The Sussex Central boys' squad is looking to turn things around this year after winning only 5 games last season.
The Golden Knights were a scrappy team all season that fought to keep themselves in games last year. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough talent or size to compete with most of the elite teams in the Henlopen Conference. With their tallest player reaching only 6"2, the Golden Knights options on offense were limited. It also took a toll on the rebounding game, which swung game away from Central a lot of the time last season.
This season, the Golden Knights add 6"3 Rashad Kelly to the mix at Center. Along with forwards Joshua Oliphant, Marcus Isler and Daquon Johnson, the Central frontcourt should be much more balanced.
Also, with all juniors and seniors on the squad this season, it should make or a more polished group.
After winning only 4 games two seasons ago, the Golden Knights bounced back with a dramatic improvement last season, going 9-11. And even though it wasn't enough to clinch a playoff berth, it was a stepping stone toward building a winner for Sussex Central.
Losing only three seniors, the majority of last season's team is returning, including three freshmen who contributed last year in Jasmine Hudson, Taylor Pritchett and Jada Smack.
Of course, the core group is also returning, Khadijah Mackey, Shamirea Sheppard and Daizhane Turner will provide the senior leadership for the Knights.
Kevona Morgan, Desmonee Jacobs, Emily Truitt, Tatyana Jenkins and Lamesha Walker all find themselves on the roster this season looking to contribute as freshmen.
For some on the team, another season together can only help the growth of the team. The addition of some fresh young faces could also breathe the same kind of energy into the team as last season and perhaps may lead to an even bigger improvement.