The Coleman boys basketball team went three rounds deep in the playoffs a year ago, finishing 18-14 overall and earning District 8-2A’s top spot in the postseason. Coleman coach Cameron Lowman believes his Bluecats will be a contender for the district title again this season.
“We will be bigger, better defensively and more experienced,” said Lowman. “Our team strengths are size, shooting and athleticism.”
The Bluecats return eight lettermen and three starters, led by 5’10” senior guard Braxton Smith. He averaged 16.9 points and 4.8 assists per game.
“Braxton is an excellent shooter and ball handler,” Lowman added. “He runs the offense and is a good defender as well.”
Ryland Gentry, a 6’1” senior forward, averaged 6.6 caroms per game as Coleman’s top rebounder.
“Ryland is a really good leader, rebounder and defender,” Lowman continued.
Coleman had both depth and size. Other key returning players for the Blucats include 6’4’ senior forward Jordan Bell, 5’10” junior guard Jadin Jackson, 6’4” junior forward Hunter Lackey, 6’1” senior forward David Navarro, 6’4” junior forward Blaze Hronek and 5’10” senior guard Hogan Johnson.
“Hronek is a high energy rebounder and defender and provides scoring off the bench,” Lowman said.
Coleman is the favorite to claim the title in District 8-2A, which includes Bangs, Colorado City, Miles, Roscoe and Winters.