BOYS BASKETBALL CAPSULES
BURKE COUNTY COACH: Purvis Dukes, second year
2002 RECORD: 9-15
RETURNING STARTERS: G Kevin Atwell (So., 5-10), F Danielle Baker (Sr., 6-4)
OUTLOOK: Only one senior returns, so don't look for big things from the Bears this season. But this might be a good opportunity to get some younger players in the game to prepare for next year and beyond.
COACH: Rob Johnson, 15th year
2002 RECORD: 24-6
RETURNING STARTERS: G Marcus Curry (Sr., 6-2, 175); G Ricky McGhee (Sr., 5-11, 175); F Scott Edwards (Sr., 6-6, 200); F Levert Carter (Sr., 6-5, 210); F Tyrese Harris (Jr., 6-3, 220)
OUTLOOK: The biggest speed-bump to another Region 3-AAAA title will be Statesboro. But the five returning starters all averaged in double figures last season. This is a team opponents won't want to face once the postseason begins.
COACH: Tracey Gamble, third year
2002 RECORD: 11-15
RETURNING STARTERS: F Jeff McReynolds (Sr., 6-4, 185); G/F Desmond Walters (Sr., 6-2, 185); C Jamal Butler (Jr., 6-7, 305)
OUTLOOK: The graduation of Dominique Lester, Jeremy Logan and Yarsin Scott - who combined to average 35 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and seven steals last year - will hurt. McReynolds, who put in 12 points and blocked two shots a game last year, will need to fill the scoring load. The Razorbacks will be hurt by a lack of depth.
COACH: Kevin Kenny, seventh year
2002 RECORD: 10-14
RETURNING STARTERS: G Josh Jennell (Sr., 5-10, 175), F Kenny Garnett (Sr., 6-0, 190), C Ricky Crawford (Sr., 6-6, 185), F Hank McCladdie (Jr., 6-5, 180)
OUTLOOK: A team loaded with experience - including 10 returning players - should help the Knights as they try to make their first playoff appearance since 1990. They're in a tough region, though, and even with good size and a strong defense, Evans will be in a struggle for every Region 7-AAAAA game.
COACH: Eric Herrick, first year
2002 RECORD: 0-24
RETURNING STARTERS: G Adam Chalker (Sr., 5-11, 170); C Aubrey Daniels (Sr., 6-2, 180)
OUTLOOK: The Panthers don't have much height or depth, but they have a good work ethic. Freshman Richard Johnson might have to start at point guard. It looks like it'll be another tough season for Glascock County, but it will improve on last year's record.
COACH: Richard Wallace, 14th year
2002 RECORD: 12-12
RETURNING STARTERS: None
OUTLOOK: After a one-year absence to help care for his sick wife, Wallace returns to find a lack of experience and a lack of size. Antonio Keller was a strong player on JV last season, but the Spartans likely will suffer through a rebuilding year.
COACH: Casey Dees, first year
2002 RECORD: 18-8
RETURNING STARTERS: G Eugene Rogers (Jr., 6-0, 160); F J.C. Jennings (Jr., 6-2, 225)
OUTLOOK: The loss of Eric Marshall - a freshman at Wofford who averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds and three assists last year - hurts the Wolfpack. Greenbrier will be young and aggressive, but a lack of experience will doom the Wolfpack.
COACH: Kim Chambers, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 8-18
RETURNING STARTERS: G Jon Rickerson (Jr., 5-10, 180); F Tim Camp (Sr., 6-2, 190)
OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs could struggle this season. Camp and Rickerson combined to average 13.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, and aside from them, the cupboard seems to be pretty bare. If Harlem wins 10 games this year, it'd be a good season.
COACH: Bob Klofenstine, third year
2002 RECORD: 15-11
RETURNING STARTERS: G Rent Sherrill (Sr., 6-0, 175)
OUTLOOK: The Rebels have had some success during the past few years, and they'll need that big-game experience to pay off for a young team this year. Arthur Thomas and his 24-point average will be missed, so look for Sherrell to become more of a scorer.
COACH: Bobby Daniels, second year
2002 RECORD: 14-12
RETURNING STARTERS: G Laquinton Morgan (Sr., 5-11, 175)
OUTLOOK: One of the most athletic squads in the area last year, the Warriors will suffer from the graduations of Terrance Lewis and Eddie Dixon. Jefferson County is looking at the No. 4 playoff seed out of Region 3-AAA.
COACH: James Ford, seventh year
2002 RECORD: 17-8
RETURNING STARTERS: F Josh Lake (Sr., 6-3, 195); F/G Chris Davis (Sr. 6-1, 210); PG Kendrick Tubie (So., 5-6, 180)
OUTLOOK: Guard speed will be the Eagles' biggest strength, but opponents can't forget about Lake. He was a second-team all-region selection and averaged 12 points per game. Look for Jenkins County possibly to make the Sweet 16.
COACH: Emmett Rouse, ninth year
2002 RECORD: 21-4
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Rashad Glover (Sr., 5-9, 160); F Najee Tolbert (Jr., 6-1, 170); F Joshua Adams (Jr., 6-0, 170); F Dominique Archie (Jr., 6-7, 190)
OUTLOOK: Last year's playoff finish was a disappointment when West Laurens knocked off the Eagles 64-62. Despite the absence of playmaker Travon McGruder, who graduated, Josey should be tough. Adams and Archie could become stars this season.
COACH: Richie Carnes, third year
2002 RECORD: 5-20
RETURNING STARTERS: G Philip Sadler (Sr., 5-8, 165); G Matt Scott (Sr., 6-2, 180), F Jeremy Van Valkenburgh (Sr., 5-11, 165), F Will Lavery (Sr., 6-1, 180), C Alex Bragg (Sr., 6-4, 210)
OUTLOOK: Scott is one of the top players in the area, and he'll need to match last year's 25-point, eight-rebound performance to help the Panthers compete for the postseason. This year, Lakeside should give him a stronger supporting cast. Potentially, the Panthers could be the most-improved team in the area.
COACH: Norman Bonner, 36th year
2002 RECORD: 16-11
RETURNING STARTERS: G Kennie Eberhart (Sr., 6-1, 175)
OUTLOOK: The Wildcats won't be very experienced, but they'll always have athleticism. This year, they also have height - Rico Hightower and Terrance Jackson are both 6-foot-5. Laney could make another deep run into the playoffs.
COACH: Levern Hickman, 14th year
2002 RECORD: 14-8
RETURNING STARTERS: F Josh Beard (Sr., 6-1); G Chris Crite (Sr., 5-11)
OUTLOOK: If the Red Devils football team goes deep into the playoffs, the basketball squad will get off to a slow start. Eventually, Lincoln County - with its quickness and experience - should make the postseason.
COACH: Steve Nobles, third year
2002 RECORD: 11-14
RETURNING STARTERS: F Jacob Ross (Sr., 6-3, 190); G Ibrahim Rashada (Sr., 5-11, 195); C Cody Mitchell (Sr., 6-3, 190); G Reshaun Jones (Sr., 5-10, 165); PG Jamie Quarles (Sr., 5-11, 160)
OUTLOOK: This team should be much better than last year's squad. Ross is an explosive scorer, and, with a year of experience on varsity, Quarles should improve as the team's point guard. Five starting seniors only will help matters.
COACH: Arthur Davis, third year
2002 RECORD: 9-13
RETURNING STARTERS: F John Triplett (Sr., 6-4, 175); PG Alex Scott (Sr., 5-7, 140); F Arthur Davis (Jr., 6-5, 275)
OUTLOOK: With the graduations of Ernest Dixon, Brian Roberts and Troy White, the Gamecocks lose 32 points of production. Without much height, Screven County will have to play a quick, up-tempo game. In a tough region, that might not help it make the postseason.
COACH: Leroy Jordan, 16th year
2002 RECORD: 23-5
RETURNING STARTERS: F Tavares Jones (Sr., 6-3, 230); F Darryl Byrd (Sr., 6-5, 200); G Justin Moore (Sr., 6-1, 165)
OUTLOOK: Coming off a state quarterfinals appearance last year, the Tigers are hungry to repeat as Region 2-AAA champs and to get back deep into the postseason. Jones is as good a player as you'll find in the area, and if Swainsboro can find a floor leader early, this could be a scary team.
COACH: Michael Thomas, 21th year
2002 RECORD: not available
RETURNING STARTERS: G Bookie Reese (Sr., 5-8); F Dantavious Lowe (Sr., 6-3), G Dan Ivey (Jr., 5-9), F Terry Hill (Jr., 6-3), C Rico Murray (Jr., 6-3)
OUTLOOK: Thomson should make a return trip to the playoffs. With Reese, who averaged 16 points per game last year, back in the starting rotation, the Bulldogs have reliability and experience. Don't be surprised to see them challenge Statesboro and Butler for the Region 3-AAAA crown.
COACH: Brian Wallace, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 19-6
RETURNING STARTERS: F Sherman Burnett (Sr., 6-2); G Brandon Moss (Sr., 5-11)
OUTLOOK: The three-time defending region champions lost solid players from last season - including Tavaras Tolbert, the team's top scorer and rebounder - but the Screaming Devils also are returning eight players with three years of varsity experience. Another region title is probable.
COACH: Rufus McDuffie, second year
2002 RECORD: 14-15
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Kevin Lawrence (Sr., 5-8, 140); F Chris Boss (Sr., 6-4, 210); G Justin Burden (Sr., 6-0, 180); G Marcus Ivey (Sr., 6-0, 145)
OUTLOOK: Aside from Boss, the Golden Hawks don't have much size. But that didn't stop them from making the second round of the playoffs last year. With good depth, Washington County could make a deep run into the playoffs.
COACH: Don Keiser, fourth year
2002 RECORD: 21-5
RETURNING STARTERS: PG Jamaal Binns (Sr., 5-10, 155); F Denorio Quinn (Jr., 6-4, 185); G Franchot Brown (Sr., 6-4, 190); F Tyrekus Bowman (Sr., 6-5, 185)
OUTLOOK: The Tigers should have gone further than the Sweet 16 last year, and this season, they'll get a chance to make up for it. They lost their five games last year by a total of 10 points. With some luck, Washington-Wilkes could contend for a state championship.
COACH: Marvin Fields, 15th year
2002 RECORD: 11-14
RETURNING STARTERS: G Eric Lambert (5-10, 160)
OUTLOOK: Brandon Satcher didn't just affect the football team when he transferred to North Augusta - he also hurt the basketball team. Lambert is the only returning starter, and with at least three tough teams in the region, the Patriots will have a tough time making the playoffs.
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