Sumter has been on a role of late in boys basketball – winning three region championship over the past four season. The team went 17-7 last season, won the Region 6-4A championship with an 8-2 conference record and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
This season, however, the Gamecocks are facing a major rebuilding project after losing seven seniors, including three-year starters Travis Fredimon, Khalil Malone, and Quinn McClendon who helped the Gamecocks to a 58-19 record and scored a more than 1,500 points combined during their three-year varsity careers.
Coach Nate Livesay’s preseason statement:
“This will be a very young Gamecock squad with nine new players and only two seniors that saw significant action last season. A number of sophomores and potentially freshman have the opportunity to earn important roles and play major minutes this season.”
Livesay’s new-look team will be built around junior guard D.J. Coleman, who is the lone returning starter, senior guard Timmy Rogers, senior forward Eren Moses and 6-7 junior forward Kameron Dunnican.
Coleman and Moses were voted to the preseason all-region team.
Marques Pair, a 6-6 center and Mike James 6'1 are the two other seniors on the squad.
Newcomers to watch include junior guard David Henderson, 6-8 sophomore forward Brandon Bolden, sophomore guard Tre Woods, sophomore guard Lewis Milliner and freshman guard Shaheed Robinson.
“We’ll be focused on improving daily in order to compete for another region title,” said Livesay.
Sumter was second behind Carolina Forest in 6-4A in the coaches’ preseason poll.