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Basketball preview: Shiloh Generals

Shiloh's Jalisa Williams

Shiloh's Jalisa Williams

SHILOH GENERALS

Boys

Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: Kim Rivers

2010-2011 record: 12-13

Returning regular:

Jordan Gaither, Sr., 6-3

Others to watch:

Robert Carter, Sr., 6-9

Trayvon Reed, Soph., 7-0

Evyn Smith, Jr., 5-9

Brian Thompson, Jr., 6-2

Amar Basic, Sr., 6-2

Brian Beverly, Jr., 6-6

Outlook: The Generals have just one returning starters, but they should be the most improved team in the region. The reason for the optimism is the arrival of 6-foot-9 Robert Carter and 7-foot Trayvon Reed. Carter, who transferred from Thomasville, is ranked as the second-best senior prospect in Georgia by ESPNU. Reed, who moved from Alabama, is rated as the No. 1 sophomore prospect in the state on the same recruiting list. Carter led Thomasville to the Class AA state finals as a sophomore and to the quarterfinals last March. He had 20 points during the championship loss to Greater Atlanta Christian in 2010.

Worth noting: Jordan Gaither led a fourth-quarter rally that ended up falling short in a 62-57 loss to eventual champion Berkmar in the region quarterfinals a year ago and returns for his senior season after being a second-team all-region choice. Adonai Rogers transferred to Berkmar, but senior Amar Basic and juniors Evyn Smith, Brian Thompson and Brian Beverly are back from last season. This is coach Kim Rivers' third season at Shiloh after a successful 14-year stint in Maryland during which he was 315-50 with five titles.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

1 Jordan Gaither 6-3 Sr.

2 Amar Basic 6-2 Sr.

3 Evyn Smith 5-9 Jr.

4 Justin Blair 5-10 Jr.

5 Trayvon Reed 7-0 So.

10 C.J. Keyes 6-0 Jr.

12 Shamari Ortenez 5-11 Sr.

14 Cordell Rhymer 6-1 Jr.

15 Jordan Chance 6-2 Soph.

20 Marquez Smith 5-6 Sr.

21 Brian Thompson 6-2 Jr.

23 Matt Moore 6-2 Jr.

24 Robert Carter 6-9 Sr.

25 Kyle Lewis 6-3 Jr.

30 Emir Basic 6-2 Soph.

33 Dante Hibbert 6-2 Soph.

44 Brian Beverly 6-6 Jr.

Girls

Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: John April

2010-11 record: 3-22

Returning regulars:

Kaylen Ward, So, 5-8

Holland Glenn, Sr., 5-8

Aziza Day, Sr., 5-5

Others to watch:

Jalisa Williams, Sr., 5-8

Courtney Hector, Sr., 5-5

Bria Ratliff, Jr., 5-4

Racquel Cranston, Fr., 5-11

Aaliyah Woods, Jr., 5-7

Outlook: John April replaced Dale Grant as coach after the Generals enduring a difficult season a year ago. Shiloh made the state tournament four straight years from 2004-2007 under Grant, but the only appearance since came in 2009. Holland Glenn was the only returnee with much playing time a year ago after returning starter Jalisa Williams was sidelined. Now Williams is back and things are looking up for the Generals.

Worth noting: April was a girls coach in Mississippi for six seasons and compiled a 75-32 record before moving to Georgia in 2007 to become athletics director at McNair High School in DeKalb County. The Generals' future looks encouraging with Shiloh Middle School having won the county championship last season with an unbeaten record. Standout Charbonnay Johnson, however, enrolled at Stephenson rather than Shiloh.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

3 Kaylen Ward 5-8 Soph.

5 Racquel Cranston 5-11 Fr.

10 Courtney Blair 5-3 Fr.

11 Amber Johnson 5-5 Sr.

12 DeAnna Johnson 5-7 Jr.

14 Jamie Harris 5-10 Sr.

20 Uche Ibebunjo 6-0 Fr.

22 Bria Ratliff 5-4 Jr.

25 Holland Glenn 5-8 Sr.

30 Charity Robinson 6-0 Jr.

32 Jalisa Williams 5-8 Sr.

40 Adrian Werts 6-0 Sr.

42 Aaliyah Woods 5-7 Jr.

Schedule

Nov. 15 at Centennial

Nov. 25-26 Big Apple/Big Peach (boys)

Dec. 2 at Berkmar

Dec. 3 Archer

Dec. 6 at Dacula

Dec. 12 Grayson

Dec. 16-17, 19-20 at DeKalb County tourney (girls)

Dec. 17 Whitney Young at Greensboro, N.C. (boys)

Dec. 27-29 at Westminster tourney (girls)

Dec. 29-31 Hoops in Overdrive at Centennial (boys)

Jan. 3 Brookwood

Jan. 6 at Parkview

Jan. 7 at S. Gwinnett

Jan. 10 C. Gwinnett

Jan. 13 Berkmar

Jan. 14 at Peachtree Ridge

Jan. 17 at Archer

Jan. 20 Dacula

Jan. 26-28 at Montverde tourney in Fla. (boys)

Jan. 31 at Brookwood

Feb. 2 at Grayson

Feb. 3 Parkview

Feb. 7 S. Gwinnett

Feb. 11 at C. Gwinnett