1A Preseason Preview

1A Preseason Preview

1-1A

Division Breakdown:

Biggersville looks god as the favorite in this division. Jumpertown will be under new leadership this year in Coach David Mason so I can see them being a contender. Thrasher has a little bit of experience and size to be a contender. Wheeler is coming off several great years and will still have the best player in the division leading the way with Jalon Beene. Pine Grove lost several key pieces and will be in rebuild mode. Blue Mountain will look to gain momentum from a very young team last year.

Biggersville Lions

Coach Cliff Little

21-10,  #116 in MS, #8 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Laquonn “Quonn” Crump-Mayes 6-2 ’19 G/F

Hunter Stacy 6-3 ’20 G

Qua Davis 6-2 ’19 F

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Blue Mountain Cougars

Coach Joe Dan Roberts

0-21, #294 in MS, #44 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jacob Cagle 5-7 ’19 G

Wendell Cox 6-0 ’19 F

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Jumpertown Cardinals

Coach David Mason

8-19, #265 in MS, #37 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Dylan Davis 6-0 ’19 G

Austin Geno 6-0 ’19 G

Vincent Gillespie 6-3 ’19 C

Skylar Johnson 5-10 ’20 G

Upcoming Players:

Matthew Beene 5-9 ’22 G

Must See Players:

Pine Grove Panthers

Coach Jake Walker

15-16, #207 in MS, #20 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Scott Smithey 5-9 ’19 G

Mason Bullock 5-10 ’20 G

John Bullock 5-9 ’21 G

Austin Gates 5-11 ’19 G

Carson Rowland 5-9 ’22 G

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Thrasher Rebels

Coach Jason Allen

8-17,  #273 in MS, #39 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jaymen Allen 6-4 ’19 F/C

EJ Haley 5-8 ’20 G

Corvallis Evans 6-0 ’20 G

Corey Hatch 5-11 ’21 G

Rasheed Shinault 6-1 ’19 G

Truth Brown 6-4 ’21 C

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Wheeler Eagles

Coach Mitch Howell

30-3, #65 in MS, #4 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jalon Beene 5-11 ’19 G/F

Jacob James 6-0 ’20 G/F

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2-1A

Division Breakdown:

Ashland has dominated this division for several years and will be very solid again this year but they will not be able to dominate like in years past. Potts Camp has a chance to take the top spot with possibly the tallest 1A lineup in the state. Falkner will be starting very young players but they will all be two and three year starters. Look out for them in the coming years. Byers is quick, athletic and will battle to the end. Myrtle will start younger guys too and they have a chance to be really good in a few years. West Union has a very solid starting lineup with added depth. Hickory Flat plays with solid grit and toughness and can’t be counted out any night. This division is very tough and deep.

Ashland Blue Devils

Coach Michael Cathey

23-12,  #83 in MS, #5 in 1A last season

Key Players:

AJ Tucker 6-2 ’20 PG

Erik Bell 5-10 ’19 SG

Tavionne Stigger 6-2 ’19 SF

Darrius Scales 6-4 ’19 C

Zavion Knox 6-1 ’19 G/F

Emit Bell 5-9 ’21 PG

Tacarius Anthony 6-3 ’19 C

Tyreke Morgan 5-9 ’19 PG

Upcoming Players:

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Byers Lions

Coach Kevin Jones

11-11, #198 in MS, #19 in 1A last season

Key Players:

KaDerious Ryan 5-10 ’20 G

Devin Moore 6-2 ’22

Julian Moore 5-9 ’20 G

Malik Glover 5-11 ’21 G

Kendrick Stephens 5-11 ’20 F

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Falkner Eagles

Coach Austin Hopper

3-24, #288 in MS, #43 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Cameron Smith 6-5 ’21 F

Chauncey Jackson 6-2 ’20 F

Cade Wilder 6-3 ’20 G/F

Upcoming Players:

Brooks Brand 5-10 ’22 PG

Rodrigo Ruedas 5-9 ’23 G

Must See Players:

Cameron Smith 6-5 ’21 F

Chauncey Jackson 6-2 ’20 F

Hickory Flat Rebels

Coach Brent Kuhl

4-22, #279 in MS, #40 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Drew Wilson 5-7 ’22 G

Wesley Green 5-10 ’20 G

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Myrtle Hawks

Coach Rob Browning

8-21,  #250 in MS, #32 in 1A last season

Key Players:

A.I. Nugent 5-9 ’21 G/F

Elijah Ingram 5-6 ’20 G

Elijah Thompson 5-9 ’21 G

Jaden Taylor 5-8 ’22 G

Aloishis Smith 5-8 ’19 G

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Potts Camp Cardinals

Coach Jeremy Dillard

15-15, #209 in MS, #21 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Kylan Conners ’19 G/F

Shun Gardner ’19 F/C

Kedavian Faulkner 5-6 ’20 G

Martavious Frost 6-5 ’20 G/F

Walter Hamilton 6-7 ’20 F/C

JaQuives “Nuk” Muse ’20 G

Mitchell Saulsberry 6-5 ’21 F

Upcoming Players:

Ryan Baldwin ’20 F

Tebarius “T.J.” Jackson ’21 G

Joshua Blake ’22 F

Landon Houston ’22 G/F

Tay Martin ’22 G

Must See Players:

Mitchell Saulsberry 6-5 ’21 F

Martavious Frost 6-5 ’20 G/F

Walter Hamilton 6-7 ’20 F/C

Kylan Conners ’19 G/F

West Union Eagles

Coach Timbo Henderson

15-20, #215 in MS, #23 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Cole Phillips 5-11 ’19 G

Luke Willard 6-2 ’20 G/F

Ryder Willard 6-0 ’19 G/F

Wil Bunch 6-7 ’19 C

Sam Callicutt 5-10 ’20 G

Jerod McDonald 6-3 ’20 G/F

Caleb Graves 6-0 ’21 G

Boo Robertson 5-9 ’20 G

Braden Willard 6-0 ’20 F

Upcoming Players:

Luke Willard 6-2 ’20 G/F

Caleb Graves 6-0 ’21 G

Must See Players:

Cole Phillips 5-11 ’19 G

3-1A

Division Breakdown:

I saw Brooks play during the summer and they were a very good looking team. Shaw and Simmons always put out athletic teams so they have a chance at being strong at the end of the season. Coldwater has a very good young player and they will be developing this year.

Brooks Tigers

Coach DeMarcus McKinley

15-11,  #123 in MS, #9 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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Coldwater Cougars

Coach Garrick Smith

0-18,  #286 in MS, did not play in a division last season

Key Players:

Carlous Robinson 5-8 ’22 G

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Shaw Hawks

Coach Anthony Davis

9-17, #183 in MS, #17 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jamarion Walker 6-3 ’20 G/F

Shammodd Strickland 5-11 ’19 PG

Upcoming Players:

Demerious Newson 6-0 ’20 PG

Orlando Truss 5-9 ’21 G

Jelani Jackson 6-2 ’21 G

Montrelli Finley II 6-1 ’20

Must See Players:

Jamarion Walker 6-3 ’20 G/F

Simmons Blue Devils

Coach Carl Lucas

12-14, #138 in MS, #11 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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4-1A

Division Breakdown:

Okolona will not be as strong as they were last year but will still be the favorites to take the division title. Houlka will be without Coach Jimmy Guy McDonald on the sidelines but are in good hands with Coach Seth Burt taking over. They will be a very solid team this year. Coach Nick Coln and his Smithville Seminoles will not put a senior on the court but returns the major core of his team. They are on the way up with the rebuild process. Tremont looks to take full advantage of a talented exchange student so he could help them be the wildcard in the division. TCPS will be a hard playing team again this season.

Houlka Wildcats

Coach Seth Burt

26-7,  #40 in MS, #2 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Da’Shun Berry 6-0 ’20 G

Jay Simon 6-1 ’19 G

Don Latham 6-1 ’19 F

JJ Tittle 6-1 ’20 F

Upcoming Players:

Tarquavious Jackson 6-0 ’22 F

Nathan Haley 6-5 ’20 C

Brandon Pulliam 6-3 ’23 F

Jarell Hamilton 5-10 ’23 G

Must See Players:

Da’Shun Berry 6-0 ’20 G

Defending 1A State Champions

Okolona Chieftains

Coach Arteria Clifton

31-2, #8 in MS, #1 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jacorrius “Tudy” Stanfield 5-11 ’19 PG

Jamal Moore 6-5 ’19 G

Jalan McFarland 6-4 ’19

Dontavious Doss 5-10 ’20

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Smithville Seminoles

Coach Nick Coln

6-22, #259 in MS, #34 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Khirei Standifer 5-9 ’21 PG

Brian Coxey 5-11 ’20 SG

Octavion Miller 6-2 ’20 G

Jamarcus Walton 6-3 ’20 F

Blake Williams 6-0 ’21 F

Mason Blair 6-0 ’20 G

Aden Casey 5-9 ’21 G

Chandlor Woodham 6-1 ’22 F

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Tremont Eagles

Coach Brady Ramey

12-19, #232 in MS, #26 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jesse Sartin 5-6 ’20 PG

Manuel Prates 6-4 ’20 G

Hunter Spearman 6-1 ’19 F

Grant Stephenson 6-2 ’20 F

Cody Rogers 5-9 ’20 G

Upcoming Players:

Chase Parker 6-1 ’21 G

Tyler Whitaker 6-4 ’22 F

Must See Players:

Konner Sartin 5-6 ’21 G

Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles

Coach Jason Harrison

9-18,  #256 in MS, #33 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Parks Harrison 6-0 ’19 SG

Kellen Harrison 6-2 ’19 F

Jackson Mills 6-0 ’20 G/F

Upcoming Players:

Chip Barber 5-9 ’23 SG

Must See Players:

5-1A

Division Breakdown:

This division is all up for grabs and could be a complete surprise.

Coffeeville Pirates

Coach Willie Mays

22-11,  #105 in MS, #6 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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Ethel Tigers

Coach Corey Parish

7-14, #245 in MS, #30 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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French Camp Academy Panthers

Coach Robert Leathers

1-13, #280 in MS, #41 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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McAdams Bulldogs

Coach Carl Hathorn

13-16, #182 in MS, #16 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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6-1A

Division Breakdown:

West Lowndes has a little bit of size and could be the favorite here. Hamilton will have some added depth this year so we will have to see who emerges from the pack to help lead them. Nanih Waiya and Noxapter were both solid teams last year and should be the same this year too. Vardaman will be looking for help from some younger guys this season.

Hamilton Lions

Coach Drew Garvin

7-15,  #262 in MS, #35 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Info coming soon

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Nanih Waiya Warriors

Coach Jason Morgan

8-21, #264 in MS, #36 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jordan Higginbotham 6-4 ’19 PF

Ethan Dailey 5-10 ’21 G

Jaynus Williams 6-5 ’19 C

Rodney Welch 5-10 ’19 G/F

Trey McMullan 5-11 ’21 PG

Izaiaha Nicholson 6-1 ’21 F/C

Tyquan McCully 5-10 ’21 SF

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Noxapater Tigers

Coach Jerrick Porter

12-9, #194 in MS, #18 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Claderakas Carter ’22 G

Ryan Whitfield 5-10 ’20 F

Daniel Kelly 5-10 ’22 G

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Vardaman Rams

Coach Tim Vaughan

9-18, #266 in MS, #38 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Brittan Bailey 6-1 ’21 G

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West Lowndes Panthers

Coach Nick Christy

10-12,  #137 in MS, #10 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Dalen Rogers 6-4 ’19 G/F

Jherquaveus Sanders 6-3 ’20 G

Jalen Brewer 6-3 ’19 F

Dekylan Malone 5-10 ’19 PG

Upcoming Players:

Darrel Brooks 5-11 ’23 PG

Must See Players:

Dalen Rogers 6-4 ’19 G/F

7-1A

Division Breakdown:

This division has two very solid teams in it. Leake County will be favored to make a run at the gold ball and Stringer will be a very nice team this year. MS School for the Deaf will be a very competitive team this year and will be much improved.

Leake County Gators

Coach Rod Taylor

20-10,  #107 in MS, #7 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Jamarie Weathers 6-1 ’19 SG

Jaylon Giles 6-2 ’19 SF

JaMichael Banks 6-0 ’20 SG

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Mississippi School for the Deaf Bulldogs

Coach Sekoe White

11-10, #246 in MS, #31 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Kenmarkis Meeks 6-3 ’19 SG

Nathan Howard 6-0 ’21 PG

Mark Campbell 5-7 ’19 PG

Alex Jones 6-2 ’20 PF

Da’Mon Porter 5-7 ’20 SG

Joshua Mitchell 5-8 ’22 SG

DeVoris Meeks 5-11 ’21 SF

Fred Nelson 6-0 ’19 PF

James Wilson 5-9 ’20 SG

Lucas Pierce 5-9 ’21 SF

Cory Cooper 6-5 ’20 C

T’Angelo Miller ’20

Anthony Smith ’20

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Mount Olive Pirates

Coach Eric Gordon

10-13, #228 in MS, #25 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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Piney Woods Tornadoes

Coach James Turner

5-12, #235 in MS, #27 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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Sebastopol Bobcats

Coach Greg McGarrity

9-9,  #219 in MS, #24 in 1A last season

Key Players:

No info provided by the Coach

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Stringer Red Devils

Coach Brandon Jennings

19-11, #164 in MS, #13 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Keyshawn Dease 6-3 ’19

Anthony Thomas 5-10 ’19

Tate McNeil 6-2 ’19

Jared Cullum 6-2 ’19

Landon Elkins 6-0 ’19

Omarion Bridges 5-10 ’21

Carson Stringer 6-1 ’19

Gavin Goldman 5-10 ’19

Upcoming Players:

Omarion Bridges 5-10 ’21

Reeve King 6-0 ’22

Must See Players:

Keyshawn Dease 6-3 ’19

8-1A

Division Breakdown:

East Marion will be this years version of Okolona. They have serious size and are very skilled. Salem hosts the division tournament so that will be a big plus. Sacred Heart, Resurrection and Lumberton will all have younger guys this year so they will be ones to keep eyes on as they develop.

East Marion Eagles

Coach Calvin Brown

23-4,  #64 in MS, #3 in 1A last season

Key Players:

John Rawls 6-8 ’19 F/C

Flenard McLin II 5-11 ’19 G

Devin Daniels 5-8 ’19 G

Upcoming Players:

Vashon Sims 6-3 ’21 G

Caleb Rawls 6-5 ’21 G/F

Must See Players:

C.J. Myers 5-3 ’20 G

Lumberton Panthers

Coach Toriano Edwards

11-13, #239 in MS, #29 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Daylan Young 6-1 ’19 G/F

Upcoming Players:

Must See Players:

Shavonte Toney 6-2 ’22 G/F

Tyler Bush 5-10 ’21 G

Resurrection Catholic Eagles

Coach Andrew Pickens

5-13, #285 in MS, #42 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Upcoming Players:

Andrew Pickens 6-0 ’23 G

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Sacred Heart Crusaders

Coach Caleb Vaughan

13-15, #237 in MS, #28 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Zach Weatherell 6-2 ’19

Judson Treganowen 5-8 ’20

Luke Hicks 5-9 ’20

Ethan Mistich 6-3 ’21

Caleb Cawthon 6-2 ’21

John McKee 5-10 ’21

Luke Wiest 6-1 ’22

CJ Bryant 5-10 ’22

Zion Booth 6-1 ’22

Upcoming Players:

Mason Beverly 5-2 ’23

Jude Bishop 5-10 ’23

Gavin Mistich 6-1 ’23

Must See Players:

Salem Wildcats

Coach Randy Laird

0-24,  #300 in MS, #45 in 1A last season

Key Players:

Dequarrious Redmond 6-2 ’19

Hunter Willett 6-5 ’19

Jaden Cowart 6-1 ’22

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