The Richmond Register


November 27, 2013

H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL PRIEVIEW: Indians still team to beat in district

RICHMOND — The Madison Central boys are coming off of their magical postseason run last year that ended with a 32-5 record and the hoisting of the KHSAA Sweet 16 trophy in Rupp Arena.

Tournament heroes Dominique Hawkins, Ken-Jah Bosley, Quan Taylor, Daniel Parke and Hunter Stocker are no longer around.

Despite that, the Indians will still be a formidable opponent this time around.

“We’ll miss those guys, no doubt, but it’s not like the cupboard is bare,” Central coach Allen Feldhaus said. “We have some guys back like Demarcus George, Sam Jones and Coty Alexander who played quite a bit last year. And we have some talented younger players, they just don’t have any varsity experience.”

Feldhaus said he expects the 2013-14 Indians to be a lot more balanced on offense.

“Last year we had two or three people who did the majority of the scoring. This year we are going to have to spread it around. I think we have seven or eight guys who are going to have to share that responsibility,” Feldhaus said. “That’s a good thing. But when the game is on the line you need to know who you can go to and I don’t know who that is right now.”

George, Jones and Alexander will be counted on to account for much of the scoring from the perimeter as well as providing leadership for the younger guys.

George played quit a bit in every big tournament the Indians played in last year, while Alexander came off the bench to provide some quality minutes in George’s absence in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament last season.

Isaiah Johnson, an athletic 6-foot-3 wing player, who can play both the guard and forward spots, joined the team from Harlan, while senior Ross Ramsey, junior Kirk Humphrey and sophomore Cameron Thomas will also be counted on at the guard spots.

Feldhaus said he looks for some good things from Thomas this season.

“We’re expecting big things out of Cameron. We think he can really help us this year. He’s very athletic, he’s long and lean and looks like a player,” Feldhaus said.

Jones will be the mainstay in the middle, providing the muscle and inside presence that the Indians lost with the departure of Taylor and Stocker.

John Williams will be in the rotation as well and could very well end up being the Indians’ starting point guard, Feldhaus said.

Feldhaus said this year’s team has the potential to be a very good defensive team because of its length and speed.

The experience his younger players gained from the big tournament experience and playing against the departing seniors last year could be a big advantage this season.

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