Millbrook basketball, the 2014-15 state runner-up, will be without the program’s all-time leading scorer and the all-time single-game scorer this season.
“Between Rob (Brown) and Chris (Clemons), they’ve broken almost every record in the book at Millbrook.” Wildcats coach Scott McInnes said.
But after some preseason impressions, McInnes is impressed with this year’s group. The Cats return a well-rounded senior Faison Brock and Trejon Jacobs, who hit six three-pointers in last season’s Eastern Regionals.
“It’s a totally different team,” McInnes said. “They have really worked. It’s been a great summer, a great preseason. They’re ready to roll. We’re playing well, and it’s a good start.”
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Millbrook, the owner of the last four Cap-8 Conference championships, will open its season against senior guard Dondre Griffin and Knightdale on Thursday, Nov. 19.
McInnes plans to use the nonconference schedule, which also includes Apex, to improve.
“Of course you want to win every game, but we try to schedule nonconference tough. Some schools aren’t doing that now,” McInnes said. “If we take a loss in nonconference, that’s going to make us better.”
Broughton (23-3, 12-2): The Capitals lost nine seniors and a bit of height from last year’s playoff team.
Enloe (4-19, 1-13): The Eagles ended their season with a loss to Wake Forest in overtime last year. Nasheem Wilkins, a 6-foot-5 power forward, will return for his senior year.
Heritage (15-10, 8-6): Sophomore guard Jarren McAllister is the only Cap-8 player with an ACC offer so far in Virginia Tech. Sophomore forward Jayden Gardner, who led the Huskies in scoring as a freshman last year (11.2), has developed a nice jumper. Key contributors Ian Hinkley (5.8) and Thayer Thomas, who are still playing football, can determine how the nonconference schedule fares for Heritage. It’ll depend on how quickly they can settle in after transitioning sports.
Sanderson (7-17, 4-10): The Spartans open their season at Knightdale on Monday. They will host Holly Springs in their home opener two days later.
Leesville Road (14-11, 10-4): The Pride made the playoffs last year and had a couple of key sophomores in that postseason group.
Wake Forest (11-13, 6-8): The Cougars lost their only double-digit scorers, including Winston-Salem State signee Jamel McAllister. Wake Forest graduated a number of the conference’s leaders. Trey Vest played a considerable amount of minutes last year as a junior.
Wakefield (4-18, 2-12): There were nine juniors on last season’s four-win team.
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