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Basketball preview: Collins Hill Eagles

Collins Hill's Conner Iverson

Collins Hill's Conner Iverson

COLLINS HILL EAGLES

BOYS

Region: 7-AAAAA

Coach: Eric Nathan

2010-11 record: 18-7

Returning regulars:

none

Players to watch:

Conner Iverson, Sr., 5-11

Devin Mitchell, Soph., 6-3

John Carlos Reyes, So., 6-7

Outlook: The Eagles have a new coach and a nearly new team after Josh Grayson left for Loganville. Five players, led by the dynamic Saah Nimley, graduated and Andre Allen, who would have given the team at lease one returning starter, transferred. Former assistant Eric Nathan was promoted to replace Grayson and he inherits a rebuilding process made more difficult by the departure of Allen, an honorable mention all-region pick. The Eagles will count on senior Conner Iverson for leadership. John Carlos Reyes offers size inside at 6-foot-7. Devin Mitchell is another promising sophomore and is the Eagles' second-tallest player at 6-foot-3.

Worth noting: It will be impossible to replace three-year starter Nimley, who averaged 22 points each of the past two seasons despite being only 5-foot-8. In Nimley's three years as a starter, the Eagles were 59-23. Collins Hill, though, missed the state tournament last season after three straight appearances when it was beaten by Mill Creek in the region quarterfinals.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

2 Nate Williams 6-2 Jr.

3 Eric Ambrosio 5-5 Jr.

4 David Jimenez 5-9 Sr.

5 Jaylin McConnaughey 6-1 Sr.

10 Conner Iverson 5-11 Sr.

11 Santo Bolden 5-11 Sr.

12 Tevin Holliday 5-11 Sr.

20 Tra Palmer 6-2 Jr.

22 Devin Monroe 5-11 Jr.

23 Devin Mitchell 6-3 Soph.

32 Jonathan Tillman 6-1 Jr.

42 John Carlos Reyes 6-7 Soph.

GIRLS

Region:

Coach: Scott Wild

2010-11 record: 16-10

Returning regulars:

Jordan Ulm, Sr., 5-6

Emily Buck, Sr., 5-8

Bre'anna Singleton, Jr., 5-4

Others to watch:

Megan Kellar, Sr., 5-6

Jasmine Knight, Soph., 5-6

Brittany Stowers, Fr., 6-0

Outlook: The Eagles had just three seniors last season, but Bria Young and O'des Oraedu were first and second all-region picks, respectively. Young led the team in scoring and assists, while Oraedu was tops in rebounding and second in scoring. Leading the returnees are seniors Jordan Ulm and Emily Buck and junior Bre'ana Singleton. Ulm and Buck combined for about 15 points per game last season and Singleton was second on the team in assists. Freshman Brittany Stowers gives the Eagles needed height and sophomore Jasmine Knight is another key addition.

Worth noting: Collins Hill was edged 63-60 by Mill Creek in the region quarterfinals and lost out on a trip to the state tournament for a fourth straight year. The Hawks ended up making the Final Four, which used to be the Eagles' destination almost every year. Scott Wild took over as coach last season after serving as an assistant when Collins Hill won three straight state titles with Maya Moore.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

5 Bre'ana Singleton 5-4 Jr.

10 Megan Kellar 5-6 Sr.

11 Alexis Weaver 5-9 Sr.

12 Emily Buck 5-8 Sr.

15 Jordan Ulm 5-6 Sr.

21 Nykena Smith 5-6 Soph.

22 Ally Adams 5-6 Sr.

23 Emylee Whitten 5-8 Jr.

24 Jasmine Knight 5-6 Soph.

30 Callie Star 5-9 Soph.

31 Brittany Stowers 6-0 Fr.

33 Julianne Bayer 6-0 Jr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 12 Rockdale

Nov. 18 Lovett (girls)

Nov. 19 at Archer

Nov. 21 Dacula at Archer

Nov. 29 at Brookwood

Dec. 6 at NorcrossDec. 9 at Mill Creek

Dec. 10 at Palmetto Showcase (boys)

Dec. 12 Norcross

Dec. 16 at C. Gwinnett

Dec. 20 Hart County

Dec. 28-30 at Deep South Classic

Jan. 3 N. Gwinnett

Jan. 6 at Meadowcreek

Jan. 10 Duluth

Jan. 13 Mountain View

Jan. 14 at McIntosh

Jan. 17 Peachtree Ridge

Jan. 24 Mill Creek

Jan. 27 at N. Gwinnett

Jan. 31 Meadowcreek

Feb. 3 at Duluth

Feb. 7 at Mountain View

Feb. 10 at Peachtree Ridge