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Duluth Boys Basketball Season Preview

COACH: Eddie Hood

2012-13 RECORD: 14-13

RETURNING REGULARS:

Obinna Ofodile, 6-7, Soph.

Kai Lambert, 6-2, Soph.

Bryce Wooten, 6-4, Sr.

Romelo Styron, 5-11, Sr.

Sabionn Griffin-Bey, 5-9, Sr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Eric Hamilton, 6-8, Sr.

Anthony Showell, 6-1, Soph.

Zaynah Robinson, 5-11, Sr.

OUTLOOK: The Wildcats, already athletic, took another step forward in that category this offseason, according to head coach Eddie Hood. Those improvements, along with the confidence of a winning 2012-13 season, have led to high hopes around the boys program. Duluth has three returning senior contributors, including 6-4 Bryce Wooten, who is drawing D-I interest. Guards Romelo Styron and Sabionn Griffin-Bey also return to the rotation, where they will be paired with two of the area’s top sophomores, Obinna Ofodile and Kai Lambert. Both Ofodile, now up to 6-7, and Lambert, a versatile scorer, were major contributors as freshmen.

WORTH NOTING: A pair of North Gwinnett transfers, both seniors, have a chance to impact the Duluth program greatly. Post Eric Hamilton, who is 6-8, has 10 D-I offers and guard Zaynah Robinson also is drawing D-I interest. … Another newcomer, sophomore Anthony Showell, also has a lot of potential. … The Wildcats’ new post-Christmas tournament, the Jingle Jam, will feature boys teams from Brookwood, Grayson, Centennial, Alcovy, Kell, Johnson-Gainesville and King’s Ridge.

FAST FACT: Duluth, after years of struggles, has trended upward since Hood took over as coach. It won eight games in 2011-12, his first season, then improved to 14 victories last season.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 19 Brookwood

Nov. 26 MLK in Atlanta Hardwood Classic at North Atlanta (boys)

Nov. 27 Shiloh in Atlanta Hardwood Classic at North Atlanta (boys)

Nov. 23, 25-26 at North Forsyth Tip-Off Tourney (girls)

Nov. 30 Luella in On the Radar Hoops Showcase (boys)

Dec. 6 at Peachtree Ridge

Dec. 7 at Mill Creek

Dec. 10 at Collins Hill

Dec. 13 North Gwinnett

Dec. 14 Alpharetta

Dec. 16 at Mountain View

Dec. 20 at Centennial

Dec. 21 Archer at Loganville in Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase

Dec. 27-28 Duluth Jingle Jam

Jan. 7 Norcross

Jan. 10 Habersham Central

Jan. 14 Peachtree Ridge

Jan. 17 Mill Creek

Jan. 18 at Meadowcreek

Jan. 21 Collins Hill

Jan. 24 at North Gwinnett

Jan. 28 Mountain View

Jan. 31 Meadowcreek

Feb. 4 Norcross

Feb. 7 at Habersham