Sumter enjoyed an outstanding basketball campaign last winter, posting a 21-5 record and advancing to the Class 4A Lower State championship game before falling to Lexington.
Things will be different in many ways for the Gamecocks this season.
“We are a fairly experienced team but we lack depth,” said coach Nate Livesay.
“Last season's team was the biggest team in school history with four players standing 6-5 or taller. But three of those players have departed leaving, this team guard heavy with the exception of Kameron Dunnican. We also play the toughest schedule in the school history and possibly the state. The hope is that this challenging schedule will have battle tested when we arrive at region play in January.”
The Gamecocks opened the season at a tournament in the Bahamas, will play in the holiday tournament in Tennessee and have picked up out-of-state games against nationally prominent Oak Hill (VA) Academy and Norcross (GA).
The key returning players include Dunnican, senior D.J. Coleman, senior David Henderson and sophomore Shaheed Robinson.
Dunnican, a 6-8 center, averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks a year ago. He has signed to play at Georgia Southern. Coleman, a 6-2 guard who missed the second half of last season with an ankle injury, averaged 9.8 points and 5.1 assists. Henderson, a 5-11 guard, averaged 8.8 points a game last season, as did Robinson, a 6-2 wing.