Former New Manchester guard Dee Topps was the lone county player that was named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game.
The game was recently canceled because of growing health concerns with the COVD-19 virus.
The GACA game annually pits senior players that represent the North regions (5-8) against players from South regions (1-4).
GACA issued the following statement in regards to the game cancellation: “It is with regret, GACA has canceled the GACA All-Star Basketball Classic for 2020. Due to growing health concerns with the COVD-19 virus, GACA has decided it is in the best interest of athletes and coaches to cancel this year’s All-Star Classic. We look forward to re-igniting this exciting event next year.”
This past season, Topps led the Jaguars to an 18-8 record overall and 11-5 record and fourth-place finish in the regular-season Region 5-AAAAAA standings.
New Manchester was eliminated from the region tournament with a 68-66 loss to Douglas County in the quarterfinals games. Topps scored 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in his final high school game.
On the season, the 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 18.8 points with 1.1 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game.
As a junior, he averaged 15.1 points for the Jaguars.
Topps became one of the top point guards in the state between his junior and senior season. He was invited to participate in the Top 100 prospect camp for the and was named to the All-Region 5-AAAAAA following the end of this season.
The North squad was to be coached by Southwest DeKalb coach Eugene Brown.
The majority of the recruiting has been put on hold because of the virus outbreak. Most coaches have taken an extended leave and the NCAA has canceled winter championships and spring sports because of the virus.
The GHSA, the governing body of high school sports in the state, recommended that schools suspend spring sports activities until further notice.
Professional sports leagues and college conference begin postponing and canceling games and championships on Thursday as more information became available on the virus.
The regular season belongs to the schools themselves,“ said Dr. Robin Hines, Executive Director of the GHSA. “We can only recommend that they suspend playing. The final decision will rest with the local school systems, but we hope they heed the Governor’s and the GHSA’s recommendations.”
The GHSA postponed it state literary competitions. The competition will be made up at a future day, according to the organization’s website.
Governor Brian Kemp recommended that large events in the state be put on hold because of the spread of the virus and has declared a ‘state of emergency’ late last week.