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2017-2018 high school boys basketball previews

Updated Monday, December 4, 2017

2017-2018 high school boys basketball previews - schools listed in alphabetical order.

alabamaAlabama School for the Deaf

Coach: Walter Ripley, 7th season

Last season’s results: 11-15 (Mason Dixon runner-up, lost in 1A Area 7 semifinals)

Key players: Ke'Trez Holman and Cory McKinnie

Coach's outlook: We have an experienced roster this year.

americanAmerican School for the Deaf

Coaches: Justin Brooks and Clement Lovelace, 2nd season

Last season’s results: 15-5 (New England Schools for the Deaf Basketball Tip-Off runner-up, ESDAA D1 champions)

Key players: Andrew Ray Taylor, Robert Milone, Dylan Mallach, and Omar Shariff

Coach's outlook: The boys team is coming off capturing their first ESDAA crown in more than 30 years. The entire team returns this season minus one graduating senior. Early season practices have been very competitive as players are going all out of a roster spot. Reigning ESDAA MVP Andrew Ray Taylor leads the team with all around game and the team is well-balanced with the outside shooting of Robert Milone helps ease some of the scoring burden on Andrew. Omar Shariff made significant strides this off-season and should be in line for a big role this year after spending much of his first varsity season on the bench. ESDAA boys division will be filled with tough competition again this year as the balanced ASD boys team will look to continue to build upon recent year success.

arizonaArizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Gerald Brown, 11th season

Last season’s results: 12-12 (Roadrunner Classic champions, WSBC runner-up)

Key Players: Giovanny Correa, Derek Worrell, Manual and Santana Gonzales (twins), and John Gilbraith.

Coach's outlook: We are looking to improve on last year’s record.

arkansasArkansas School for the Deaf

Coach: Brandon Larry, 1st season

Last season’s results: 7-18

Key players: Shaq ke Robinson, Ethan Pompeo, Hammad Khan, Shamsudeen,

Coach's outlook: Our goal is to have a winning season and win the GPSD championship.

fremontCalifornia School for the Deaf, Fremont

Coach: David Hamilton, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 25-8 (CSD Classic champions, Clerc Classic runner-up, Bay Counties League champions, North Coast Section Division 6 champions, lost in NorCal Division 6 quarterfinals, NDIAA D1 national co-champions)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: This is a rebuilding year and this team has the potential to be a great team in a couple of years.

riversideCalifornia School for the Deaf, Riverside

Coach: Jeremias Valencia, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 5-16

Key players: N/A

Coach’s outlook: We have five returning starters.

delawareDelaware School for the Deaf

Coach: Adam Johnson, 2nd season

Last season’s results: 12-7 (ESDAA D1 runner-up)

Key players: Dominic Hecker

Coach's outlook: We have only one player returning from last year’s team. It will be a rebuilding team for next few years.

floridaFlorida School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Eric LeFors, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 9-13

Key players: Quintin Galpine, Wallace Burrell, and Yahir Rodriguez

Coach's outlook: This year we have an unique mix of six seniors along with six varsity newcomers. Our season goal is to reach the championship game at the Mason Dixon Tournament in Alabama. Our regular season schedule will be a challenge. If we can navigate it and steal a few wins along the way, we should be able to gel as a unit in time for the tournament.

georgiaGeorgia School for the Deaf

Coach: Erik Whitworth, 5th season

Last season’s results: 5-21

Key players: The entire team, all six of them.

Coach’s outlook: The Georgia "5", maybe "6" if we are healthy. Season goals are to improve with every game. Never quit, never give up. Play as hard as we possibly can until the clock shows 0.0 and have some fun while doing it.

indianaIndiana School for the Deaf

Coach: Keith Westhoelter, 23rd season

Last season’s results: 11-13 (Calvary Christian Academy Tournament champions, Clerc Classic champions, lost in Sectional 58 semifinals, NDIAA D1 national co-champions)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: Indiana could break through for a better season with young shooting guards leading the way.

iowaIowa School for the Deaf

Coach: Nyle Smith, 9th season

Last season’s results: 0-19

Key players: Layne Guerrero

Coach's outlook: As is usually the case, we are rebuilding this year.

kansasKansas School for the Deaf

Coach: William Richard Ward, 6th season

Last season’s results: 24-2 (Neesam Classic co-champions, GPSD champions)

Key players: Jayman Washington, Marcus Aiken, Stacey Welch, Raul Melgar, Troy Johnson, Tayte McCaskey, Jr., Sethan Rolfoson

Coach's outlook: Kansas School for the Deaf Jackrabbits enters the 2017-2018 campaign as a different team from last year. KSD lost three seniors and one transfer to Texas School for the Deaf. KSD is excited to play against possibly 18 Deaf schools this year. KSD will play against Mississippi School for the Deaf who are heavily favored to win this year’s national championship. KSD will be at Arkansas School for the Deaf to play against Mississippi in January 2018. Additionally, another exciting prospect for KSD is that we will play against Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky at Kentucky School for the Deaf in February 2018. For the 2018 GPSD tourney, KSD should be in the top four out of eight teams.

kentuckyKentucky School for the Deaf

Coach: Mike Yance, 11th season

Last season’s results: 2-21 (Lost in 45th district quarterfinals)

Key players: Aaron Howard and Payne Yance

Coach's outlook: This is a very young team as we have only one senior. I am calling this our “practice year“ as four of our players will be playing together for next three years.

lexingtonLexington School for the Deaf

Coach: Jamil Haque, 1st season

Last season's results: 9-16

Key Players: Timar Harris, Steve Salmon, Jordan Laikram, and Aaron Laikram

Coach's outlook: One of outstanding teamwork as chemistry between on defense and offense as well in the bright future. It's only in the beginning on open season.

marie-philipMarie Philip School

Coach: John Monahan, 22nd season

Last season’s results: 19-3 (NESD Tip-Off champions, Mass Bay Independent League D2 champions)

Key players: Dylan Christoffels, Wesley Silva, and Kacey Monahan

Coach’s outlook: After losing three games last year by a total of seven points, our team is gearing up for another good season. We lost one player from last year’s squad and we have four returnees and with some extra bench player that will step up for a better season. Senior Dylan Christoffels is going to lead team in scoring with help from Kacey Monahan and Wesley Silva. We have some promising young players who could contribute with some scoring. This team is looking for another great season and we hope for a better note at the end of the season.

marylandMaryland School for the Deaf

Coach: James DeStefano, 10th season

Last season’s results: 21-6 (Orioles Classic runner-up, Maryland Independent Athletic Conference runner-up)

Key players: Stefan Anderson, Esteban Kovacs, Rory Lewis, Eric Long, Jason Werner, and John Werner

Coach's outlook: MSD is expecting another stellar season.

michiganMichigan School for the Deaf

Coach: Michael Davis, 1st season

Last season’s results: 3-15 (Lost in District 106 quarterfinals)

Key players: None

Coach’s outlook: We have a lot of new players that have no playing experience, so this year will be a rebuilding team. Also, this is my first year as head coach and we are looking forward to a great season.

minnesotaMinnesota State Academy for the Deaf

Coach: Lance Gonzalez, 1st season

Last season’s results: 6-18 (Neesam Classic co-champions, GPSD runner-up)

Key players: Juan Salgado and Jon Schdmit

Coach’s outlook: I’m looking for a winning season and win the Twin Cities Athletic Conference championship (TCAC). Also, we are seeking to claim our 10th GPSD championship of MSAD boys basketball history.

mississippiMississippi School for the Deaf

Coach: Sekoe White, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 8-14 (Mason Dixon champions, Region 7-1A 3rd place, lost in Class 1A first round, NDIAA D2 national champions)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: MSD lost just one player in Cortavious Harris who has graduated. Rest of last year’s team have returned and we are reloading. We are expecting to have a great season this year and represent our school well.

missouriMissouri School for the Deaf

Coach: Kenneth Hartman, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 13-7 (Lost in Class 1A District 10 quarterfinals)

Key players: Dacota Pierson, Mikal Meriwether, and Hezeki Smoot

Coach's outlook: N/A.

model-secondaryModel Secondary School for the Deaf

Coach: Timothy Frelich, 22nd season

Last season’s results: 12-13

Key players: Derrick Griffin, Kalib Jones, and Josco Mast

Coach’s outlook: Blending returning players with newcomers and building a chemistry will be a process. We have several good shooters and taller players. We have joined in a new 12-member league. It will be a new experience but we believe it will prepare us for the tournaments and we expect to improve on last year's record.

new-jerseyNew Jersey School for the Deaf

Coach: Mr. Nowrey, 1st season

Last season’s results: 3-15 (ESDAA D2 runner-up)

Key players: Ricky Maldonado, Stanley Uka, Naim Webb, and Nasir Gurganus

Coach's outlook: It should be a good year for New Jersey. I am excited too because it is my first year as head coach and I am ready to coach. It is their time of the year, I am glad they are ready to play on the court. Their ultimate goal is to win the tournament.

new-yorkNew York School for the Deaf

Coach: Nicolas Tegni, 2nd season

Last season’s results: 9-16 (New Jersey Tip-Off champions)

Key players: Alnord Deski, Jaykuss Figueroa, and Christian Gonzalez

Coach's outlook: Last year was rebuilding season as we lost three players due to graduation after our championship at ESDAA in 2016. Jaykuss and Christian were named co-rookie of year from last year and I expect more from both this year. I believe we will be in top-three at ESDAA behind American School for the Deaf and Marie Philip School.

north-carolinaNorth Carolina School for the Deaf

Coach: Tom Krohn, 9th season

Last season’s results: 11-8

Key players: Nycobian Lineberger and Morgan Evans

Coach's outlook: Without Nycobian, our team will always be the underdog against any team. We won’t be having him for all games as Nycobian can play only home games after 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and weekends due to work that is required for his class.

ohioOhio School for the Deaf

Coach: Chris Kuhns, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 8-10 (Mid-American Basketball Classic champions, Mountain State Classic runner-up)

Key players: Zack Collins

Coach's outlook: This will be an interesting season for us. We will have strong group of perimeter players and our post players have nice size but lacking experience.

oklahomaOklahoma School for the Deaf

Coach: Christopher Reagle, 27th season

Last season’s results: 2-21

Key players: N/A

Coach's outlook: We have too many freshmen and sophomores on the team this year. They are young and have potential in different areas. I look forward to our season this year.

oregonOregon School for the Deaf

Coaches: Mike McDaniel and Leshondre Brown

Last season’s results: 6-16 (WSBC champions)

Key players: N/A

Coach's outlook: Our boys are looking forward to defending last year's Western States Basketball championship. In CASCO league, we're working hard to move up the ranks. We're small, but have good speed and decent defense.

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania School for the Deaf

Coach: Alfonso Miller, 1st season

Last season’s results: 5-13 (NJSD Tip-Off runner-up, ESDAA D2 champions)

Key players: Nasir Ford and Jacob Cross

Coach's outlook: N/A

phoenixPhoenix Day School for the Deaf

Coach: Jesse J. Bailey, 1st season

Last season’s results: 2-21 (Roadrunner Classic runner-up)

Key players: Brian Lynch, Dion Melero Hernandez, Ronni Escareno Del Muro, Angel Cubas, and DeAndrae Johnson

Coach's outlook: A team loaded with freshmen and sophomores with a new system coming in. This is Jesse's first year coaching at PDSD but he coached for 10 years previously at several Deaf schools.

rhode-islandRhode Island School for the Deaf

Coach: Todd Murano, 10th season

Last season’s results: 3-21

Key players: Jayden Elias, Timothy Jallah, and Juan Fernandes-Espinal

Coach's outlook: We are a very young team with limited experience so we will work on lot of fundamental skills and decision making in the offense and defense. We are excited to go to three tourneys this year at the NESD Tip-Off, NJSD Tip-Off, and ESDAA here at RISD.

rochesterRochester School for the Deaf

Coach: Chad Evringham, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 9-12

Key players: Thomas Coates and Bode Aggas

Coach's outlook: The team is very young and inexperienced but they will grow throughout the season. The future looks good.

stmarysSt. Mary's School for the Deaf

Coach: Kevin LeRoy, 5th season

Last season’s results: 9-6

Key players: Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb, and Christian Lawernce

Coach’s outlook: We have strength and size so I anticipate some good competition with most good teams this year.

tennesseeTennessee School for the Deaf

Coach: Barry Swafford, 33rd season

Last season’s results: 5-17 (Forfeited game in District 2-A quarterfinals)

Key players: Lorenzo Currie, Malcolm Williamson, Jalen Harris, DeSean Freeman, Tristen Davidson, Ri Carlyn, and Jerry Williams

Coach's outlook: With five freshman players aboard, we will "learn" many things as the season goes by. Since we have only one “tall” player on our team, we will depend on our speed to “move” around. With this being said, we will “grow” as time goes by.

texasTexas School for the Deaf

Coach: Andy Donatich, 1st season

Last season’s results: 24-6 (Holy Trinity Tournament champions, Ranger Classic champions, District 4 champions, lost in 2nd round of TAPPS 4A state playoff)

Key players: Eric Ellzey, Keaton Hamilton, and Chandler Sexton-Ruiz

Coach's outlook: We lost four key seniors but got a great group of young boys who strive for greatness. Our future is really bright.

utahUtah School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Wade Hester, 4th season

Last season’s results: 7-8

Key players: Javier Lopez

Coach's outlook: N/A

washingtonWashington School for the Deaf

Coach: James Forncrook, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 3-12

Key players: Taylor Payne, Ricardo Pineda, and Cristian Martinez-White

Coach’s outlook: We have three returning starters and our goal is to win the WSBC and make the state playoffs.

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Coach: David Tasselli, 5th season

Last season’s results: 9-15 (Mid-American Basketball Classic runner-up)

Key players: David Harclerode and Chad D’Amore

Coach's outlook: Our goal is to make the league playoffs and finish in the top four at ESDAA.

wisconsinWisconsin School for the Deaf

Coach: Michael Eldred, 12th season

Last season’s results: 8-12 (Neesam Classic co-champions)

Key players: Dakota Kangas and Perles Payne

Coach’s outlook: It will be an interesting year with veteran players and inexperienced newcomers playing together this season. We have quickness and speed on the team but unfortunately we don't have depth on the bench.

 
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