By John Miller (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
As Brandon Kimbrough enters his second 12 months as head coach of the Central Bulldogs, his mission stays the identical: establishing tradition whereas creating expertise.
“We’re enthusiastic about this upcoming season,” stated Kimbrough. “We had a terrific group of seniors final 12 months who did an incredible job establishing tradition. We shall be younger this 12 months with solely two seniors, however we’re excited concerning the younger expertise that we now have developing by the ranks. We’ll proceed to construct our tradition and proceed to be aggressive as we develop our younger expertise.”
Final 12 months, Central completed 5-19 and went 1-7 within the Ozark Convention. A loss to Branson (56-43) in district play ended its season.
Three seniors are gone from final 12 months: Quinton Beezley, Derek Melton, and Gavin Almy.
“Gavin gave us size and athleticism on the guard place,” Kimbrough stated. “He additionally gave us constant scoring that shall be missed. Derek introduced much-needed toughness to our program final 12 months, whereas Quinton was a veteran presence on the level guard place.”
This season, the Bulldogs will lean on the play of its 5 returning lettermen: seniors Ta’Shawn Chatman and Rohan Basal, junior Andy Su, and sophomores Andrew Bryant and Jamarious Lawrey.
Chatman, an All-Convention Defensive Workforce decide final 12 months, averaged 5.4 factors and 4.0 rebounds. His management shall be very important to Central’s success this 12 months.
Basal, a 6-foot-3 publish, averaged 4.4 factors and a pair of.0 rebounds final 12 months for the Bulldogs. Su performed in 18 video games final season, averaging beneath one level per recreation.
Central may also search for contributions from a pair of newcomers: sophomore Tae’Sean McShane and junior Cole Hughes.
“Tae’Sean was a part of a really proficient freshman workforce final 12 months,” Kimbrough stated. “He brings athleticism and physicality. Cole had a terrific season on JV final 12 months, and we’re excited concerning the perimeter taking pictures he may doubtlessly carry to the varsity degree.”
5 transfers from space faculties have additionally arrived at Central and are hoping to contribute on the varsity degree this winter. These transfers embrace Jaden McCoy (Spokane), Tyren Hendrix (Parkview), Sterling Vinson (Hillcrest), Dwayne Andrews (Hillcrest), and Deverin King (Glendale).
Final 12 months, the Bulldogs had been outscored 64-47 per recreation on common. They shot 44 % from the sector, 35 % from 3-point vary, and 60 % from the foul stripe. These are all numbers they’ll hope to enhance on this 12 months.
With a robust mixture of newcomers and returners, the Central Bulldogs hope for extra success this coming winter.