Abilene Christian School will field a young, inexperienced boys basketball team this season.
“We will be a young team that will have to execute every possession,” admitted Kevin Brooks, who is beginning his seventh year at the Panthers’ head boys basketball coach. “Our strength is we have great basketball IQ, but we are inexperienced.”
Even with that young team, Brooks expects the Panthers to contend for one of the top two spots in the district.
Elijah Gravitt, a 6’1” senior guard, is the only returning starter for Abilene Christian. He is the team’s top returning statistical leader in scoring, rebounding and assists.
Expected to step up for the Panthers are several young players, including 5’9” freshman guard Bryin Waggoner and 5’11” freshman guard JaColby Smith.
Abilene Christian School plays in District 1-2A of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools along with Lubbock All Saints Episcopal, Amarillo Ascension, Lubbock Christ the King, Lubbock Kingdom Prep and Lubbock Southcrest.
ACS, which has won five TAPPS state basketball championships in school history including 2012 and 2014, lost in the playoffs last year to Longview Trinity School.