Green Run Stallions Head coach Kenneth Harris will enter his 9th season at the helm of the Hampton Roads winningest public school program during his tenure. His Stallions have hovered right around 20 wins a year and have had only one losing season since he became head coach, that was his first season in 2010-2011 when they went 8-14. Coach Harris’ teams are 147-51 during his tenure according to MaxPreps. With the return of All State guard Ashley James and a strong supporting cast it’s a good bet they will flirt with another 20 win season and another regional playoff bid. James, an electrifying 6’3 senior guard who has DI and DII interest brings great energy and routinely wows the crowd with spectacular finishes at the rim. He will likely reach the 1,000 point plateau later in the season and gives the Stallions a strong and steady playmaker and reliable point producer on an otherwise young team of former role players poised and confident and ready to continue the winning Stallions basketball tradition. One of those former role players and now a key figure is 5’10 sophomore guard Jacob Cooper who did a fantastic job last season and has tremendous potential as a playmaker. Jacob is a scrappy and skilled floor general with a high IQ, solid handle and sound passing skills. His quick starts and stops and ability to stop on a dime knock down pull up jumpers with very good consistency make him a difficult player to defend. He’s also a hard nosed, quick footed defender that gives any opposing ball handlers reason to cringe. Inside the Stallions will look to another inexperienced but competent player with huge upside in bouncy and ultra athletic 6’4 sophomore shot blocking sensation George Wilson. Wilson enters his sophomore season already having been offered by Hampton University and also brings a ton of energy which, combined with his strength and athleticism makes him an impact front court presence. George can finish around the rim, step outside and knock down shots or use the dribble and attack on a straight line. He has a chance to be an all conference player this year! 6’3 junior wing Karree Smith reruns to Green Run after a year at LeJeune High School in Camp LeJeuene, NC where he earned all conference honors while averaging 20 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest. Karree is a rangy, explosive athlete who will impact the game on both ends of the floor. He’s very talented and should draw college interest this season from DII and perhaps D1 coaches. A player I think is going to have a big season is 6’2 senior guard Devonte “Bruce” Griffin. Bruce is a very good shooter in catch and shoot with three point range. Off the dribble he can score going to the rim using hang dribbles and change of speed and his strong frame to create space. He’s also a very good passer and really has a great feel and instincts especially defensively off the ball where he is superb with his anticipation in passing lanes. 6’1 senior guard Aiymaris Elliott is a physical playmaker who can attack the rim and punish defenders, moves well off the ball and can knock down three pointers when set. He’s active off the ball and has to be accounted for as he scores on basket cuts and also does a great job on the offensive glass. A guy who sets the tone on the defensive end off the bench is scrappy and super athletic 5’9 junior guard Daitron Walker. Also a corner back and wide receiver on the Green Run football team, Daitron is a fearless competitor who battles on every possession. Also has a nice handle and can create offense for himself and for teammates with his dribble penetration. Look for solid production inside from 6’4 two sport star Lakeem Rudolph. Lakeem is a wide receiver on the football team and is a physical and quick inside presence on the basketball court. He’s quick off his feet and has a nose for the basketball. Potential high volume rebounder who finishes shots around the rim and has the athleticism and lateral quickness to be a multi positional defender. A few players new to the varsity scene but known commodities on the basketball courts at the JV level and in AAU who give Stallions fans a lot to be excited about are 6’5 sophomore forward Malachi Mayo and 6’1 sophomore Elijah Kennedy. Malachi is long and athletic with double/double potential. He can hit the 15 footer and use his rangy strides to get to the rim. He is a very good repeat jumper and battles inside gobbling up rebounds and finishing second shot opportunities. He is instinctual defensively, capable of defending inside and in space and can get you a couple steals per game jumping passing lanes. Here’s a game changer who is going to be really impactful for the Stallions, 6’1 sophomore Elijah Kennedy. A super athletic guard, really excels in transition and can negotiate his way through traffic enduring contact and finishing. His upside is tremendous! The Stallions do a great job developing their talent at the JV and varsity level and also benefit from the middle schools that feed the program and have also enjoyed great success over the years. Coach Harris has instilled a culture of high expectations and accountability. His teams compete and are always a close knit group as a result of preseason military style camps designed not only for team bonding but also building physical and mental toughness. It is why even with few returning impact players, I expect the Stallions to produce another 18-20 win season and punch a ticket to the post season.