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Despite 9-10 Mid-Season Record HSSR Feels High Point Academy Top Class A Boys’ Team In SC

HSSR Class A Boys’ Ranking

(As Of 1-24-2020)

  1. High Point Academy
  2. Great Falls

3.  Charleston math & Science

4. Wagener-Salley

5. Dixie

6.  Scoot’s branch

7. Military Magnet

8. CE Murray

9. Hemingway

10. McCormick


Despite 9-10 Mid-Season Record HSSR Feels High Point Academy Top Class A Boys’ Team In SC

By Billy Baker


Moncks Corner—Which is a wider opinion; the Grand Canyon or who is favored in the Class A boys’ basketball classification in South Carolina to win a state title in early March?

Starting with the final two teams last year you have Class A Charter School High Point Academy who is 9-10 but with  7-1 in their region as of January, 24. The Grizzly’s have played big schools like Gaffney an Wren so you have to evaluate them more on their region record to get a feel for who might emerge to the gold medal record in just over a month.

Last year High Point Academy defeated Hemingway 70-55 in the finals. Hemingway is something like 6-7 at the mid-point of the season and they suffered heavy graduation losses from last season. Marcus Watts is the head coach at High Point Academy, and he led his team to a 22-win season last year.

Oddly enough we are ranking High Point Academy number one right now because as we said this Class A league is open for any Ciinderella to claim the glass slipper.  Among the top scorers in the state right now are High Point Academy’s Isayah Owens at 23.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 49 assists and these stats have earned him captain status for sure.  Jayden Byrd is a senior guard and co-captain at 22.4 points a game. You might conclude that these two players alone should give their team a deep playoff run even if they do not defend their title.

Other contributing players for the top ranked Grizzly’s include freshman Elijah Choice at 6.2 points a game along with 6-3 senior big man Josh Smith who is another captain averaging 4.2 rebounds a game. Aiden Mims is a 6-2 center who does a lot of the little things well.

After his team’s title win last year Coach Watts said, “I told the boys that the narrative coming into the contest was that we shoot the ball well,” said Coach Watts. “I also told them after the game that I wanted it to change, that those boys can defend well also. I think we showed that in this game.”

High Point nailed 9 of 19 three=ball shots in the final last year and that was a huge difference in them winning the Class A state title.

Number two ranked Great Falls is 17-3 and 3-0 in the region led by Winthrop signee 6-7 Kelton Talford who is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Red Devils. Charleston Math & Science is ranked third followed by Wagener-Sally, Dixie, Scott’s Branch, Military Magnet, C.E. Murray, Hemingway and McCormick rounds out the top 10.


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