Like Thanksgiving dinner leftovers families crave after the holiday, area boys basketball coaches appreciate a few talented leftovers themselves when they start a new season. Here's a look at who will back, and who will be new, on the basketball courts at Catonsville, Western Tech, Mount St. Joseph and Lansdowne for the 2013-14 season.
2012-2013 record: 5-17
Returning starters: Senior forward Teddy Crayton (6-feet, 2 inches), senior guard Christian Boxley (5-11).
Coach Matt Fannon’s quote: “We have the talent and we have the athletes to push for a winning season and maybe push for a county championship.”
Breakdown: For the first time in Fannon’s three seasons as head coach, he is thankful for height.
To go along with Crayton’s strong body, he can insert 6-4 junior bookends Antwan Pearson or Musa Wichhart, who were both promoted from the junior varsity.
They also welcomed the transfer of senior Adam Obanaga, who was at Catonsville as a sophomore, but played at Mount St. Joseph last season.
“I’ve got a tall front line,” said Fannon, who can also employ juniors Nathan Hines (6-5), Jake Bredeck (6-2) and Jeffrey Sewell (6-3).
Boxley, Daniel Carver (5-8) and Joey Getzendanner (5-10) are all returning varsity players in the backcourt.
Senior Jordan Harris (6-1) and juniors Brandon Johnson (5-11) and Lee Wolfe (5-11) add perimeter depth.
“The guys are really pumped this year,” Fannon said. “Last year, I didn’t think our record reflected how we played. We lost a lot of close games.”
Mount St. Joseph
2012-2013 record: 31-8
Returning starters: Senior forward Phil Booth (6-4), senior point guard Jaylen Adams (6-0), senior forward Kyle Doran (6-5).
Coach Pat Clatchey’s quote: “I think our strength is our backcourt experience and ability for guys to play different roles.”
Breakdown: The defending two-time Baltimore Catholic League tournament champions return four players who logged significant minutes last season and three of them have already committed to play college ball on the Division I level.
Booth (Villanova), Adams (Jacksonville) and Doran started last season and 6-foot-5 forward Jordan McNeil (Towson) was the sixth man and third leading scorer.
Look for all four to fill the void left by the graduation of Kameron Williams (Ohio State) and Charley Jones.
Booth was the Baltimore Catholic League’s Defensive Player of the Year and he averaged 16 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Gaels.