Cougars looking for foundation to pad success in 2017-18 | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 23, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 22, 2017 at 8:14 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Coach Jacob Smith is set to begin his second year at the helm of the improving Cougar basketball program. Smith led the 2016-17 squad to a 15-10 overall record and posted a 7-3 record in Region 8-AAAA. The Cougars advanced to the playoffs, but were eliminated in a close game against a top-ranked Hartsville team (67-60).
The 2017-18 roster will be comprised of five returning starters and two reserves. According to Coach Jacob Smith, this year’s team will look to build upon last year’s success. “Our team is returning five starters and two reserves from a team that led Colleton County to their first winning season and playoff appearance since the 2005-06 season,” said Smith. “The foundation is in place now and our kids are starting to believe in themselves and each other. Our strengths this season will be experience and each other.”
Smith listed the following potential starters along with their game averages from last season: center, 6-5, Jerry Green (Sr.) 3.4 pts., 4.1 rebounds; forward, 6-2, Nyeem Green (Sr.) 13.4 pts., 8.2 rebounds; forward, 6-3, Javon Williams (Jr.) 4.6 pts., 3.4 rebounds; guard, 6-2, Tristian Nieves (Sr.) 13.pts., 2.9 rebounds and guard, 6-2, De’Iajae Ferguson (Sr.) 14.5pts., 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 steals.
Reserve players listed for significant impact included: forward, 5-11, Tyler Gantt (Sr.) 2.3 pts., 1.3 rebounds; guard, 5-10, Shykeem Chisolm (Jr.) 3.3 pts., 2 steals; and transfer forward from Union Grove High School in Georgia, 6-5, Bailey Encalade (Jr.)
Rounding out the Cougar roster will be Jeremiah Mosley, Tito Homes, Lance Calcutt, Zashaun Shider, Devon Farmer.