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November 1, 2001

Basketball Preview: 2001-02

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2001/2002 Basketball Preview

With the arrival of November, that can only mean that school basketball season is right around the corner. Forget about football. Itís getting too cold outside anyway. True hoops fans are counting the days to first practice, first scrimmage and the beginning of the basketball season. Iíve already got several dates in December highlighted on my calendar as canít miss dates. There is an abundance of talent at all levels in Virginia this season. While the private schools seem to have a majority of the big name prospects, there is lots of talent in the public school ranks as well.

In the next few weeks I will be preparing the annual Virginia Preps preseason reports, that will include; pre-season top 15 in each Division, Regional outlooks, District predictions, top players and pre-season all state & all region selections. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see or any information you would like to submit (e-mail address: rblakey13@aol.com).

As a start here is a list of players in each region that you should make every effort to see this season if you get a chance. Night in night out these player will give you your moneys worth and then some. Iíve picked a pre-season top player in each region with a few additional choices in each region as well.


Region A: B.A. Walker, 6-1, junior, Nandua

Region B: Kenny Wilson, 5-11, senior, George Mason

Region C: Shane Nichols, 5-11, senior, Radford

Region D: Brad Nuckles, 6-9, senior, Council

Photo at right ---->>>>

DEMONSTRATING SOME major "ups" (a.k.a. significant jumping ability), George Mason High School junior Kenny Wilson (20) knocks the ball away from a Broad Run player in a battle for a rebound at Tuesday's scrimmage at the GMHS gym. Mustangs Jimmy Brock (40) and Nate Hamme (10) look on. (News-Press photo) from 2000-02 season

© 2000 the Falls Church News-Press

Other Single A players to watch for:

Robbie Colley, Haysi Delmus Colvin, Windsor

Mark Hepner, Central-Woodstock James Holeman, Franklin

Grady Kring, Castlewood Josh Lawrence, Giles

Darius Nuckles, Radford Kevin Rathers, Ameilia


Region I: Jared Soles, 6-2, senior, York

Region II: Tyler Crawford, 6-4, sophomore, R.E. Lee

Region III: Montell Watson, 6-1, junior, Alleghany

Region IV: Paco Jones; 5-10, senior, Graham

Other Double A players to watch for:

Brian Bocock, Turner Ashby Stephen Byrd, King George

Benny Clark, Spotsylvania Brian Frazier, Martinsville

Brandon Freeman, Caroline Derrick Haskins, Wm. Fleming

Tee Jackson, Carroll County Ben Looney, Grundy

J.J. Martin Western Albemarle Jeff Paynter, Loudoun County

Marcus Travis, Blacksburg               Chris Tucker. Lord Botetourt


North Region: Darian Townes, 6-8, junior, T.C. William

NorthWest Region: J.J. Redick, 6-5, senior, Cave Spring

Central Region: Marcus Sailes, 6-4, senior, Varina

East Region: John Gilchrist, 6-2, senior, Salem

Redick demontrates 'classic' touch

Photo Courtesy of Cav91 WebSite

Other Triple A players to watch for:

Jay Athey, Annandale Dwayne Atkins, Armstrong

Brad Byerson, Thomas Dale Marquie Cooke, Nansemond River

Chris Copeland, Hermitage Antonio Fitzgerald, George Washington

Chris Goodin, R.E. Lee Nick Hartigan, W.T. Woodson

B.J. Johnson, Culpeper Rexon Kenley, Floyd Kellam

Jared Kubian, Oakton Brandon Ogelsby, Osbourn

Jeff Seveninghus First Colonial Deon Tynes, Hampton

Justin Wansley, Henrico Tyrice Watkins, Woodbridge

Talk about Rob's top players on the basketball messageboards!

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