Boys Basketball Power Rankings – December

We’ve got just enough games in that we can provide a somewhat blurry picture of the order of teams on the boys side. To be clear, there have been so many head-to-head wins and losses that it is VERY difficult to order so many teams that are 4-3, 4-4, 3-2, etc.

#1 TOWNS COUNTY

RECORD: 3-0 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2

The Indians are a flawless 3-0. Yes, it’s early, but this group brought back nearly everything from last year and then some. Transfers and true freshmen are making this already solid team even better! They’re state-ranked at #2 currently in the MaxPreps polls. Wins have come over locals Tallulah Falls (ranked #10 in the state) and twice over Union.


#2 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

RECORD: #2
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8

The Raiders are 5-2 and playing ball we haven’t seen in years. Wins include a nail-biter over White, though Hab would love do-overs against Lumpkin and Stephens. Malachi Dooley has to be an early Player of the Year candidate.

#3 WHITE COUNTY

RECORD: 4-4 (1-0)
REGION: #6

The Warriors, now that all their football players are back on the court, are gelling. The win over Dawson was huge, and White County has also bested Banks. Earlier losses include to Lumpkin and Habersham while not having full strength.


#4 JEFFERSON

RECORD: 3-2 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1

The Dragons, as expected, are learning to play together since such a large number of their players are still on the gridiron. It will take some time for this group to finally get together and start gelling. Still, Jefferson has won 3 of its past 4. Wins include taking down Stephens and Banks.

#5 BANKS COUNTY

RECORD: 4-3 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3

The Leopards are ranked #9 in the state polls, and had a 3-game win streak earlier in the season. The offense is doing its thing behind Pierce Martin, Dakota Orr, and company. One notable win over local teams is against Commerce, though Banks has fallen to White County and Jefferson.


#6 DAWSON COUNTY

RECORD: 4-4 (1-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4

The Tigers have a glut of talent, and Joakeim Celestin has proven to be awesome. Dawson dropped a nail-biter to White County, but rebounded with a win over Lumpkin.


#7 TALLULAH FALLS

RECORD: 5-2 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10

TFS is ranked #10 in the state polls after a 5-2 start. They have a few guys that are so athletic. The real blemish was the loss to Towns County, but this quick team is riding a 3-game win streak right now.


#8 LUMPKIN COUNTY

RECORD: 3-2 (0-1)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9

The Indians were off to a quick 3-0 start, but a recent 2-game slide that includes a loss to Dawson in region-opening play has them here. Wins came over Habersham and White, so there’s that.


#9 STEPHENS COUNTY

RECORD: 4-3 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #12

The Indians average over 60 points per game, and Kenny Colwell is a big culprit. Despite a loss to Jefferson, this team has some quality wins over Rabun twice, Habersham, and Union.


#10 COMMERCE

RECORD: 1-5 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5

Commerce is off to a tough 1-5 start, though the offense does its part by averaging nearly 60 points per game. Losses against locals include an L to Banks County.


#11 RABUN COUNTY

RECORD: 0-4 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7

The Cats have had amazing play on the court by Connor McKay, but really haven’t been at full strength yet with the football team still getting it done on the field. For now, Rabun will continue to look for improvement and start to win some of the games they’ve fallen on the wrong side of. Losses include twice to Stephens.


#12 UNION COUNTY

RECORD: 0-4 (0-0)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11

The Panthers still seek that first win. A pair of losses to rivals Towns, and one to Stephens really stands out.

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