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Grayson Boys Basketball Season Preview

Grayson’s Marquise Lanier

Grayson’s Marquise Lanier

COACH: Geoffrey Pierce

2012-13 RECORD: 13-13

RETURNING REGULARS:

Marquise Lanier, 6-3, Sr.

Austin Morris, 6-2, Sr.

C.J. Brown, 6-0, Sr.

Marquise Bumpas, 6-6, Sr.

OTHERS TO WATCH:

Jordan Dilwood, 6-3, Sr.

Cam Boaz, 6-3, Sr.

Austin Dukes, 5-10, Soph.

Trevian Sconiers, 6-4, Soph.

OUTLOOK: Grayson has struggled in boys basketball since the school opened in 2000, as evidenced by its failure to make the state tournament since moving to Georgia’s largest classification. That may change soon under Geoffrey Pierce, whose 13 wins last season, his first with the Rams, tied a school record. The team’s go-to player is senior Marquise Lanier, a second-team all-region pick as a junior after averaging a team-high 14.2 points. His fellow returnees include two seniors who logged heavy minutes last season — C.J. Brown and Austin Morris. Fellow seniors Marquise Bumpas, Jordan Dilwood and Cam Boax also are expected to be main contributors, as are a pair of promising sophomores, Austin Dukes and Trevian Sconiers.

WORTH NOTING: Defense was a strength in Grayson’s turnaround 2012-13 season, and Pierce plans on continuing that trend this season. His team held opponents to 46 points per game in his first season, including some impressive games against high-scoring teams like Brookwood (which scored 47 and 33 points vs. Grayson) and Dacula (which scored 49 and 54). … The Rams will stay in the area for a holiday tournament, playing in the first-year Jingle Jam at Duluth.

FAST FACT: Nine of Grayson’s 13 losses from last season were by single digits, with six of those coming by four points or fewer. Turning those tight losses around will be a key if the Rams are to make their first state playoff appearance in Class AAAAAA.

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Nov. 16 Meadowcreek

Nov. 19 at Walnut Grove

Nov. 26 at Walnut Grove Tip-Off (boys)

Dec. 3 a t Dacula

Dec. 6 Archer

Dec. 7 North Oconee

Dec. 10 at South Gwinnett

Dec. 13 at Lanier

Dec. 14 Walnut Grove

Dec. 16 Shiloh

Dec. 21 Collins Hill at Loganville

Dec. 27-28 at Duluth Jingle Jam (boys)

Dec. 27-28 at West Forsyth Holiday Classic (girls)

Jan. 4 Lanier

Jan. 7 at Berkmar

Jan. 10 at Brookwood

Jan. 11 at Central Gwinnett

Jan. 14 Parkview

Jan. 17 Dacula

Jan. 21 at Archer

Jan. 24 South Gwinnett

Jan. 28 at Shiloh

Jan. 31 Berkmar

Feb. 1 Brookwood

Feb. 4 Central Gwinnett

Feb. 7 at Parkview