1. The debut of Bishop McGuinness

Coach Thompson and his squad played their first two games this week and these guys found out some things on the floor.

It was the debut of transfers Jake Ledbetter and Cam Caroway. Ledbetter is a combo guard with a saucey handle and a cannon from logo range.

Ledbetter is efficient in the pick N roll, he makes good decisions with the rock and Ledbetter is an accurate passer. Ledbetter really caught fire in the Villians second game , the kid put up 20 points in one half.

Caroway will provide some length and versatility with his skill set, at 6'6 Caroway can play on the wing or serve as a stretch four in this offense. Caroway is a shot maker; he's improved the handle, and Caroway found success in the paint. Caroway is an improving shot blocker and that could be valuable to this group moving forward.

Point guard Mac Alexander could be somewhat of an x-factor in the backcourt, his presence allows Ledbetter to roam and play off ball when needed. Alexander can create off the dribble and really open up the floor for these other guys to operate.

2. Southern Guilford may take a step forward

The Storm put together a solid campaign last year (17-10, 9-3), but the season ended abruptly in the early rounds of the playoffs.

A year later this group looks ready to make some serious noise in the 3A division, a potential three headed monster is currently forming for Coach Fancourt's crew. 6'4 2019 Tyler Dearman will be the tip of the spear; Dearman is one of the top unsigned rising seniors in the state scoring wise, offensively Dearman can score the ball from all three levels, from deep Dearman is a heat check waiting to happen he's a streaky shooter in rhythm, Dearman is also an effective slasher at a long 6'4.

Earlier this week I watched him put 45 points on a BCBA select team comprised of three bonafide division one prospects in the backcourt. Dearman has proven he's willing to buy in on the defensive side of the ball as well. Along with Dearman there are 2019's Julius Burch and Mitajj Cooper.

Burch is an extremely versatile defender capable of guarding the perimeter or playing inside against bigger forwards. Burch is an athletic wing with an impressive wingspan, he utilizes that length on both sides. Burch is tough off the drive and even stretched the D with a couple made threes this week, this group will need Burch to keep that same energy on offense.

Cooper is the the third cog that could push this team to another level, his shot making ability could really offer needed relief for Dearman. Cooper can get hot quick; aside from the range Cooper can create off the dribble and got into the lane for looks at the rim. This guy might be depended on to step into a much bigger role than a year ago.

3. We saw the potential fire power of this offense come together

With limited practice time the Cougars haven't had much time to get all their new guys together on the floor.

Up against a tough Select squad HPCA came together and got an impressive performance from their present core. David Butler, Landon Sutton, Jalen Joiner, Andrew Riggs, and Drew Greene.

Joiner came out and shot the ball at a high percentage, he worked to establish himself early in the contest. Joiner did well off ball he was ready to catch and shoot coming off screens, Joiner was aggressive on the defense side as well.

Butler stepped up big time at the point guard position for the banged up KJ Garrett on both ends. Butler showed great poise and confidence running the offense, Butler moved the ball well and limited turnovers. Butler is one of the top perimeter defenders on the team, you get the sense Butler takes it as a personal mission to shut his opponent down.

Sutton will have to be the staple of consistency for this entire group to flourish, his leadership and experience will be vital. Sutton is a marksman from deep; Sutton has a quick release and he only needs a smidge of space to pull, Sutton got open looks in transition he understands floor spacing, Sutton has also gotten a lot stronger at the cup.

Greene is known for his shooting but he also found space in transition, Greene will beat his man off cuts to the basket if the defense falls asleep at the three point line. The basketball I.Q. and play recognition is next level, Greene also contributed a tough effort on the boards.

Riggs is a swiss army knife he can play the two-four for this team depending on the situation, Riggs is a high motor kid he was active on the boards and Riggs will scrap for all the 50/50 balls. Riggs brings grit to the lineup defensively and, his shooting ability is a nice plus for the Cougars to boot.