Week 1 boys basketball rankings

Micah Smith of Sandy Creek was named the Class 3A boys player of the year for the 2022-23 season.

Credit: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

Credit: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

Micah Smith of Sandy Creek was named the Class 3A boys player of the year for the 2022-23 season.

In Class 7A, Norcross slid from No. 4 to No. 8 after its 64-62 loss to unranked Brookwood and Walton moved up from No. 9 to No. 6 following a dominant 93-34 win over Sequoyah to open the season. JP Wells led Walton with a blazing performance of 29 points with 8-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. In Class 6A, Lanier moved down a spot to No. 8 following a 76-72 loss to Class 4A Walnut Grove. In Class 5A, No. 1 ranked Kell impressed in its 85-61 win over Greenforest Christian in the Elite 8 Tip-Off Classic and Union Grove replaced Winder-Barrow at No. 10 following its 75-55 win over East Coweta at the Blockbuster Classic. Walnut Grove’s win over Lanier resulted in a jump from No. 7 to No. 6 in Class 4A. North Oconee is the only other ranked Class 4A program to play a game and the Titans roared back from a 31-25 halftime deficit to defeat Clarke Central 72-65.

In Class 3A, Cedar Grove moved up from No. 5 to No. 4 after opening the season with a 73-30 blowout win over Eastside at the SWD Showcase IX. Additionally, Dougherty fell to No. after a 51-46 loss to Westover. The Class 2A and Class A Division I and Division II action will pick up this weekend.

Class 7A

1. Grayson

2. McEachern

3. Wheeler

4. Berkmar

5. Newton

6. Walton

7. Milton

8. Norcross

9. Carrollton

10. Osborne

Class 6A

1. Alexander

2. Woodward Academy

3. Riverwood

4. Jonesboro

5. St. Pius

6. Shiloh

7. Hughes

8. Lanier

9. South Paulding

10. Lakeside-Evans

Class 5A

1. Kell

2. Eagle’s Landing

3. Dutchtown

4. Hiram

5. Chapel Hill

6. Tri-Cities

7. Mays

8. Maynard-Jackson

9. Warner Robins

10. Union Grove

Class 4A

1. Pace Academy

2. Holy Innocents’

3. McDonough

4. North Oconee

5. Madison County

6. Walnut Grove

7. Fayette County

8. Westover

9. Seckinger

10. Central-Carroll

Class 3A

1. Sandy Creek

2. Douglass

3. Johnson-Savannah

4. Cedar Grove

5. Cross Creek

6. Long County

7. Calvary Day

8. Monroe Area

9. Dougherty

10. Hebron Christian

Class 2A

1. Columbia

2. Westside-Augusta

3. Thomson

4. Spencer

5. Dodge County

6. Butler

7. North Cobb Christian

8. Southwest Macon

9. Putnam County

10. Model

Class A Division I

1. Mt. Vernon

2. Darlington

3. King’s Ridge

4. Mt. Pisgah

5. Temple

6. Paideia

7. St. Francis

8. Woodville-Thompkins

9. Swainsboro

10. Savannah

Class A Division II

1. Portal

2. Christian Heritage

3. Greenforest Christian

4. Charlton County

5. Wilkinson County

6. Macon County

7. Clinch County

8. Mitchell County

9. Manchester

10. Hancock Central