White Knoll opened the new basketball season with a 3-1, second-place showing at the Lake Murray Tip-Off Tournament last week. It was a good start for a team that Bret Jones hopes will take a big step up this winter.
“This is one of the deepest teams ever at White Knoll,” said Jones, the only coach in program history. “We should be able to play nine to 10 players a game. We are very athletic and we’ll be looking to push the ball as much as possible.”
The Timberwolves finished 13-12 overall a year ago, 5-9 in Region 5-4A and failed to make the state playoff cut.
Jones, who is 130-120 in 11 seasons at White Knoll, expects to be in the hunt in the new-look 5-4A.
“Lexington and North Augusta are the teams to beat, but we should be right there, too,” he said.
The team will build around returning senior starters Xen Singleton (12.0 ppg, 2.0 apg), Quinton Creed (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and Austin Duncan (5.0 ppg, 3.0 apg).
Keith Jumper, a 6-5 junior, is a newcomer to watch.
“He’s tall and lanky, and should help us on the boards but he also has a good inside game,” said Jones.
White Knoll opens the regular season on Tuesday at Airport.