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PREP BASKETBALL: One Southern Crescent school rose above the rest in national website recognition

McIntosh senior Jordan Lyons is beginning to see the postseason accolades roll in. (File)

McIntosh senior Jordan Lyons is beginning to see the postseason accolades roll in. (File)

Jonesboro's MJ Walker is receiving widespread acclaim after another stellar season. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

Jonesboro’s MJ Walker is receiving widespread acclaim after another stellar season. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

Southern Crescent hoopers have found their way on the hoopseen.com Georgia All-State basketball scene.

The national prep basketball website released its by-classification all-state teams Monday night, right after an eventful and controversial weekend at the GHSA state championships in Macon.

Headlining the group was a trio of McIntosh standouts named to the Class AAAAA team. The Chiefs were the only school to name three players on to the hoopseen.com all-state team.

Jordan Lyons (first team), Will Washington (second team) and Dishon Lowery (third team) were all tabbed as the best of the best in Georgia, after the three seniors led McIntosh to a 29-3 record in 2015-16, and a semifinals finish after losing to eventual state champion Miller Grove in the Class AAAAA Final Four.

Lyons, a sharpshooting two-guard who’s headed to Furman next season averaged 19.3 points per game and shot 37 percent from behind the arc, while Washington put up 13.8 points and 7.3 assists per game and Lowery averaged a double-double (10.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg).

Class AAAA was well represented also, with a pair of juniors in Sandy Creek guard Elias Harden and Jonesboro’s MJ Walker finding place on the first team. Walker was also named the Class AAAA junior of the year.

Walker was the clear pace-setter for a Cardinals team that came just short of being just the second team in Class AAAA history to three straight state championships. As the focal point of Jonesboro’s attack, he averaged 22.3 points per game. He had 22 points in the Cardinals’ 58-52 loss to Liberty County in last Thursday’s Class AAAA championship game.

Harden was the offensive go-getter on a revived Sandy Creek squad under first-year coach Anthony McKissic. Harden’s 20.9 points per contest led the Patriots, and Harden threw in almost six rebounds a game also.

You can find the full Class AAAA all-state team  here.

And here are the complete Class AAAAA all-state team rosters.

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