Their success starts with senior Jaden Martin, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard that enters the season as a three-year starter. Last year, Martin earned first-team All-County honors after scoring a team-high 14.5 points and grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game. River Hill will lean on Martin again this year, Graves said, but don’t expect him to carry the team.
“They know how to play together,” Graves said. “We have bigs, we have guards, we have facilitators, so it’s nice.”
The Hawks bring back guards Luke Champion and Jacob Krause, who combined to score 16 points per game last year but could both end up scoring in double digits as seniors. They also have a reliable three-point shooter in senior Josh Mann.
In the frontcourt, Graves will use 6-foot-6 senior Dylan Daniels (7.6 points per game) and Oj Okojie, who may be one of the lone underclassman contributors on a senior-laden squad.
“All of them have improved in their way of play,” Graves said, “and I think it’s going to boil down to all of them doing it together.”