2020 MHSAA 5A Post Season Report

2020 MHSAA 5A Post Season Report

The stats used are stats listed on MaxPreps. You must have stats listed on MaxPreps to be eligible for Head of the Class, Starting Five and Senior Squad.

How do you get on the Magnolia Hoops Report? I put players on here that catch my eye or have a combined stat total of ten. Catching my eye could be leadership from the bench, really good players (without stats listed) or just hard play. Combined stat line of ten can be in any form. It’s doesn’t have to be points only. It can be any of the stats added up to make double-digits.

The Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class is the player with the best stat line by grade. The Magnolia Hoops Starting Five is the top five players with the best stat line for the entire season. The Magnolia Hoops Head Coach is the Coach that did the best job with their team. The Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad is the top five seniors with the best stat lines.

Rankings

  1. Callaway (25-5)– Resume State Champs, VS 5A (16-0) Key 5A wins (Forest Hill by 6, Vicksburg by 22, Provine by 15, Vicksburg by 9, Wingfield by 15, Provine by 29, Provine by 8, Vicksburg by 14, Lake Cormorant by 36, Holmes County Central by 26, Wingfield by 17, Center Hill by 16), 5A losses (), Other key wins (Wooddale (TN) by 11, Murrah by 17, Lausanne Collegiate (TN) by 21, Leesville Road (NC) by 14, Curie (IL #1) by 6, Marshall County (KY) by 7, Petal by 16), The 5A State Champs went undefeated in Mississippi going 20-0. In fact, they dominated the state with their closest game being 6 points with an average score of 79-56. They went out of state and represented us on the national level going 5-5 against teams with an average state rank of 14. They split with the #13 nationally ranked and #1 team in Illinois, Chicago Curie.
  2. Center Hill (25-9)– Resume VS 5A (13-1) Key 5A wins (Holmes County Central by 20, Lake Cormorant by 34, Saltillo by 8, Lake Cormorant by 4, Saltillo by 23, Lake Cormorant by 19, Vicksburg by 9, Cleveland Central by 4, Forest Hill by 17), 5A losses (Callaway by 16), Other key wins (Holly Springs by 9, Pontotoc by 5, Holly Springs by 8, Oxford by 29, Southaven by 22, Collierville (TN) by 14, Brentwood Academy (TN) by 11, Oak Ridge Academy (TN) by 3), They were battle tested against the best teams in Tennessee. They lost to the 6A state champs by 1 in OT. Only loss in 5A came in the championship game.
  3. Hattiesburg (23-7)– Resume VS 5A (15-1) Key 5A wins (Forest Hill by 18, Natchez by 10, Wayne County by 5, Laurel by 27, ), 5A losses (Wingfield by 5), Other key wins (Meridian by 6, Petal by 3, Oak Grove by 6, Jefferson Davis County by 13, Oak Grove by 2), Went 15-1 against 5A teams but didn’t win one of the most important that counted. Some big wins over 6A schools and a win over Forest Hill get them the 3 spot despite losing to Wingfield.
  4. Forest Hill (25-6)– Resume VS 5A (15-5) Key 5A wins (Vicksburg by 22, Provine by 2, Holmes County Central by 17, Wingfield by 11, Natchez by 11, Natchez by 9, Wingfield by 14), 5A losses (Hattiesburg by 18, Callaway by 6, Wingfield by 11, Wingfield by 3, Center Hill by 17), Other key wins (Raymond by 19, Murrah by 12, Meridian by 4, Yazoo City by 3, ), A great season only losing to 4 5A teams including the 1 and 2 teams. Some big wins and made the final four.
  5. Wingfield (22-12)– Resume VS 5A (12-6) Key 5A wins (Holmes County Central by 4, Forest Hill by 11, Provine by 7, Natchez by 24, Forest Hill by 3, Natchez by 2, Hattiesburg by 5, Natchez by 4), 5A losses (Forest Hill by 11, Natchez by 4, Callaway by 15, Provine by 1, Forest Hill by 14, Callaway by 17), Other key wins (Jackson Prep by 36, Murrah by 4, Montgomery (AL) by 1, Raymond by 3), After the first two teams in 5A, everybody beat everybody so it’s a toss up here. They split with Forest Hill and beat Hattiesburg but lost more 5A games. 3, 4 and 5 could be switched any way you want them.
  6. Vicksburg (20-10)– Resume VS 5A (9-6) Key 5A wins (Natchez by 21, Cleveland Central by 4, Provine by 5, Provine by 19), 5A losses (Holmes County Central by 13, Forest Hill by 22, Callaway by 22, Callaway by 9, Callaway by 14, Center Hill by 9), Other key wins (South Delta by 11, Murrah by 20), 5 of 6 5A losses were to top 5 5A level teams. Several solid wins this season.
  7. Holmes County Central (19-12-)– Resume VS 5A (10-6) Key 5A wins (Vicksburg by 13, Cleveland Central by 18, Cleveland Central by 8, Saltillo by 11, New Hope by 5), 5A losses (Wingfield by 4, Center Hill by 20, Forest Hill by 17, Laurel by 9, Cleveland Central by 2, Callaway by 26), Other key wins (Yazoo City by 1, Velma Jackson by 10, Gentry by 3), Big wins could’ve had them at the 5 spot. Losses to several 5A teams hurt but were all to top 5A teams. Two losses to the 4A champs, Greenwood. Two good wins over 23-6 Saltillo and 23-2 New Hope to end their seasons.
  8. New Hope (23-2)– Resume VS 5A (9-1) Key 5A wins (Lake Cormorant by 20), 5A losses (Holmes County Central by 5), Other key wins (Noxubee County by 10, Pickens County (AL) by 1, Noxubee County by 14, Southaven by 7, Pickens County by 46, Houston by 1), Only one loss to a 5A opponent but it was a costly one with a quick out in the playoffs. A very good season with some quality wins.
  9. Cleveland Central (17-14)– Resume VS 5A (6-6) Key 5A wins (Lake Cormorant by 3, Holmes County Central by 2), 5A losses (Grenada by 5, Vicksburg by 4, Holmes County Central by 18, Neshoba Central by 8, Holmes County Central by 8, Neshoba Central by 19, Center Hill by 4), Other key wins (Greenwood by 3, Shaw by 2, Shaw by 5), A team that is 5 points away from making the Big House with a late season push. Some tough losses to 5A teams hurt in the rankings.
  10. Laurel (18-12)– Resume VS 5A (11-6) Key 5A wins (Holmes County Central by 9, Wayne County by 5, Wayne County by 3), 5A losses (Callaway by 35, Wayne County by 1, Hattiesburg by 27, Jim Hill by 3, Brookhaven by 2, Forest Hill by 44), Other key wins (Jefferson Davis County by 10, Heidelberg by 3), Some good wins and some bad losses here but a final 8 appearance helped their cause in the top 10.

Strength of Schedule

  1. Callaway 25-5 20.6
  2. Center Hill 25-9 18.1
  3. Provine 13-16 17.5
  4. Vicksburg 20-10 15.7
  5. Forest Hill 25-6 15.6
  6. Wingfield 22-12 15.1
  7. Holmes County Central 19-12 14.6
  8. Hattiesburg 23-7 13.9
  9. Jim Hill 6-18 13.9
  10. Cleveland Central 17-14 13.3

Winning percentage

  1. New Hope 23-2 .920
  2. Callaway 25-5 .833
  3. Forest Hill 25-6 .806
  4. Saltillo 23-6 .793
  5. Hattiesburg 23-7 .767
  6. Wayne County 20-7 .741
  7. Center Hill 25-9 .735
  8. Vicksburg 20-10 .667
  9. Neshoba Central 12-6 .667
  10. Wingfield 22-12 .647

Magnolia Hoops Head Coach

The best coaching job this season.

David Sanders

Callaway


Magnolia Hoops Head of the Class

The best players in their respective classes this season based on stats.

2020: Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-7 G Forest Hill 28 ppg 221-439 fg 50% fg 53 3’s 123-159 ft 77% ft 9 rpg 4 apg 2 spg 2 bpg

2021: Daeshun Ruffin

5-11 G Callaway 27 ppg 241-483 fg 50% fg 65 3’s 204-266 ft 77% ft 4 rpg 3 apg 3 spg 1 bpg

2022: Mark Drone

5-11 G Provine 25 ppg 56% fg 83% ft 6 rpg 5 apg 2 spg

2023: L.J. Hackman

6-1 G New Hope 10 ppg 16 3’s 3 rpg 2 apg 3 spg

2024: Jeremiah “D.J.” Davis

6-2 G Lafayette 7 ppg 23 3’s 1 rpg 1 apg 1 spg


Magnolia Hoops Starting 5

The top five players this season based on stats.

Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-7 ’20 G Forest Hill 28 ppg 221-439 fg 50% fg 53 3’s 123-159 ft 77% ft 9 rpg 4 apg 2 spg 2 bpg

Daeshun Ruffin

5-11 ’21 G Callaway 27 ppg 241-483 fg 50% fg 65 3’s 204-266 ft 77% ft 4 rpg 3 apg 3 spg 1 bpg

Mark Drone

5-11 ’22 G Provine 25 ppg 56% fg 83% ft 6 rpg 5 apg 2 spg

Decorian “D.D.” Payton

6-6 ’20 F/C Center Hill 18 ppg 221-344 fg 64% fg 12 rpg 1 apg 2 spg 1 bpg

Anthony Robinson

6-5 ’21 G Long Beach 16 ppg 40 3’s 6 rpg 5 apg 3 spg


Katie Roberts Photography Senior Squad

The top five seniors this season based on stats.

Keondre “Dre” Montgomery

6-7 G Forest Hill 28 ppg 221-439 fg 50% fg 53 3’s 123-159 ft 77% ft 9 rpg 4 apg 2 spg 2 bpg

Decorian “D.D.” Payton

6-6 F/C Center Hill 18 ppg 221-344 fg 64% fg 12 rpg 1 apg 2 spg 1 bpg

Nick Walker

6-4 F Hattiesburg 15 ppg 69% fg 11 rpg 1 apg 1 spg 2 bpg

Damarion Arrington

6-4 G/F Wingfield 17 ppg 225-393 fg 57% fg 10 3’s 6 rpg 1 apg 1 spg 3 bpg

Jeff Blackmon

5-11 G Ridgeland 25 ppg 54% fg 34 3’s 75% ft 1 rpg 1 apg 1 spg


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