Although I agree mainly with you on all of this, especially with leaving the games in no doubt whenever possible, I have a little bit different thought on the running clock. With the highly talented group of seniors that we will have this year, I would prefer in getting some players returning next year some valuable minutes prior to starting a running clock. Once that begins it is like getting about 3 minutes of playing time I would guess. Some of the new additions to the varsity team could be brought in with some more experienced players and get some valuable time on the floor before a running clock could begin. And if it did not, it would still make up the difference with experience. Heritage will be graduating about 6 seniors that will make up a large portion of the rebounds, points and defense of this years team. Finishing a game without the running clock really gives all the players more floor time and occasionally may assist in eclipsing the 100 point mark as a plus.Lol! You are clueless!!! I’ve lived here (Burnsville) and been around basketball my entire life and though I really like both of them NEITHER would or did get it done. This is as special of a group as we’ve ever had here and like 84 said they have been playing against high level competition since they were in the 3rd grade. They were traveling to Charlotte every other weekend from the 4th thru 8th grade playing in fall and winter leagues to get used to playing against athletes and then playing off the mountain every summer too. The only thing I would like to see them do differently is to get in good enough basketball shape so that any of them could play the entire game without being subbed out and for them to fullcourt press from the tip. Hopefully, the boys will take it upon themselves to get in shape if the coaches won’t. They’ve put the work in so now it’s on them to want it enough to do it. I wish their #1 regular season goal was to see how games they could get to a running clock and be ready to roll come playoff time.
Very good team but I’ve watched a lot and still think that the mid 80’s team at heritage has to be best I have seen, Steven Ray, Mike and Blue Young, Sam Deyton and Jay Morgan, they were filthyThe 96 Madison basketball team is the best whc men’s team I’ve ever seen.
Here is a list of early season boys teams to watch on the West-East 2A this season:
Mountain Heritage is loaded again on a 21-2 team from last season. South Point returns 9 players from a 15-12 team. Newton-Conover returns 10 players from last years 16-12 team. Lexington was one of the best young teams last season and return 7 players from a 18-10 team. Other teams you should never count out: Shelby, East Lincoln, Forest Hills, and West Stokes. All are successful year in and year out and have fantastic coaches on the sidelines.
Kinston has 9 players returning from a 24-7 team. Farmville Central was very young last season and still won the state championship although they may have lost a few players to transfer. Randleman returns 8 players from a 19-8 team. Reidsville returns 8 players from a 20-10 team. Southwest Edgecome returns 7 players from a 15-14 team and Vance County returns 8 players from a 24-6 team.
Below is a breakdown of the top 20 West-East 2018-2019 records, the number of players returning, and the number of points returning. All data was compiled from Maxpreps statistics. I have also included last seasons preseason chart to show how experience and number of points do not always lead to high finishes but it is a general indicator as you can see. The top number is where they were preseason and the second number is where they finished postseason.
What does everyone else think? Have you seen any of the teams on the list play this summer and how good to you think they are?
2019-2020 West-East Preseason Top 20
2018-2019 West-East Preseason Top 20
Last I checked there are no ACC or DI players walking through the door at Mt. Pleasant. He was blessed with talent at CM...but their weak schedule may help out at the beginning of the year.With ex Cox Mill coach at the helm. Watch out for Mt Pleasant??