Oklahoma City Thunder

If I had a shoe deal, it would be with: Nike

My perfect meal would be: Chipotle

Last concert I went to: The Weekend

Best-looking celebrity: Bradley Cooper

Sport I’m best at besides basketball: Volleyball

Noteworthy: One of Gwinnett’s most prolific scorers, Powell has produced points inside and beyond the 3-point line during her career. She averaged 17.8 points (seventh in Gwinnett) and 9.8 rebounds (best in Gwinnett) last season for a team that has reached the state playoffs in each of her three seasons.

Coach Chad Pittman’s take: “Katie Powell continues to grow and reach new heights as a basketball player. She came in as a 6-3 freshman with a good skill set and high expectations from her family, her teammates and the coaching staff. She has met those expectations and continues to work toward higher goals set before her. Katie is becoming a complete player both inside and out. Even though her stats through her junior season are what most players would like to accomplish after four seasons, she still has so much potential to excel and truly be a dominant force at the collegiate level. She will have to mature as a young lady and continue to grow as a player as she makes the jump to the next level but I feel confident that Katie will make herself, her family, our program and the Wildcat community proud while on her way to developing into a phenomenal basketball player, but more importantly a special young lady. We are proud of Katie, and for what she has accomplished while at Duluth.”