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Prep Boys Basketball Capsules
Coach: Joe Kania
Last year: 16–10 overall, 10–6 in district
Top returners: Sr. Mario Gills.
Top newcomers: Sr. Emanual Bubba; So. Jullian Swinton.
Outlook: The Black–Hawks lost four starters from last year’s team, leaving a younger roster to rebuild around.
Coach: Jason John
Last year: 5–18 overall, 4–12 in district
Top returners: So. G Marco Haskins; Sr. F Ignacio Alleyne; Sr. F Jalen Frazier; Sr. G Demarious Quick.
Top newcomers: So. G T.J. Flood; So. F Winston Burgess; So. G Gary Jennings; So. F Isiah Williams.
Outlook: The Eagles are hoping to take a step forward this year in the district race. Haskins was a second-team all-district player as a freshman, when he averaged 14 points per game.
Coach: Darren Hickman
Last year: 8–15 overall, 5–11 in district
Top returners: Jr. G Aaron McFarland; Sr. G Joey Foster; Sr. F Nate Grosskopf; Sr. F Charles Edwards; Jr. F Logan Seacrist.
Top newcomers: Jr. PG Tony Barnett.
Outlook: The Panthers lost only two players from their rotation, but those two accounted for nearly half their scoring. McFarland led the team in rebounds last year and Foster was the assists leader.
Coach: Kevin Brown
Last year: 19–8 overall, 12–4 in district
Top returners: Lucas Brown; Joe Wilson.
Top newcomers: Tyrell Mason; Tyrus Mason; Ben Keller.
Outlook: Brown was an all-district first-teamer last year and Wilson was on the all-district second team.
Coach: Brad Lear
Last year: 24–3 overall, 14–2 in district
Top returners: Sr. G Lyndon White; Sr. G Brandon Ravenel; Sr. C Usie Miller; Sr. G Jordan Thompson; So. G Justin Tuckson.
Top newcomers: Sr. F Anthony Shegog; Jr. F Even Skjellaug.
Outlook: It’s the first time in 31 years North Stafford will be defending a district title. The Wolverines graduated 50 points per game when it lost three starters from last year, and several key players are still with the football team. Skjellaug is an exchange student from Norway.
Coach: Keyode Rogers
Last year: 5–17 overall, 1–15 in district
Top returners: Sr. F/C Jacob Pugh.
Top newcomers: So. G Deandre Clark; Jr. G Damian Clark; Jr. G Shawn Carter; So. G J’Air Rawlings.
Outlook: Last year’s team graduated seven out of 12 players and four others transferred, so it’s going to be a bunch of new faces for the Hornets this season, their last go-round in the Commonwealth District.
Coach: Eric Davis
Last year: 13–10 overall, 9–7 in district
Top returners: Sr. G Elijah Brown; Sr. F/G Chris Baird; So. PG Zach Sims.
Top newcomers: Jr. F/C Buck Buchanan.
Outlook: Brown is the only returning starter and will be a good starting point to build around. The team has nine juniors and one sophomore.
Coach: Danny Tryon
Last year: 11–14 overall, 8–8 in district
Top returners: Sr. PG Da’shawn Harris; Sr. PF Evan Greening; Sr. G Ryan Jones.
Top newcomers: So. SG Brandon Brown.
Outlook: Though the Indians graduated nine players from last year’s team, they’ve still got a solid core to lean on. Only three players on the roster have varsity experience, but the speed and athleticism has improved.
Coach: Antoine Johnson
Last year: 9–14 overall, 5–9 in district
Top returners: Sr. G Bevontae Morris; Sr. F Devonte Freeman; Jr. F Will Howard.
Top newcomers: Sr. G Deon Scott; Sr. G Daquan Pollard; Sr. F Deon Ware; Jr. G Aason Pankey; Jr. F Jaron Clipper.
Outlook: Ten seniors graduated and only three players return this year. The Cavaliers expect to be more athletic, though, and hope to play an up-tempo style.
Coach: Rob Reich
Last year: 18–9 overall, 11–3 in district
Top returners: Sr. G Chris Holmes; Sr. G Ryan Greer; Sr. PG Dre Edwards; Jr. G Josh James.
Top newcomers: Jr. F Jason Morgan; Jr. G Matt King; Jr. G James Mickens.
Outlook: The Chargers return Battlefield District player of the year Chris Holmes for first-year coach Reich, a year after the school’s first-ever region tournament win. They’ll play up-tempo basketball and try to rely on its quick defense to win games.
Coach: Montie McMorris
Last year: Seventh in the district
Top returners: Jr. G Kyle Talley; Sr. G Sheldon White; Sr. G Travis Mickens; Sr. F Damion Washington; Sr. F Wayne Hawkins.
Top newcomers: Jr. Terrel Robinson; Sr. Eric Washington; Sr. Jared Fehrens; Sr. Chris Carpenter.
Outlook: In McMorris’ second season, the Cougars are replacing their entire starting lineup.
Coach: James Thompson
Last year: 12–2 in district
Top returners: Nik Stewart; Henry Butler
Outlook: The Blue Devils lost three starters from last year’s team, but Butler was an all-region performer and Stewart was a second-team all-district pick.
Coach: George Bowles
Last year: 7–16 overall
Top returners: So. G L.J. Hackley; G Justin Gardiner; F Desean Apperson.
Top newcomers: Jesse Harrison; Robert Thompson.
Outlook: Bowles, a 1992 Culpeper graduate, is the Cyclones’ fifth coach in the last five seasons. Just three players return from last year’s team, which did advance to the Region I tournament. Speed will be an asset.
Coach: Antonio Coghill
Last year: 24–4 overall, 13–1 in district
Top returners: Sr. G Tony Scott; Sr. G Alex Baker; Sr. G Tommy Nguyen; Sr. F Marcus Finnie.
Top newcomers: Sr. G/F Sh’Mar Ellis; Jr. F Jarmal Bevels; Jr. G Chris Somuah; Jr. G Ben Henderson.
Outlook: The Yellow Jackets will be smaller this year and will have to rely on their defense. They’ll also be affected by the JM football team, where many of its key basketball players are also key contributors.
Coach: Josh Luzier
Last year: 13–12 overall, 8–6 in district
Top returners: Sr. PG Keenan Frye; Jr. SF Anthony Howard; Sr. C Jamonte Parker.
Top newcomers: So. SG De’Quan Whiting; So. SG Nana Djan; Sr. SG Sam Sharp.
Outlook: Two sophomores will likely land in the starting lineup for a young King George team. They’ll push the pace and try to win high-scoring games.
Coach: Leonard Carlson
Last year: 0–20 overall, 0–14 in district
Top returners: Jr. Devin Kennedy.
Top newcomers: So. Darius Carter; So. Jon Hall; So. Bradley Anderson; So. Bilal Marlowe; Jr. Alan Courtney.
Outlook: The Knights have a young nucleus with the additions from last year’s JV team. Courtney has shown promise on both ends and will contribute. Kennedy led the team in scoring last year.
Coach: Jonathan Parker
Last year: 6–17 overall, 2–8 in Northern Neck District.
Top returners: Jr. G Montie Gould; Jr. G Keane Foster.
Top newcomers: Sr. F Ethan Harbin; Jr. F Shamar Shanks; Sr. F Parrish Muse; Sr. G Jaquan Lancaster.
Outlook: The three senior newcomers will add a lot to the team, especially in terms of quickness and agility. Gould was an all-district pick last year and is a three-year starter.
Coach: Don Cornell
Last year: 11–10 overall, 8–7 in ODACS
Top returners: Sr. SF Bryant Martin; Jr. G Brandon Martin; jr. F Luke Koudelka; Sr. C James Cochran.
Top newcomers: Jr. PG Michael Pickney; 8th F Zachary Williby.
Outlook: The Conquerors lost their front line and leading scorer to graduation. They’ll be a guard-oriented team this year.
Coach: Phillip Brown
Last year: 11–8 overall, 9–3 in Delaney Athletic Conference, DAC Division III tournament champions.
Top returners: Sr. F A.J. Topps, Sr. C Justin Safarik, Sr. C Brandon Atkins, Jr. G Nate McDermott, Soph. D Matt Vance.
Top newcomers: Sr. G Kevin Mustacchio, Jr. F Forest Wilson, 8th G Librado Anglero.
Outlook: The Falcons are coming off winning their first DAC championship and are deeper and more athletic than in the past according to Brown. The team lost two of its top players from last season, but Brown hopes the new additions will help his squad contend for the regular-season and tournament championships
Coach: Darren Berkley
Last year: 25–7 overall, DAC champions
Top returners: Sr. DeLante Victory; Sr. Aaron Alexander; Sr. Bryan Tucker; Sr. A.J. Addison; Sr. Cody Goode; Jared Steigerwald.
Top newcomers: Fr. G Daryl Myers; Sr. Jabary Bryant; Jr. Chris Cheatham; Kieon Robinson; Fr. Chris Lomax.
Outlook: The Eagles lost Seth Allen to graduation and two others to transfer, but still seven lettermen return from last year’s strong team. The Eagles’ returners are good, and they’ve added some talented newcomers, too.
Coach: Brian Wilson
Last year: 5–18 overall, 1–11 in Jefferson District.
Top returners: Sr. G Adam WIlliams; Sr. F Dakoda Lane.
Top newcomers: Jr. G/F Jacob Ward; Sr. G/F Jamel Robinson; Jr. G Chris Robinson; Jr. G Raquell Carter.
Outlook: The Lions focused on defense during the offseason and hope it will be an asset in what Wilson thinks will be a very strong Jefferson District.
WASHINGTON & LEE
Coach: George Hunter
Last year: 9–10 overall, 4–6 in Northern Neck District.
Top returners: Sr. G Kwame Gray.
Top newcomers: So. P Jeremy Turner; Jr. G Terrin Dickerson.
Outlook: The Eagles return just one starter and two players total from last year. They’ve been active during the offseason, though, and Hunter thinks they can still be competitive.