Each month, ESPN RISE will rank the top prep basketball team's in each area. Here are the top five teams for the Greater Atlanta area.
1. Wheeler All-State senior forward Richard Howell and last year's AAAAA runners-up are loaded with enough firepower to unseat Norcross.
2. South Atlanta The nation's No. 2 senior in the ESPNU 100, Derrick Favors returns his intense presence on the interior to a team that went 27-3 last year.
3. Miller Grove The return of seniors Mfon Udofia and Stephen Hill has the Wolverines poised to claw their way past last year's final four finish.
4. Norcross The Blue Devils' five seniors are intent on etching their names on the Class AAAAA trophy for the fourth consecutive season.
5. Fayette County A loss in last year's Class AAAA state title game just intensified the competitive fire for 6-foot-7 senior Noel Johnson and crew.