Hoops Season Is Here
Late November is always a great time of the year. Thanksgiving is on the horizon and so is the local high-school hoops season.
After not playing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I know our local teams are anxious and excited to hit the court.
The Park View boys and girls will open their season against cross-county rival Bluestone HS for one of the final two times on Monday evening. The teams will play their final basketball game against each other on January 20 in Skipwith.
The Dragons have a busy opening week playing at Southampton on December 1, at Sussex-Central on December 3 and the boys will play Jamestown in the Sussex-Central HS tournament on Saturday, December 4.
The Brunswick High School girls’ team will open the campaign at home against Prince Edward HS on November 29 while the boys will open the season on December 1 at home against Surry. The two teams will also play host to Windsor HS on December 3.
The college hoops season is underway and as usual, I think the ACC will be fun this season.
As Coach K takes a final tour in his hall-of-fame career, the biggest challenger for Duke in conference play looks to be old nemesis UNC led by first-year head coach Hubert Davis who succeeds hall of famer Roy Williams.
The Blue Devils are led by freshman Paolo Banchero who is projected to be the NBA’s top draft pick next spring.
Florida State and Virginia Tech could also challenge UNC and Duke for the top spot this season.
While Syracuse does not return a lot, they do have Buddy Boeheim back and that makes them dangerous for any opponent on any given night.
I am a big UVA fan but this is no doubt Virginia’s least experienced team in quite a few years.
The Cavaliers did land marquee transfers in Armaan Franklin and Jayden Gardner but it is hard to master a comprehensive scheme like the pack line defense over a summer.
UVA has struggled thus far this season and were walloped by Houston on the road last week. Coach Tony Bennett has certainly proven he is one of the masterminds in college basketball and I would never second guess him but I do think UVA will be in a work in process this season. The good news for the Hoos is that they have signed one of the top incoming classes in the country for next season.
I certainly hope each of you has a great Thanksgiving holiday filled with family and friends.
It has been such a tough time for so many of our friends and neighbors over the past 18 months during the pandemic and we will certainly be thinking about all of those that are hurting at this time.
There is also much to be thankful for and we take pause this week to count our blessings.