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Georgia boasts top teams, players

1/22/2009

Georgia's teams and talent have been strong, especially in recent years.

Georgia natives Kwame Brown and Dwight Howard were the No. 1 players picked in the NBA draft in 2001 and 2004.

Schools like Norcross and Wheeler (Marietta) have taken on some of the best from around the country and have more than held their own. Norcross won the Class AAAAA state title last March for the third straight time and became the first team in the state to win three straight state titles since 1940.

Last year, ESPN.com ranked Atlanta as one of the top eight cities for high school basketball in the nation.

Top all-time Georgia players:
Shareef Abdur-Raheem (Wheeler, Marietta)
Kwame Brown (Glynn Academy, Brunswick)
Dale Ellis (Marietta)
Walt Frazier (David Howard, Atlanta)
Matt Harpring (The Marist School, Atlanta)
Dwight Howard (Southwest Atlanta Christian)
Chris Morris (Douglass, Atlanta)
Al Thornton (Perry)
Louis Williams (South Gwinnett, Snellville)
Gerald Wilkins (Southwest, Atlanta)

Mark Tennis is a deputy sports editor of ESPN RISE.