Tucker boys basketball coach James Hartry shouts instructions in March during the GHSA finals  in Macon. The Tigers lost to Tri-Cities in that Class AAAAAA final. They are ranked No. 1 with a 19-2 record this season. Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Boys basketball rankings: Tucker, Americus-Sumter move up to No. 1

Tucker and Americus-Sumter were state finalists in boys basketball last season, each losing by three points in their championship games in Macon. With two weeks left in this year’s regular season, they’re both No. 1.

Tucker, which has won seven straight games since consecutive losses in December, moved ahead of South Cobb (19-2, 12-1) in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Class AAAAAA rankings and stands 19-2. South Cobb, also 19-2, held the No. 1 spot for one week but lost a Region 6 game Tuesday to No. 5 Sequoyah (17-4, 10-2).

Tucker is led by Jermontae Hill, an all-state player from the 2019 team that lost to Tri-Cities 46-43 in the championship game. He’s now joined by another 6-foot-6 senior, Terrence Edwards Jr., who spent a season at a North Carolina prep school last season. Both have Division I offers.

Tri-Cities has spent most of the season ranked No. 1 but has lost twice in 20 days to Hughes, which moved up to No. 3 this week. Hughes (12-6, 9-2) and Tri-Cities (18-3, 11-2) are rivals in Region 5.

In AAAA, Americus-Sumter (18-0) moved ahead of Woodward Academy as the No. 1 team after Woodward was stunned Friday by Druid Hills (11-11). It was the first in-state loss for Woodward, a team led by 7-foot center and North Carolina signee Walker Kessler. 

On Saturday, Americus-Sumter avenged its 2019 state finals loss to Carver-Columbus with a 61-52 victory. Americus-Sumter graduated Region 1 player of the year Joshua Lasune, now at Campbell, but brought back all-state guard Traveon Brown, a three-year starter.

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Grayson (19-1)
  2. Norcross (20-2)
  3. Shiloh (19-3)
  4. Milton (16-4)
  5. McEachern (13-4)
  6. Wheeler (25-5)
  7. Archer (14-7)
  8. Newton (15-6)
  9. East Coweta (14-6)
  10. Etowah (15-5)

Class AAAAAA

  1. Tucker (19-2)
  2. South Cobb (19-2)
  3. Hughes (12-6)
  4. Tri-Cities (18-3)
  5. Sequoyah (17-4)
  6. Lanier (16-5)
  7. Valdosta (17-2)
  8. Evans (14-4)
  9. Chattahoochee (14-7)
  10. Brunswick (14-7)

Class AAAAA

  1. Lithonia (20-1)
  2. Dutchtown (20-3)
  3. Eagle's Landing (18-2)
  4. Cedar Shoals (20-1)
  5. Veterans (19-1)
  6. Kell (17-4)
  7. Warner Robins (15-2)
  8. Buford (15-5)
  9. Walnut Grove (15-4)
  10. Statesboro (16-5)

Class AAAA

  1. Americus-Sumter (18-0)
  2. Sandy Creek (15-3)
  3. Woodward Academy (18-2)
  4. Chapel Hill (14-6)
  5. Denmark (16-5)
  6. Cross Creek (16-5)
  7. St. Pius (14-6)
  8. North Clayton (13-5)
  9. LaFayette (18-2)
  10. Westover (11-6)

Class AAA

  1. Pace Academy (16-4)
  2. Johnson-Savannah (16-5)
  3. Hart County (19-1)
  4. Dawson County (19-2)
  5. Windsor Forest (18-4)
  6. Westminster (14-6)
  7. Lovett (14-5)
  8. Greater Atlanta Christian (14-6)
  9. Monroe (15-5)
  10. North Murray (14-5)

Class AA

  1. Therrell (14-5)
  2. Swainsboro (20-2)
  3. Jeff Davis (16-5)
  4. Glenn Hills (15-7)
  5. Butler (13-5)
  6. Spencer (14-3)
  7. Laney (13-6)
  8. Douglass (17-4)
  9. Thomasville (16-3)
  10. Dublin (17-2)

Class A-Private

  1. St. Francis (16-3)
  2. Greenforest Christian (10-9)
  3. Mount Pisgah Christian (16-4)
  4. Walker (17-4)
  5. Trinity Christian (13-7)
  6. Christian Heritage (17-1)
  7. Wesleyan (12-5)
  8. W.D. Mohammed (13-4)
  9. Providence Christian (20-1)
  10. Pinecrest Academy (11-9)

Class A-Public

  1. Treutlen (20-0)
  2. Wilcox County (17-0)
  3. Terrell County (15-0)
  4. Calhoun County (15-2)
  5. Wilkinson County (13-7)
  6. Drew Charter (12-6)
  7. Lanier County (16-3)
  8. Hancock Central (16-3)
  9. Warren County (13-1)
  10. Dooly County (15-4)

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