6A Preseason Preview

1-6A

Desoto Central Jaguars

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 46

Players to watch for:

Trae Burcham 6-0 2017 SG

Jaylen “Jay” Bates 6-4 2018 G/F

Kyler Carter 5-8 2018 PG

Anthony “AJ” Hassell 2018 G

Justin Kearney 5-11 2018 SG

Future players to watch for:

Simmie Jones III 2019 G

Kamren James 6-2 2019 SG

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Myrtle Jamboree

November 5 Quistor Classic @ Olive Branch

November 8 Hound Dog Classic @ Tupelo

November 19 Jack Flynn Classic @ Horn Lake

December 17 BIGG Christmas Classic @ Biggersville

December 19-20 Ingomar Tournament

December 27-29 Bartlett Stagecoach Shootout

What to look for this year:

Coach Bentley will take over the Jaguars this season after being an assistant there for several years. From what I’m hearing, the Jaguars will be a hard team to deal with this season. Bringing leadership will be sharpshooter 6-0 2017 SG Trae Burcham. 6-4 2018 G/F Jay Bates is long and athletic with a mid range game. Bates will also provide great defense and he crashes the boards on both ends. 5-8 2018 PG Kyler Carter will control the tempo and is a very tough player. Others contributing will be 2018 G AJ Hassell and 5-11 2018 SG Justin Kearney. Coach Bentley said, ” We are excited and ready to play somebody other than ourselves.” The Jaguars have a lot of athletic pieces from top to bottom and Coach Bentley described his team as being very versatile. Watch out for Desoto Central to make a run in the playoffs this season.

Horn Lake Eagles

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 34

Players to watch for:

Jitaurious Gordon 6-1 2017 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Corinth CLassic

November 7 Olive Branch Classic

November 19 Jack Flynn Classic @ Horn Lake

November 22 vs Ingomar @ Oxford

November 26 Ridgeway TN Shootout

December 3 Doc Vandiver Classic @ Baldwyn

December 29-30 Fayette Ware TN Christmas Tournament

What to look for this year:

Coach Harris will look to develop a bunch of new faces this season. He will rely heavily on rising D1 prospect Jitaurious Gordon to carry the load. Gordon lead the team last year scoring 26 ppg. The lightning quick guard will look for his stock to rise even more this season. The Eagles will have a chance to make some noise if the new faces can gel around Gordon.

Olive Branch Conquistadors

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 31

Players to watch for:

D.J. Jeffries 6-8 2019 G/F  ESPN 2019 #4

Cameron Matthews 6-5 2020 G/F

Calvin Temple 5-10 2019 G

Joee Cooper 5-10 2019 G

Josh Stevenson 6-2 2019 G/F

Shamar Brown 6-5 2019 C

Kelvin Allen 6-0 2018 G

Cam Pleas 5-10 2017 G

Wes Taylor 5-9 2020 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Conquistador Classic @ Olive Branch

November 7 Conquistador Classic @ Olive Branch

November 19 Jack Flynn Classic @ Horn Lake

December 3 Border Battle @ Little Rock AR

December 9-10 O Town Showdown @ Oxford

December 19-22 Briarcrest TN Tournament

December 29-30 Fayette Ware TN Christmas Classic

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

January 28 Hot Bed Classic @ New Albany

What to look for this year:

Coach Rombaugh will have one of the youngest teams in the state but could also possibly have the most talented team in the state. With 7 or his top 9 players being freshmen and sophomores, he will let 2019 forward D.J. Jeffries lead the way. Jeffries comes into the season being the most heralded prospect since Malik Newman. D.J. has offers on the table from Alabama, Ole Miss, MS State, Texas A&M and even blue blood Kentucky. They were one possession away from making the trip to Jackson last season. 5-10 2017 G Cam Pleas and 6-0 2018 G Kelvin Allen will be the elder players. 5-10 2019 G Calvin Temple is receiving D1 offers. the 2019’s that will make impacts are 5-10 2019 G Joee Cooper, 6-2 2019 G/F Josh Stevenson and returning starter, 6-5 2019 C Shamar Brown. Watch for 6-5 2020 G/F Cameron Matthews and 5-9 2020 G Wes Taylor to develop as the season goes along. Expect OB to be a force in 6A this year with the young guys being battle tested by a really tough schedule.

Southaven Chargers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 20

Players to watch for:

Tawayne Lockett 6-1 2017

Tyler Hill 6-0 2017 SG

TJ Martin 5-10 2018 G

Rashe France 6-4 2018 F/C

James Richards 5-10 2019 PG

Tournaments, classics and events:

December 17 BIGG Christmas Classic @ Biggersville

What to look for this year:

The Chargers have one returning starter coming back from last years team. That will be 6-1 2017 Tawayne Lockett. The athletic rebounder and defender will return to lead Southaven. He can also score from mid range and finish around the rim. 6-0 2017 SG Tyler Hill will provide a shooting spark and defensive presence. 5-10 2018 G TJ Martin can run the point and shoot outside. 6-4 2018 F/C Rashe France has an inside and outside presence. With some quality minutes he has the tools to really contribute. 5-10 2019 PG James Richards is an excellent passer that can get to the rim and finish around the basket. Coach Wilson, in his first year at Southaven, thinks his team needs to get some games under their belts. He said, “Our upside is good if we can gel and learn to play together.”

2-6A

Columbus Falcons

Defending 6A Champs

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 1

Players to watch for:

Robert Woodard II 6-6 2018 G/F

7-0 wingspan

Denijay Harris 6-6 2018 F

Jaboriss Frazier 6-6 2017 F

Jonte Williams 6-6 2017 F

Dorian Brewer 5-11 2017 G

Greg King 6-1 2019 G

Cadarius Williams 5-9 2019 PG

Future players to watch for:

Jamarcus Moore 6-4 2019 F

Tahj McCreary 6-1 2019 G

Tyran Johnson 6-1 2019 PG

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Tiger Land  Classic @ Canton

Orsmond Jordan Showcase

November 25 Lighthouse Classic vs Southwind TN @ Corinth

November 26 Lighthouse Classic vs Spain Park AL @ Corinth

December 16-17 Joe Horne Christmas Classic @ Columbus

Mustang Madness @ Paducah KY

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

What to look for this year:

It is no secret that the Falcons lost almost the entire team after winning the 6A title. One that was not lost was that Woodard guy. 6-6 2018 G/F Robert Woodard II returns but he returns completely different this year. He brings his 7-0 wingspan back looking like a beast. Woodard took the summer and developed his strength and conditioning. That has rocketed his recruiting and it should pay off with his new team. Woodard also has a few of his friends returning to Columbus after playing at other locations last season. 6-6 2017 F Jaboriss Frazier comes back and provides some intensity and added size. 5-11 2017 G Dorian Brewer comes with him and will contribute from the guard spot. 6-1 2019 G Greg King comes back from West Lowndes to provide added depth. 6-6 2018 F Denijay Harris will provide length and size. 6-6 2017 F Jonte Williams uses his length on the defensive end and will be a rebounding force. 5-9 2019 PG Cadarius Williams will be the hard nosed floor general for Coach Griffin. Coach Griffin explanied, “Our guys have worked extremely hard to prepare for the tough schedule ahead.” He will have his guys mentally focused and in great physical condition. Some how Columbus keeps growing trees, not as big as last year, but still trees. These guys will fit perfectly around a much improved Woodard. After some time growing together and playing a tough schedule, the Falcons could be another force to deal with.

Hernando Tigers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 74

Players to watch for:

Kelvin Cartwright 5-8 2017 PG

C.J. Maxwell 6-3 2017 SG

O.D. Wooten 6-2 2017

Caleb Napper 6-3 2017

Desean Bullock 6-1 2017

Future players to watch for:

Malick Wallace 2019

A.J. Jackson 2019

Derrell Pickens 2019 

Tournaments, classics and events:

December 27-28 Peggy Bain Memorial Tournament @ Alcorn Central

December 29-30 Lewisburg Christmas Tournament

What to look for this year:

Coach Cox will look to replace his top 4 scorers from last years team, losing 3 to graduation and 20 ppg scorer Eli Powell (2017) transferred to the Delta. Top returning guy will be 5-7 2017 PG Kelvin Cartwright. He will be joined in the lineup by fellow seniors 6-3 SG C.J. Maxwell, 6-2 O.D. Wooten, 6-3 Caleb Napper and 6-1 Desean Bullock. Also keep and eye for upcoming sophomores as they try and play their way into the lineup. The Tigers will develop the younger players and inexperienced guys over the season in hopes of making a run in the playoffs.

South Panola Tigers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 85

Players to watch for:

Kendricus “Dric” Carlton 6-2 2018 PG

Ketrell Key 2017 F

Future players to watch for:

Terrance Jackson 6-3 2018 G

Shaquille Jackson 6-4 2018 SF

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Ridgeland Classic

Cleveland Tournament

What to look for this year:

The Tigers will be lead by 6-2 2018 PG Dric Carlton. Carlton is a long guard that can finish around the rim and is very good on the defensive end. 2017 F Ketrell Key will contribute for South Panola. This will not be your South Panola team from years past. Coach Howard will have his guys playing an up tempo and fun offense. He said, “We will be a really fun team to watch this year and we will turn some heads.” His team will be small in size so they will rely on speed to play a full court press defense. Keep an eye on the Tigers to be a team that could surprise some teams this season.

Tupelo Golden Wave

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 3

Players to watch for:

Jaylon Copeland 6-2 2017 F

Tyjil Hereford 5-7 2017 PG

Nick Ratliff 6-1 2017 F

Kylan Hamilton 6-2 2017 G

Jett Johnson 6-3 2018 C

Future players to watch for:

Tahj Crump 6-3 2018

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Hound Dog Classic @ Tupelo

November 8 Hound Dog Classic @ Tupelo

December 3 Smithville Classic

December 17 All American Classic @ Tupelo

What to look for this year:

The Golden Wave will enter this season losing five key seniors from last years team. All five will be playing JUCO ball. Tupelo will be lacking depth this season but they will also be loaded with experience and a little more size and last years team. Coming back to help the Wave this season will be 6-2 2017 F Jaylon Copeland. Copeland will contribute heavy on both ends of the court. 5-7 2017 PG Tyjil Hereford will be back to run the point. The dynamic guard always showed up last season in the clutch. He always seemed to be the man down the stretch when the game was on the line. 6-1 2017 F Nick Ratliff will bang inside for the garbage points. 6-2 2017 G Kylan Hamilton will provide a great shooting touch from the outside. The Golden Wave will also get 6-3 2018 C Jett Johnson when their undefeated football team finishes a great run. Johnson is another garbage man that single handily one several games last season with timely offensive boards and put backs. The Golden Wave will be a team that gets up the court this season and they have the ability to play above the rim. Coach Norwood said, “Look forward to seeing a very skilled team that plays aggressive defense and runs the fast break as much as possible.”

3-6A

Callaway Chargers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 13

Players to watch for:

John Knight III 6-2 2017 G

Dequarius Crump 6-3 2017 G

Deonte Spencer 6-7 2018 F

Ahmad Anthony 6-4 2018 G

Lorenzo Williams 6-7 2017 F

Cuwantric Samuel 6-2 2020 G

Devante Horton-Williams 6-2 2017 G

Marshaun Watkins 6-1 2017 G

James Williams 6-6 2018 C

Marcus O’Neal 6-4 2017 G

Curtis Wheat 6-0 2019 G

John Crumley 6-6 2020 C

Malik Ransom 6-4 2020 F

Future players to watch for:

Cuwantric Samuel 6-2 2020 G

John Crumley 6-6 2020 C

Larry Holmes 5-9  2020 G

Malik Ransom 6-4 2020 F

Kenard Bowie 6-3 G

Dylan Brown 5-9 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

January 28 Hot Bed Classic @ New Albany

What to look for this year:

The Chargers will have a bunch of new faces on the court this season. One of them is the leading scorer from Jim Hill last season, 6-2 2017 G John Knight III. As another Coach noted, Callaway will be just fine with Knight leading the way with all the other great pieces they have. Of course, Callaway will have plenty of length and size to run the court with. Coach Sanders also noted to keep an eye on his 2019 and 2020 class. This is a special group he has coming up that could see some time on the court this season as well. 6-3 2017 G Dequarius Crump and 6-4 2018 G Ahmad Anthony are great athletes that can spread the floor. 6-7 2018 F Deonta Spencer will cause havoc on both ends of the court. Look for Coach Sanders to have Callaway right in the thick of things as the season progresses.

Madison Central Jaguars

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 60

Players to watch for:

Javion Jordan 5-9 2017 G

J’Sean Pittman 2017

Michael Hammond 2018

Future players to watch for:

J.D. Hull 6-3 2018 G/F

Myles Hopson 6-2 2019 SF

Tyreek Hayes 6-5 2019 C

Sam Meadows 6-2 2019 F/C

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Ridgeland Classic

November 5 Ridgeland Classic

November 26-December 3 Madison County Tournament @ Ridgeland

December 28-30 Gulfport Christmas Classic

January 14 Coaches vs Cancer @ Laurel

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

What to look for this year:

Madison Central will be under the direction of a new Coach this season. Coach Speech comes in with a lot of talent and potential. Coach Speech said, “I have a senior ball club with depth in my sophomores.” The Jaguars will look to get leadership from 5-9 2017 G Javion Jordan, 2017 J’Sean Pittman and 2018 Michael Hammond. These three guys will be Madison Centrals key core but they will also get size and length from the younger guys when they return from football. 6-3 2018 G/F J.D. Hull can play all positions on the court and brings his hustle and scrappy play.6-2 2019 SF Myles Hopson can jump out of the gym. 6-5 2019 C Tyreek Hayes and 6-2 2019 F/C Sam Meadows will get valuable minutes this year as well. Expect the Jaguars to use a fast paced tempo with all their weapons and this could propel them into a playoff run.

Northwest Rankin Cougars

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 156

Players to watch for:

Willie Logan 6-5 2017 G

Leo Hartfield 6-0 2018 G

Devonte Moore 6-3 2018 G

Matthew Mackey 6-1 2020 G

Raeshaun Lawton 6-6 2017 F

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Germantown Classic

November 12 Quitman Shootout

November 28-Decmeber 2 Rankin County Tournament at Brandon High School

December 16 Ridgeland Shootout

December 26-27 Christmas Tournament

What to look for this year:

Northwest Rankin will be lead by 6-5 2017 G Willie Logan. Logan had 14 ppg last season. 6-0 2018 G Leo Hartfield really developed over the summer on both the offensive and defensive end. 6-3 2017 SG Devonte Moore will be looked at as the sharpshooter and is expected to knock some big shots down this season. 6-6 2017 F Raeshaun Lawton is their rebounder that can also stretch the floor and knock down the 3 ball. The Cougars will also go young this season and rely on a 2020 to step up and do big things. 6-1 G Matthew Mackey can score on different levels. He can score outside, finish strong at the rim and has the lost art of a mid-range game. Keep an eye on him to pick it up as this year goes along. Coach Bailey noted, “Hustle and heart will set us apart.”

Starkville Yellowjackets

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 4

Players to watch for:

Jesse Little 6-9 2017 F/C

Darrious Agnew 6-6 2017 F

Markedric Bell 6-6 2017 F

Tournaments, classics and events:

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

What to look for this year:

The state champ runner-ups will rely heavily on their size and length this season. Good thing for Coach Carter is that his size and length all have experience. Big Jesse Little will man all spots from the post to the wing. The heavily recruited 6-9 2017 F/C has the ability to stretch the floor and shoot outside when needed. This will open things up down low for fellow 6-6 seniors Darrious Agnew and Markedric Bell. Coach Carter will have the strong task of replacing his son, Tyson Carter of MS State, and Darrius Wilson at the guard spots. The Yellowjackets will grow throughout the season as the new guards progress and get some experience.

4-6A

Clinton Arrows

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 54

Players to watch for:

Galin Smith 6-9 2017 C

Rober “Smooth” Davis 6-3 2017 G

Jerez Porter 6-6 2017 G/F

Denzel McDuffey 6-3 2017 G

Harold McWade 6-2 2017 SG

Future players to watch for:

Xyshan Jenkins 6-2 2019 G

Kolby Moore 6-2 2019 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 26 Clinton Showcase

December 16 Ridgeland Shootout

December 29-31 Coca Cola Christmas Tournament @ Hattiesburg

January 28 Hot Bed Classic @ New Albany

What to look for this year:

The Clinton Arrows will have a chance to pull of a rare feat this season. As I write this, the football team is ranked #1 in the state according to MaxPreps and the basketball team has a chance to do the same. Coach Norton had a couple D1 guys to start with and then he was blessed with the transfer of 2 more top seniors in the state. 6-6 G/F Jerez Porter and 6-3 G Denzel McDuffey transferred in from Lanier. Porter will be able to step out and play wing with his great outside shooting ability. McDuffey will fill a guard spot and has the ability to hang his elbow in the rim on any given play. 6-3 Robert Davis will also fill a guard role and is getting looks from mid-range D1 schools. The “Smooth” guard can score with ease and does a great job at creating for others. Then there is the backboard breaking big man, 6-9 2017 Galin Smith. Galin is one of the top prospects in the state and should even be in national contention after he manhandled nationally ranked Alex Reese at the Hot Bed Classic last season in New Albany. Expect Galin to go high D1. All 4 of these previously mentioned seniors are ranked in the top 30 in the state according to MS Hoops Report. The most unselfish cog to the puzzle is 6-2 2017 G Harold McWade. McWade is a true pass-first guard that never garners any attention or credit for his teams success. Expect a couple sophomores to step in and produce as well. They are 6-2 G Xyshan Jenkins, who recently got Tubby Smiths attention, and 6-2 Kolby Moore. Coach Norton just hopes to keep everybody healthy and put the product on the court and sees what happens. His father once explained it to him best, “If you got the right horses, don’t tighten up the reins.”

Greenville Hornets

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 11

Players to watch for:

Danny Washington 5-10 2019 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 21-22 Gentry Thanksgiving Classic

December 26-27 Humphries County Tournament

January 14 MLK Jr Tournament

What to look for this year:

Coach Sprouse has the challenge of rebuilding a really good Greenville program. The Hornets graduated 9 seniors from a 25-6 program last season. Greenville will look for 5-10 2019 G Danny Washington to lead the way in the rebuilding process. Coach Sprouse will use his undersized team to help run and push the ball and play a very up-tempo game. Coach Sprouse stated, “Expect us to be in real good shape and we are going to play all out.”

Murrah Mustangs

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 17

Players to watch for:

Eric Thornton 6-2 2017 SG

Jonas James Jr 5-11 2017 G

Adam Wallace 6-5 2017 F

Future players to watch for:

Xavier Smith 6-4 2018 G

Patrick Wigley 5-9 2018 PG

Damian Dear 6-1 2018 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Mo Williams Tip Off Classic

December 16-17 Joe Horne Christmas Classic @ Columbus

MLK Classic

Rumble in the South @ MS College

What to look for this year:

The Mustangs will return two of the best seniors in the state. 6-2 2017 SG Eric Thornton used the summer to pick his recruiting up and should continue to rise this season. The high flying Thornton will also have his running mate back in 5-11 2017 G Jonas James Jr. James is a quick guard that is very mosquito like on defense, he just won’t leave you alone. Coach Fletcher, in his first season at Murrah, also expects for 6-5 2017 F Adam Wallace to have a breakout season. “Murrah will be defined by offense but defense is our priority.” described the former Forest Coach. Murrah and it’s returning seniors will have the added experience to make a run at the Big House this season.

Warren Central Vikings

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 98

Players to watch for:

Raleigh Floyd 6-3 2017 F/C

Shaun Walton 6-0 2017 G/F

Chavis Smith 6-0 2018 G

Jalen Allen 6-0 2018 G

Farmer Abendroth 6-4 C

Jalen Glass 6-2 2019

Walt Hopson 6-0 2018 G

Jessie Wilson 5-8 2017 PG

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Brandon Jamboree

November 26 Starkville Thanksgiving Classic

Ridgeland Tournament

JPS Holiday Tournament

Red Carpet Tournament

What to look for this year:

The Vikings will return 8 key players from last years team. That is some valuable added experience for Warren Central. Leading the charge will be 6-3 2017 F/C Raleigh Floyd and 6-0 2017 G/F Shaun Walton. Backing them up will be the experienced guard combo of 6-0 2018 G Chavis Smith and 6-0 2018 G Jalen Allen. 5-8 2017 PG Jessie Wilson, 6-0 2018 G Walt Hopson and 6-2 2019 Jalen Glass will provide depth. 6-4 C Farmer Abendroth will develop during the season to contribute down low. Coach Robinson is a basketball junkie just like I am and I know he will have these guys ready when the season goes along. You can also check out his site that covers high school boys basketball. 2DRimHoops.com

5-6A

Brandon Bulldogs

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 38

Players to watch for:

Lagarious White 5-9 2017 G

Fernanquez Williamson 6-2 2017 G

Kevin Taylor 6-4 2018 F

SchDarren Archie 6-2 2017 F

Jayveous McKinnis 6-5 2017 F/C

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Hinds CC Classic

November 25 Pearl River Classic

December 17 Ridgeland Classic

December 29 New Hope Classic

December 30 Rumble on the River @ ICC

What to look for this year:

Coach Barnes begins the season with a senior laden bunch. The Bulldogs will be lead by pg Lagarious White. Watch for 6-5 Sr F/C Jayveous McKinnis to have a breakout season according to Coach Barnes. Coach Barnes will also be eagerly awaiting the return of last years leading scorer, SchDarren Archie, when the football season is over. The 2015-16 team finished 20-11, expect this years team to make a huge push toward the Big House.

Meridian Wildcats

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 5

Players to watch for:

Ledarius Brewer 6-5 2017 G/F

Tyron “Ty” Brewer 6-6 2018 G

Miles Miller 6-2 2018 G

Jay Malone 5-10 2017 G

6-2 wingspan

Future players to watch for:

Vantrell Pringle 6-4 2019

Treymond Pittman 6-0 2019

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Holmes County Central Classic

November 26 Clinton Thanksgiving Tournament

December 28-30 Gulfport Christmas Classic

January 28 Bay Springs Shootout

What to look for this year:

The Wildcats will be one of the favorites this year behind the Brewer Brothers. 6-5 2017 G/F Ledarius “LA” Brewer and 6-6 2018 G/F Tyron “Ty” Brewer will provide plenty of punch this season as both are top players in the state. Meridian will also get out and run this season with strong guard play in the form of 6-1 2018 G Miles Miller and 5-10 2017 G Jay Malone. Coach Norman got to Meridian at the end of summer and said,”It really helps that these are well coached kids and it’s good that your best players are your best kids.” The Wildcats will play very hard this year like they have something to prove since they fell just short of the trophy last year.

Oak Grove Warriors

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 159

Players to watch for:

Charles Hartfield 6-1 2017 

Xavier Daniels 6-0 2017 G

Winceton Edwards 6-0 2017 G

Kevin Barnett 6-3 2019 F

Tate Ryder 5-9 2019 G

Zykevious Kennedy 5-10 2019 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Warrior Classic @ Oak Grove

November 26 Harrison Central Thanksgiving Tournament

December 19-20 Lamar County Tournament @ Purvis

December 29-30 West Jones Tournament

Booker Classic @ Moss Point

Chevron Classic @ Pascagoula

What to look for this year:

The Warriors go into this season with a mix of young and experienced talent. The experience will come in the form of 6-1 2017 Charles Hartfield and 6-0 2017 G Xavier Daniels. 6-0 2017 G Winceton Edwards returns to Oak Grove after a year at Lamar Christian. The younger talent will be 6-3 2019 F Kevin Barnett, 5-9 2019 G Tate Ryder and 5-10 2019 G Zykevious Kennedy. The Warriors lacked experience last season but they look to be a lot better this year. Coach Brumfield will use an up tempo and exciting offense that will be built and fueled on the defensive end. Coach Brumfield said, “It’s time to identify ourselves as a basketball program.” From what I’m hearing, he is on the way to make that happen.

Petal Panthers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 89

Players to watch for:

Tirus Smith 6-8 2017 F/C

Mykah Brown 6-1 2018 G

Treylan Smith 6-4 2020 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Petal Classic

December 29-31 Coca Cola Classic @ Hattiesburg

January 16 Rumble in the South @ MS College

What to look for this year:

Coach Henley has put together his toughest schedule to date in hopes of propelling his team to the next level, a division championship. The schedule will force his guys to compete at a high level and challenge them early and often. The 18 win team last season should be just as strong defensively with 6-8 2017 F/C high D1 prospect, Tirus Smith manning the post. Offensively, Smith will be helped out by younger brother, 6-4 2020 G Treylan, who played major varsity minutes last year in 8th grade. Petal also looks to get a scoring punch from 6-1 2018 G Mykah Brown. Keep an eye on the elder Smith’s recruiting to heat up as the season goes forward. Could this be the year that Petal makes that push to the next level? A really tough division will also help play a major role with the advancement down the road.

6-6A

Forest Hill Patriots

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 28

Players to watch for:

Athur Johnson 6-1 2017 G

Kenna Bryant 2018 G

Ken Evans 2019 G

Ladarius Marshall 6-6 2018 G/F

Darius Newson 2018 G

Future players to watch for:

Keondre Montgomery 2020 G/F

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 18-19 Orsmond Jordan Showcase @ Forest Hill

November 25 Lighthouse Classic vs Corinth @ Corinth

November 26 Lighthouse Classic vs Chalmette LA @ Corinth

December 26-28 JPS Pepsi Tournament

January 17 Lanier MLK Classic

January 28 Hot Bed Classic @ New Albany

What to look for this year:

Forest Hill returns to the court this season bringing with them an in your face pressure on the defensive side of the court. The guard filled team will be guided by 6-1 2017 G Arthur Johnson. High flying 6-6 2018 G/F Ladarius Marshall will provide an explosive scoring punch. 2018 guards Kenna Bryant and Darius Newson will produce valuable minutes on both ends of the court.Keep and eye out for 2019 G Ken Evans to get added minutes this year. Coach Currie expects his guys to have fun, play hard and play together this season. The Patriots will have an up tempo offense where the players can run, fly high and have fun as long as they are playing team basketball.

Jim Hill Tigers

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 73

Players to watch for:

Anthony Ratliff 6-4 2019 G/F

Stephon Jackson 5-7 2019 G

Jaylin Smith 5-7 2019 G

Robert Bridges 2019

Orlando Washington 2018

Queshod Bell 2019

Shadrick Bouldin 5-9 2019 G/F

Kevonte Martin 2019

Kendrick Graves 6-0 2017 G/F

Zachary Montgomery 6-2 2017 G/F

Kortland Jordan 6-0 2017 G/F

Makeel Staphne 2017

Anthony Wait 2017

Quindarius Gipson 6-3 2017 G/F

Keelen Martin 6-0 2017

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Murrah Jamboree

What to look for this year:

The Jim Hill Tigers could be a team that surprises a lot of people this year. Coach McGee will have a very deep and talented roster to work with. Leading Jim Hill will be 6-4 2019 G/F Anthony Ratliff and 5-7 2019 G Stephon Jackson. The sophomores will be the key to his team. Other 2019’s playing big minutes this year will be 5-7 2019 G Jaylin Smith, 2019 Robert Bridges, 2019 Queshod Bell, 5-9 2019 G/F Shadrick Bouldin and 2019 Kevonte Martin. Coming back with leadership and experience will be a big senior class. They consist of 6-0 2017 G/F Kendrick Graves, 6-2 2017 G/F Zachary Montgomery, 6-0 2017 G/F Kortland Jordan, 2017 Makeel Staphne, 2017 Anthony Wait, 6-3 2017 G/F Quindarius Gipson and 6-0 2017 Keelen Martin. 2018 Orlando Washington will provide added minutes. With this many weapons, Coach McGee will have a fun and fast paced offense. His defense will be described as a jackknife defense that no player will want to play against. Coach McGee explained about his defense, “It’s one that nobody wants to see and I hope nobody gets cut by it.” The Tigers will not have that much size but he expects them to be able to create breaks with defense and play above the rim with high flying offense. Once his sophomores get time on the court they will be a force to deal with. Will this season be the year Jim Hill has the breakout year.

Pearl Pirates

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 78

Players to watch for:

Davion Escoffery 5-11 2017 PG

Matt Owens 6-6 2017 C

Devin Carter 5-11 2018 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Brandon Jamboree

November 5 Pearl Tip-Off Classic

November 12 Quitman Shootout

November 22 Ridgeland Challenge

December 10 I55 Challenge @ North Panola

December 16 Titan Invitational @ Ridgeland

December 29-30 Pearl Christmas Classic

What to look for this year:

The Pirates will start the season with an inexperienced team due to graduation and transfers. After making it to the second round last year, the remaining players have are looking to prove themselves and make their own mark. Leading the way will be returning starters, 5-11 2017 PG Davion Escoffery and 6-6 2017 C Matt Owens. 5-11 2018 G Devin Carter will be expected to make a major contribution this season as well. Coach Moore will also get a Christmas present in the form of 6-2 2017 G/F R.J. Palmer. That is his expected time to return from injury. Coach Moore also stated that you can expect his team to play extremely hard and unselfish this season.

Terry Bulldogs

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 44

Players to watch for:

Datavian Porter 6-3 2017 G/F

Jimmy Burse 6-4 2017 F

KenTarri Taylor 5-11 2017 SG

Arturro Bingham 6-4 2018 F

6-8 wingspan

Reco Virgil 5-8 2018 G

Coryell Mack 5-7 2018 G

Future players to watch for:

Shaun McCool 5-11 2020 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Terry Bulldog Jamboree

November 5 Bulldog Classic @ Lanier

November 22 Lawrence County Thanksgiving Classic

November 26 MS Hoops Challenge @ Clinton

December 1-3 Crystal Springs Round Robin Tournament

December 26-28 JPS Pepsi Holiday Tournament

January 16 MLK Classic @ Lanier

What to look for this year:

The Terry Bulldogs return 10 of 12 players from a team that made it to the Big House last year. Coach Scott thinks his guys had a really good summer at the team camps against some really good competition. Due to the strong camps in the summer and an extra years worth of experience, look for these factors to prove good for the Bulldogs this season. They will be lead by 6-4 2018 F Arturro Bingham. His 6-8 wingspan helps on both ends of the court. Seniors that will provide for Terry this season are 6-3 2017 G/F Datavian Porter, 6-4 2017 F Jimmy Burse and 5-11 2017 SG KenTarri Taylor. 5-8 2018 G Reco Virgil and 5-7 2018 G Coryell Mack will contribute from the guard spots.

7-6A

D’Iberville Warriors

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 79

Players to watch for:

Kyle Winters 6-0 2017 G

Dillyn Neely 6-0 2017 G

LaZarius Ratcliff 6-1 2018 F

Shamond Hoye 5-9 2018 G

Clint Hawkins 6-2 2018 F/C

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 West Harrison Jamboree

November 5 Mike Perkins Super Saturday @ St. Martin

November 25 Pearl River CC Classic

December 29-30 Picayune Tournament

January 28 HoopFest @ Gulf Coast Coliseum

What to look for this year:

The Warriors will be under instruction of a new leader this season. Coach Odom takes over a squad with only two players that have ever started in a varsity contest. That’s no big deal for the Memphis native. He said, “We will work and play hard and expect for us to put a good product on the court.” Both of his returning starters happen to be sharpshooters, maybe the best shooters on the coast. 6-0 2017 G Kyle Winters and 6-0 2017 G Dillyn Neely return to light the nets up. Giving a helping hand to them will be 6-1 2018 F LaZarius Ratcliff, 5-9 2018 G Shamond Hoye and 6-2 2018 F/C Clint Hawkins. Hawkins plays biggger than his 6-2 frame. Ratcliff is also going to be a dark horse athlete to keep an eye on this season. Watch for D’Iberville to grow this season and develop under Coach Odom.

George County Rebels

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 81

Players to watch for:

Tyrese Fryfogle 6-2 2017

LaRaymond Spivery 6-0 2017 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 10-12 Perry Central Tournament

December 10 Melvin Booker Classic @ Moss Point

December 28-31 Vancleave Tournament

January 14 Chevron Classic @ Pascagoula

January 28 Hoopfest @ MS Coast

What to look for this year:

George County will look to build on a trip to Jackson last season. Coach Renfroe will have his Rebels ready for the task at hand. Watch for 6-2 2017 Tyrese Fryfogle and 6-0 2017 G LaRaymond Spivery to be a formidable duo to deal with when they get to the court after football season.

Ocean Springs Greyhounds

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 174

Players to watch for:

Malcolm Magee 6-0 2018 G

Jake Jones 6-5 2017 C

Jordan Brack 6-3 2017 G/F

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Mike Perkins Super Saturday @ St. Martin

November 21 Havoc at the Hub @ Ocean Springs

December 1-2 Forrest County AHS Tournament

December 28-30 Paul Wallace Classic @ Vancleave

January 14 Chevron Classic @ Pascagoula

What to look for this year:

The Greyhounds return six players from least years team that played significant minute. Among those, 6-0 2018 G Malcolm Magee will be one of the main ones to watch for. Magee avereaged 16 ppg last season. 6-3 2017 G/F Jordan Brack will provide additional contributions. 6-5 2017 C Jake Jones will defend the low block. Coach Noblitt, “Our offense looks much improved but defense will be the key to success in district play.”

St. Martin Yellowjackets

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 40

Players to watch for:

Da’Quan “DQ” Gaudin 6-4 2017 F

6-9 wingspan

Daetran Bivens 6-0 2017 G

Trez Kennedy 6-1 2018 PG

Tim Downs 5-8 2018 G

Jariyon Wilkens 6-1 2019 G

Jaronn Wilkens 6-1 2019 G

Roshaun Jones 6-2 2019 G

Tournaments, classics and events:

October 29 Biloxi Jamboree

November 5 Mike Perkins Super Saturday @ St. Martin

November 21-23 Joe Barlow Thanksgiving Invitational @ St. Martin

December 15-16 Jackie Laird Christmas Tournament

December 28-30 Gulfport Christmas Classic

January 16 MLK Shootout @ Biloxi

January 28 Hoopfest

What to look for this year:

St. Martin will be in a kind of rebuilding mode this season. Kind of. Coach Pavlus has built a program on the coast so it will be more like a retooling process at this point. The Yellowjackets will have a leader to follow. 6-4 2017 F Da’Quan DQ Gaudin will bring his 6-9 wingspan to the court. DQ is the perfect example of a leader. He does everything that most players don’t like to do. He guards the better players on the opposing team, he crashes boards on both ends and he doesn’t need to score to be happy. He is a perfect teammate. Joining Gaudin will be the 6-0 2017 G Daetran Bivens. Bivens could possibly be the best shooter on the coast. 6-1 2018 PG Trez Kennedy and 5-8 2018 G Tim Downs add to the guard spots. St. Martin sophomore class will be the retooling guys. 6-1 2019 G Jariyon Wilkens, 6-1 2019 G Jaronn Wilkens and 6-2 2019 G Roshaun Jones will gain valuable experience this season.

8-6A

Biloxi Indians

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 26

Players to watch for:

Fred Ramsey-Thompson 6-4 2017 F

Martell Turner 5-11 2017 G

Michael Burbridge 6-5 2017 C

D.Q. Proby 5-9 2017 PG

Ahmad Arrington 6-0 2017 PG

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Mike Perkins Super Saturday @ St. Martin

November 21-23 Joe Barlow Thanksgiving Tournament @ St. Martin

What to look for this year:

Biloxi will be lead by 9 seniors this season. The leading scorer returns, Fred Ramsay-Thompson. The college-ready swing man averaged 15 ppg last season for a 22-11 team that made the trip to Jackon. Martell Turner returns after averaging 10 ppg last season. The Indians will be lead by solid guard play in D.Q. Proby and Ahmad Arrington. 6-5 Michael Burbridge will man the post. Expect Coach Windham to have Biloxi in the thick of things this season.

Gulfport Admirals

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 27

Players to watch for:

Miles Daniel 5-10 2017 PG

Keevon Oney 6-3 2017 G

DeQuarius McCord 6-6 2018 G/F 

Tournaments, classics and events:

November 5 Mike Perkins Super Saturday @ St. Martin

November 21-23 Joe Barlow Thanksgiving Tournament @ St. Martin

Newman Invitational Tournament @ New Orleans LA

December 28-30 Gulfport Christmas Classic

What to look for this year:

Coach Miller has a big, athletic team this year. He looks to have a big year from senior guards Miles Daniels and Keevon Oney. Daniels will be his ultimate leader as he also lead all of 6A in assist last year. Coach Miller notes that Daniels can play on and off the ball. The Admirals are also expecting a big year from their best perimeter scorer, Oney. Gulfports leading rebounder from last year returns after only player in 18 minutes per game last season. That would be 6-6 2018 G/F DeQuarius McCord. McCord is a high level athlete that is long and quick with a big motor. Coach Miller expects to play him all over the court this season. Gulfport fell just shy of making a trip to Jackson last season but from what I’m hearing from Coaches around the South and the Coast, keep an eye out for them this year.

Hancock Hawks

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 82

What to look for this year:

Coach Moore lost a lot of senior leadership last season and will be looking to rebuild this season. The Hawks might be able to put the pieces together for a run at the playoffs.

Harrison Central Red Rebels

2015-16 MS MaxPreps rank: 75

Players to watch for:

Isaiah Steele 2017 F

Dayquan Perkins 2018 F 

Dajon Whitworth 2018 G

Josh Green 5-11 2018 G

Anthony Barnett 2017 G/F

Future players to watch for:

Marqueze Clay 2019 PG

Karson Wells 2019

Tournaments, classics and events:

Harrison Central Thanksgiving Shootout

December 28-30 Gulfport Christmas Classic

What to look for this year:

The Red Rebels enter the season under the leadership of 2017 F Isaiah Steele and 2017 G/F Anthony Barnett. 2018 F Dayquan Perkins and 2018 G Dajon Whitworth will combine to help produce valuable minutes for Harrison Central. 5-11 2018 G Josh Green transfers in from Gulfport to help Coach Hardy. Harrison Central had a very productive summer. Coach Hardy said, “I think the good summer will carry over into the season.”

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