West Georgia Tech will rely heavily on its four Sophomore guards. Rodney Thomas started all but one game in his inaugural season, averaging 6.5 points per game, while leading the Knights in 3 pointers made (34). Expect those numbers to rise as he brings an improved overall package this season. Christian Haye looks to regain his 2016-17 form in which he was averaging over 15 points per game before suffering a season ending knee injury. The teams' best on the ball defender should see his point production boost back up after only averaging 3 points per game coming back from the injury. Jahir Joyner transfers in from Andrew College. He averaged almost 4 points per game while seeing 17 starts. He'll see plenty of playing time at both guard positions, and at 6"4, will be a tough point guard matchup for most teams. However, his length, coupled with is offensive and defensive diversity will allow him to slide to the forward positions, giving the Knights plenty of lineup options. 6"5 small guard Kameron Hickey transfers in from nearby Lagrange College. Hickey is an explosive offensive player, able to score the ball from all different levels on the floor. He'll be relied on heavily to put up big numbers right away.
The Newton County trio of Juwan Johnson, Tyler Glover, and Shawn Butler lead the talented group of newcomers. Coming from one of the most successful High School programs in the state, they bring a wealth of experience. The 6"4 Johnson is a dynamic guard/ wing, who will make a major impact on both ends of the floor. Glover will be one of the teams' ball handlers and playmakers. Butler is a 6"6 Forward, who has a chance to start right away and has the potential of being a consistent double-double player down the road.
The backcourt has a great future with a solid recruiting haul. Joshua Archer comes in after a highly successful career at Heritage Conyers High School. He averaged 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. Latrell Swanigan averaged 17 points per game for a 24-3 Villa Rica team. His ability to score in a variety of ways, should lead to similar numbers this season. 6"3 Nick Parks comes from Newnan High School. He averaged 15 points per game in a tough 2AAAAAAA region. 6"4 Evan Brown from Ola High School could develop in a real sleeper, his combination of length and skill. Jalen Leonard averaged 15 points per game for Manchester High School, and will be one of the top perimeter shooters.
Kemon Williams and Bevon Wray will bolster the frontcourt. Williams is a 6"6 explosive athlete, but also brings a polished perimeter game. Wray plays much bigger than his 6"5 frame suggests, but knows how to use his body to gain advantage in the post and on the boards. Both will need to play a big role for the Knights to have a successful campaign. Energetic 6"3 forward Winston Jefferson completes the newcomers. With the tools to be an all-region defensive player, he could continue to find his way into the lineup.
The combination of skill and length at the guard and wing positions could become the story of the season. Having a handful of players 6"4 and over that can shoot, dribble, explode down the floor, and defend multiple positons, coupled with smart, pass first point guards, the Knights will be a matchup problem all over the floor. If the frontcourt can hold its own as it has the potential to do, it should be an exciting season in Carrollton.