Boys basketball rankings: Swainsboro No. 1 in AA entering region tournaments

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Swainsboro was upset in its region tournament last year and didn’t make the state playoffs. This season, the Tigers will enter their region tournament ranked No. 1 in Class AA as they chase after their first state title since 1996.

Swainsboro (23-2) moved to the top of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings this week after previous No. 1, defending champion Therrell, was upset against Hapeville Charter last week.

Swainsboro has lost only to Statesboro, a AAAAA team, and Jeff Davis, a region rival that Swainsboro later defeated. Two years ago, Swainsboro made a run to the state finals but hasn’t won a state-playoff game since. The 2018 team lost in the first round, and the 2019 team, seeded No. 3 in its tournament, did not make it through.

The rankings remained relatively unchanged this week. Grayson, Lithonia, Pace Academy, St. Francis and Treutlen have been No. 1 since at least Christmas.

This week’s 56 region tournaments will seed the state tournament, which begins Feb. 14.

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Grayson (24-1)
  2. Norcross (23-2)
  3. Shiloh (22-3)
  4. Milton (21-4)
  5. McEachern (18-5)
  6. Wheeler (17-7)
  7. Archer (17-8)
  8. Newton (17-8)
  9. East Coweta (17-8)
  10. Cherokee (21-4)

Class AAAAAA

  1. Tucker (21-3)
  2. South Cobb (23-2)
  3. Sequoyah (21-4)
  4. Tri-Cities (20-5)
  5. Hughes (18-7)
  6. Lanier (20-5)
  7. Chattahoochee (18-7)
  8. Valdosta (21-3)
  9. Grovetown (21-3)
  10. Brunswick (17-8)

Class AAAAA

  1. Lithonia (24-1)
  2. Dutchtown (22-3)
  3. Eagle's Landing (21-3)
  4. Cedar Shoals (23-2)
  5. Kell (21-4)
  6. Veterans (23-2)
  7. Buford (18-6)
  8. Statesboro (20-5)
  9. Warner Robins (19-4)
  10. Miller Grove (17-9)

Class AAAA

  1. Americus-Sumter (25-0)
  2. Woodward Academy (22-2)
  3. Sandy Creek (21-4)
  4. Chapel Hill (18-7)
  5. Denmark (20-5)
  6. Cross Creek (19-6)
  7. LaFayette (21-2)
  8. Carver-Columbus (16-8)
  9. Baldwin (13-8)
  10. St. Pius (18-7)

Class AAA

  1. Pace Academy (21-4)
  2. Windsor Forest (21-4)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (19-6)
  4. Dawson County (23-2)
  5. Hart County (22-3)
  6. Monroe (19-6)
  7. Lovett (18-6)
  8. Westminster (16-8)
  9. Greater Atlanta Christian (18-7)
  10. North Murray (20-5)

Class AA

  1. Swainsboro (23-2)
  2. Glenn Hills (18-7)
  3. Therrell (18-7)
  4. Douglass (15-10)
  5. Butler (17-5)
  6. Jeff Davis (18-7)
  7. Spencer (19-3)
  8. Laney (18-7)
  9. Washington County (16-6)
  10. Banks County (21-4)

Class A-Private

  1. St. Francis (22-3)
  2. Greenforest Christian (14-9)
  3. Mount Pisgah Christian (18-6)
  4. Walker (18-6)
  5. Trinity Christian (15-9)
  6. Wesleyan (16-6)
  7. North Cobb Christian (17-8)
  8. Christian Heritage (20-3)
  9. Providence Christian (24-1)
  10. Pinecrest Academy (13-11)

Class A-Public

  1. Treutlen (24-0)
  2. Wilcox County (23-0)
  3. Calhoun County (20-2)
  4. Terrell County (20-2)
  5. Wilkinson County (17-8)
  6. Drew Charter (17-7)
  7. Hancock Central (21-3)
  8. Lanier County (20-4)
  9. Mitchell County (17-4)
  10. Georgia Military College (14-6)

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