OTHER IHIGH SITES
Youth prevails in Tri-9
November 20, 2012Tri-Nine Conference
Heading into the season, there’s an experience gap among local boys’ basketball teams.
Some have it, some don’t.
Experience can only take you so far, but it will give some teams a leg up when the public-school season starts Monday.
(Last year’s overall record noted.)
Apex (26-4): T.J. Evans dropped 20.4 points per game as he led the Cougars to conference regular-season and tournament championships and the third round of the state playoffs.
Evans is one of two returning starters, joining T.J. Wells in the backcourt.
Green Hope (23-6): The Falcons will return senior John Mosser (14.2 ppg) and add transfer David Robertson. Robertson, a UNC-Asheville recruit, played at rival Panther Creek last year and averaged 17 points per game.
Queens University of Charlotte recruit Grant Rasmussen is a three-year starter at point guard.
Middle Creek (18-10): Senior Quinton Ray (12 ppg) is playing his fourth season on varsity, but he’s one of the few with experience.
Fred Iruafemi and Quinton Jackson will be relied on, as will sharpshooter Nate Otto.
Athens Drive (13-12): Almost all of last year’s playoff-bound team has graduated or transferred, but starter Jason West (6.4 ppg) returns for coach Robert Clemons’ club.
Holly Springs (13-13): Fresh off the first playoff appearance in school history, the Golden Hawks return four of their top six players from a year ago.
Deojunique Flippin and Donyell Lowe provide a strong frontcourt, while Craig McDaniel joins Anthanee Doyle (12.5 ppg) in the backcourt.
Panther Creek (11-13): It’s a return to the glory days for the Catamounts as the school’s first head coach, L.J. Hepp, is back on the sideline this year.
Hepp, who coached the program for its first three years, including a 28-3 season, inherits a few experienced players, including Tre David, Nubian Spann and Dorrel McClain.
Cary (8-16): The Imps return one starter in Elijah Bryant (6 ppg) and two others (Nick Ciampa, Henry Edmisten) who saw considerable action last year.
Lee County (4-21): Last year was surprising for the Yellow Jackets, but they return second-leading scorer Dewaun McEachin this year.
Fuquay-Varina (2-21): The Bengals used many players last year but most were seniors. Dedric Byrd, Devonte Lee and Jake Hartzell return.