Class A Division II Boys Preview: Wilkinson County vs. Charlton County
Charlton County Indians
Record/ranking: 29-2, No. 1 seed from Region 2, ranked No. 9
Coach: David Bailey
Top players: Jaylen King (12 points, 7.0 rebounds), Jarvis Wright (20.2 points), Elyiss Williams (17.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.2 blocks), Ja’mari Hamilton (7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds), Jordan Toliver (7.3 points). Wright hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Greenforest in the semifinal.
How they got there: def. Early County 66-32, def. Telfair County 79-42, def. Hancock Central 68-45, def. Greenforest Christian 50-49.
Previous championships: None. Charlton County had not been to the Final Four until this year and defeated reigning Class A Private champion Greenforest in the semifinals.
Wilkinson County Warriors
Record/ranking: 24-6, No. 1 seed from Region 5, ranked No. 4
Coach: Xavier Whipple
Top players: Justin Stanley, De’Kartyia Craig, Kwaveon Hill, Jordan Jackson, Tre’Veon Evans. Stanley was named Region 5 Player of the Year. Stanley scored 25 points in the semifinal victory.
How they got there: def. Greenville 85-37, def. Fulton Leadership 79-52, def. Portal 46-42, def. Macon County 85-63.
Previous championships: Ten – 1999, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Game notes: Coach Whipple played the championship teams at Wilkinson County under coach Aaron Geter and went on to play at LSU.