The return of four players that averaged double figures, including 5’9 point guard KJ Crump, the Blazers are Echelon Recruits’ favorite in the 2nd Region. William Bryan, Dj Quarles, and Amani McGee averaged in double figures in the 2019-2020 season to add to a balanced attack for the Blazers. 6’5 Junior Forward/Center Namari Hall is poised for a breakout year as the low post presence for UHA.
2. Madisonville North Hopkins
After losing their head coach and five seniors that included two division 1 basketball athletes, one opinion would be that the Maroons would be in rebuilding mode this season. However, this is not the case for the Maroons; they pick up a veteran coach in Jon Newton, a pair of top players in 6’0 Kale Gaither and 6’8 Bryton Walker, and return junior guard Danye Fraizer, who is primed for a breakout season.
3. Christian County
Coach Toby Miles inherits a talented Christian County squad from coach Stovall. Led by a pair of juniors in guard Marquavion Chambers and 6’5 post-Olajuan White, the colonels will be the dark horse of the 2nd Region.
High scoring freshman guard Travis Perry returns for the Lyons. The 6’1 guard averaged 26 points per game and is considered one of Kentucky’s best scorers as a freshman. He will lead the charge for the Lions. Perry’s running mate will be Jackson Shoulders, who averaged 16 ppg and 11 rebounds per game. Lyon County will be tasked to compete with the upper echelon of 2nd region teams this year.
Hopkinsville returns 6’3 guard Alijah Watts. Alijah is considered one of the most versatile players in the state. If he has an excellent full season for the Tigers, Hopkinsville will be a team to watch out for this year.