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Georgia’s Elite 8

11/08/2019, 5:45pm EST
By Donald Russell

Sharife Cooper highlights top players

The Georgia high school basketball season kicks off this weekend highlighted by a full slate of games at McEachern High School. One of the featured teams on Saturday is host McEachern  Higfh School, coming off an undeafted season, culminating with the school first state championship in boy’s basketball. I must point out that in the process of finishing 32-0, the Indians beat 11 nationally ranked teams and beat 9 out the Georgia top 10 teams in the process, NO DUCK SEASON!

2019-2020 presents a new set of challenges for the Indians having lost four starters, including the countries top defender in Auburn freshman Isaac Okoro but returns all-everything point guard Sharife Cooper. Georgia has had a load of talent pass through over my 26 years in the state but Cooper is one of the most decorated, most accomplished players during that time. Take a look.

89-4 over his three years as the Indians floor general

Undefeated season in Georgia’s highest classification

USA Today and Max Prep player of the year as a junior (Lebron James and Greg Oden only other juniors to do it)

1st Team All-American USA Today, MaxPreps, BallisLife

2nd Team Naismith All-American

Led PeachJam in scoring and assist going into junior season

Led EYBL in assist going into senior season 

MVP at City of Palms and Bass Pro during Junior season, Game MVP at Cancer Research and HoopHall

Consensus Mr. Georgia Basketball as a Junior

UnderClassman All-American

Having dominated at the City of Palms, averaging over 20 points a game, if he averages just 12 points in December, he will be the leading scorer in City of Palms history! No doubt a stellar body of work. Cooper doesn’t rest on his laurels though, he is a relentless worker, always looking to find ways to improve and is driven by his desire to win. When asked when he saw the potential, AAU coach and dad said “we were playing in the Georgia State Rec League championships and they were down by 18 to a team led by Anthony Edwards and he led the comeback victory with 24 points in the second half”. 

When this season ends Sharife Cooper will join his sister, Te’a Cooper and be the only brother, sister McDonald’s All-Americans in history. By the way, the last time a McEachern team had an undefeated season, complete with a state championship was the 33-0 team led by Te’a Cooper in 2015.


10am Heritage vs Cumberland

11:30 Core 4 vs Hargrove Military

1:00 IMG vs TSF

2:30 Campbell vs Meadowcreek

4:00 Westlake vs Kell

5:30 Wheeler vs Dutchtown

7:00 Pebblebrook vs Greenforest

8:30 McEachern vs Berkmar




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