2019-20 Shelby County High
Schools Basketball Team Previews
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON WARRIORS
After opening the season with three straight wins—
including a season-opening three-point win over
mighty Manassas—the Booker T. Washington Warriors
extended their good fortune to start 10-1. But, a
rematch with Manassas in the Region 8A semifinals
proved disappointing as the Warriors’ season ended
in an 80-79 overtime loss.
Can they rebound from the pain to get off to a good
start this season? After going 21-5 under fifth-year
coach Antonio Harris, the program’s best finish since
a 24-8 record in 2014-15, Washington could use some
momentum. The reported transfer of impressive
forward Xavier Joubert will be a major boost.
J’Malo Torriel’s second year as Craigmont head coach
was marred by the loss of star Elijah Caswell, who
suffered a torn ACL and is out for the year. After
also losing Cleveland State-bound Caleb Mosley
and Keshawn Glover, the Chiefs are hurting. Torriel
said 6-3 combo guard Jamier Jefferson came along
during the summer and will surprise people this
season. Jefferson helped Craigmont go 10-2 in a
dozen summer contests.
DOUGLASS RED DEVILS
Douglass fell to 9-17 last year after a 23-2 run in
2017-18, largely because of five losses of five points
or less. The Red Devils showed some moxie with a
5-2 stretch during the month of January, but they’ll
lose an impact athlete in Ananias Bennett, who left
to add to the riches with Wooddale.
Two years after a state championship run, the
Hamilton Wildcats still have a handful of players
with title-winning experience under their belts. And
if they were sophomores on that championshiplevel
team then, they’re certainly bigger and more
seasoned now. Chief among them will be Marcus
Crawford, a senior guard who has played as many
as five sports during his high school career, and
senior forward Anthony Burks. With 6-foot-5 center
Timothy Marion back to add some bulk on the interior,
head coach Will Smith—a former Colorado Buffaloes
basketball player and assistant coach—has some
options down low, as well.
Finishing last season at 13-15, the Hillcrest Vikings
appear ready to turn the corner to above .500 next
year under Michael BRdnax. They’ll have to cut down
on the big losses, though. While the Vikings beat
some talented teams early in the year, they did lose
11 games by double-figures.
When Erik Buggs took over the Kingsbury program
before last season, the Falcons were last in the
league, but Buggs knew they were a “force” in
the early-90s and that there was a foundation for
success. After an 11-10 campaign, the team’s best in
a decade, Buggs’ optimism was rewarded.
Where can they go from here? Now with one of
the best returning sophomore classes in the state,
including point guard Caleb Jackson, guard P.J.
Hillman, guard Ahmed Abdulahi and 6-7 center
Demarkus Moss, the Falcons believe they’re one
step closer to where they want to be, but nowhere
near their potential.
When we asked Kirby head coach Retushas Spears
which of his players he believes will have the
biggest impact, he excitedly pitched junior Daveonne
Warfield. Warfield will have to be the man for the
Cougars, because they lose major talent in 6-6 forward
Daquarius Harris and 6-2 guard Dontae Harris.
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