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2013-14 Basketball Preview: New Slate for Trojans

By Thomas Sellers Jr.basketball Trojans

Jordan Browning

Jordan Browning

The Millington Trojans graduated a center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard and point guard…times two.
At the end of the 2012-13 season, Millington Head Coach Rob Sabau bid farewell to 10 seniors including standouts like DeCarlos Holmes, Jerick Newsome, Kelby Hollowell, El Paso Pitts and Willie Mudbone. All those players were a part of college teams this summer.
Graduating so much experience and talent, the first question most basketball experts have for Sabau, what do you have returning?
“I don’t know what we’re going to have,” he said. “I really do hope we’ll be better than we were last year (recordwise).”
Despite having 10 seniors, the Trojans finished in the middle of the pack of District 14-3A and missed out on Regionals. Throughout last season Sabau managed to mix in some underclassmen in the rotation like Jordan Browning, Roddarius Pitts, LaKeron “KeeBoo” Garcia and Julian Daughtry.
“Roddarius, Jordan and LaKeron all got varsity minutes last year,” Sabau said. “Jordan has been playing varsity since his freshman year. Then KeeBoo and Roddarius lodged some minutes last year. Julian got a few minutes here and there.
“Other than that we don’t have much varsity experience,” Sabai acknowledged. “But Coach Hudson has done a great job with the rest of that junior and senior class last year. I think we’re going to be much better at the end of the season than we are at the beginning.”
Sabau and the Trojan coaching staff have made the most of summer camps and practice time getting new varsity players like Nick Hunt and George Anderson time to gel.
All the player from JV to varsity are familiar with Sabau as he enters his fourth season as the man in charge.
“It’s very important to any program,” Sabau noted. “You want to show consistency and growth every year. Although our record didn’t reflect it, we showed some growth last year. And I thought even though we had a disappointing year, we showed we’re building this program up.
“Even though we lost 10 seniors, I expect good things this year,” he added. “With the consistency, the kids have known me since day one.”
To show signs of progress the Trojans will try to make it out of districts. Last season the Arlington Tigers beat Millington in the first round to advance. The Tigers will be back and are picked as the favorites to win the league.
Bolton is expected to be in the mix for the top spot. Bartlett and Cordova are back and look to take one of the top four spots. Kingsbury is the new team in the district replacing Craigmont.
“I got to think Arlington is the favorite,” Sabau said. “And Bolton is a favorite. I think we’re going to be up there in the mix. One thing that really helps this year, we’re hosting the district tournament. We get to host that on our floor.
“As far as what we need to do, we just need to keep getting better everyday,” he concluded. “We’re going to be smaller than some teams. We’ll be fine with height when it comes to some teams. But we just have to keep working and trying to get better to the point we’re playing our best ball at that district tournament.”

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