• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ basketball returns experienced core


WCHS SENIOR GUARD BRANDON CROMWELL aims to build on his 17 points per game average last season. (File photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County High School boys' basketball team enters the 2018-19 basketball season loaded with talent. After winning the district championship this spring, the Jackets return 90 percent of their roster for another run at the district and regional crowns. Woodford returns six seniors this season, all of which have played been teammates since the second grade.

Seniors Brandon Cromwell averaged 17 points a game last season and is nearing 1,000 points for his career. He made 68 three-pointers and shot 41 percent from beyond the arc in his junior season. Cromwell also added six rebounds a game from the guard position. Corey George is a force in the paint. He averaged nine points a game and added nine-and-a-half rebounds per contest. George had a terrific run during the postseason and was named the MVP of the district tournament. Justin Alexander played both varsity and JV last season. Alexander has good size at the forward position and is a good rebounder. Ryan Duke is a sharpshooting guard who made many clutch threes last season. Duke was deadly from the corners for the Jackets, especially late in the season. He averaged three points and a rebound per game as a junior. Ben Nash began last season injured but joined the team halfway through the year and immediately made an impact. Nash is a dependable ball handler and shot 39 percent from beyond the arc. During the district tournament, Nash made a pair of clutch threes in the final minutes of the championship game to help clinch the title.

Alex Morgan split time with varity and JV last season. Morgan shot 31 percent from beyond the arc as a junior and contributed a point a game. He is a capable shooter and should see quality minutes this season.

Juniors Junior Anthony Tabor is a talented point guard who is fearless when going to the basket and is skilled in finding the open shooters on the wings. Tabor averaged nine points and two rebounds per game. He shot 29 percent from beyond the arc. Dylan Blevins and Sidney Mudd combined for 27 varsity games played last season. Both players will be looking to crack the regular rotation this season for the Jackets. Mudd was three-for-three from beyond the arc last season.

Will Smiley and Ashton Devore bring good size and a full season of JV basketball experience to the roster.

Sophomores

Sophomore Hunter Penn has great size and athleticism. As a freshman, Penn averaged four points and three rebounds a game off the bench.

Freshmen Freshman Brian White rounds off the varsity roster. The 5- foot-10 inch freshman will look to break into the regular rotation this season.

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