Originally created 11/28/02

Independent Schools boys prep basketball capsules



AUGUSTA CHRISTIAN

COACH: Andrew Bryan, second year

2001 RECORD: 23-5

RETURNING STARTERS: G Jordan Belcher (Sr., 6-0, 185); F Scott Bodder (Sr., 6-6, 190); G Brandon Kimm (Sr., 6-0, 150)

OUTLOOK: With four seniors returning, Bryan and the Lions are poised to return to the playoffs. The team lacks experience at some positions, but has the size and speed to contend.

AUGUSTA PREP

COACH: Kevin Furtado, first year

2001 RECORD: 7-17

RETURNING STARTERS: G/F Patrick Welch (Jr., 6-1, 175); C Kyle Arrington (Sr., 6-5, 185)

OUTLOOK: The team lacks size with the departure of Sam Nicholson, Jim Bennett and Peter Rivner. Augusta Prep's ability to shoot 3-pointers and apply pressure defense will help it improve despite a new system.

BRENTWOOD

COACH: Chandler Dennard, fourth year

2001 RECORD: 18-12

RETURNING STARTERS: G Brad Jolley (Sr., 6-0, 175); G Jamie Dickey (Jr., 6-2, 165)

OUTLOOK: Brentwood moves from Region 4-AAA to Region 1-AA. Dennard has two of the region's top guards returning which will offset the team's lack of experience and depth.

BRIARWOOD

COACH: Clayton Parrish, seventh year

2001 RECORD: 13-14

RETURNING STARTERS: G Brandon Norman (5-9, 170), G Bob Wills (Jr., 6-0, 175); C Robert Pickrell (Sr., 6-8, 200), G Josh Gardner (5-11, 175), F Justin Calloway (Jr., 6-2, 225).

OUTLOOK: The strong guard play to help lead the team. The varsity experience and no key losses from last season will help them improve. Parrish's main obstacle will be the lack of depth.

CURTIS BAPTIST

COACH: Doug Wasden, third year

2001 RECORD: 9-17

RETURNING STARTERS: G Clay Owens (Sr., 6-1); G Jordan Rhoades (Sr., 6-0); G Matthew Todd (Jr., 6-2); P Alex Roberson (Jr., 6-3)

OUTLOOK: The Crusaders will have to be more consistent this year if they are going to contend. The team's mindset is focused on making the playoffs.

EDMUND BURKE

COACH: Brent Cribb, third year

2001 RECORD: 12-13

RETURNING STARTERS: G Eric Kittrell (So.); P Nathan Hitchcock (Sr.)

OUTLOOK: Cribb will have a tough time replacing Rocky Yelton, Ben Joiner and Hugh Rockwell. The team's quickness and aggressiveness might not be enough to overcome its lack of experience.

JOHN HANCOCK

COACH: Bob Peck, fifth year

2001 RECORD: 3-21

RETURNING STARTERS: SF Brandon Mathis (Sr., 6-3); SG Eric Barnes (Jr., 5-7); PF Jimmy Griffin (Jr., 5-10)

OUTLOOK: The school's leading scorer (Mathis) and leading rebounder (Griffin) are the backbone to the team. Outside shooting is a plus, but their overall defense is full of questions.

THOMAS JEFFERSON

COACH: Jason Carter, third year

2001 RECORD: 7-13

RETURNING STARTERS: G Drew Battle (Sr., 6-1, 180)

OUTLOOK: Battle is the lone senior on a young and unexperienced team that will have a hard time replacing Stephen Skinner and his 16 points per game.

WARDLAW

COACH: Dennis Gibson, sixth year

2001 RECORD: 24-7

RETURNING STARTERS: G Tyler Lyons (Sr., 5-8); G Trevor Lyons (So., 5-8); F Will Bryan (Sr., 6-2); F Craig Engle (Jr., 6-2)

OUTLOOK: The loss of Ryan Blanks, last year's leading scorer and team MVP, is a blow. However, Wardlaw does return some experience and a lot of passion to win.

WESTMINSTER

COACH: Mark Tebbs, 11th year

2001 RECORD: 20-10

RETURNING STARTERS: G Andrew Tyson (Sr., 5-8, 160); G Kevin Curry (So., 6-0, 175); C Joe Morris (Sr., 6-7, 220)

OUTLOOK: Morris has to be a force in the center to make up for the absence of Derek Curry and Bennett Ford, both of whom graduated. The Wildcats have a solid shooting game, but their bench remains a question mark.