High School Sports

Preview: Dreher boys basketball

Dreher is facing a rebuilding project early in the 2009-10 basketball season with just two returning players with significant varsity experience. The graduation toll was a heavy one – three starters and eight seniors in all are gone from a team that went 24-4, won a region championship and advanced to the third round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

“We have a lot of and we’ll be tested early,” said Blue Devils coach Jon Richards, who entered the season with a 76-26 record at Dreher. “We are very inexperienced and have very little size. The sophomore class will have to mature quickly.”

The key building blocks are seniors Quayshun Hawkins and Tyler Harris.

Hawkins, a 6-2 guard, averaged 15.7 points, fired in 77 field goals from 3-point range, and also chipped in 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals pert game a year ago. He is an all-state candidate.

Harris, a 6-4 wing forward, averaged 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Kevin Branch, Joseph Jenkins, Rob Alford and Chris Jones are some of the new players in the rotation.

The Blue Devils are off to a 3-2 start, going 2-2 at last week’s Lake Murray Tip-Off Tournament in Lexington. Dreher beat city rival Eau Claire in its regular season opener. It was the third win in a row for the Devils.