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The 2015-16 high school basketball season is underway and one look across the area shows a level playing field among the seven-team Mideastern Conference. After getting preseason forms back from local coaches, Hoggard and New Hanover look to be the early favorites to finish atop the league.

Ashley is coming off a strong showing in its first year under Coach Web Guthrie, while Laney brings back five seniors and four starters from last season. West Brunswick and North Brunswick both have size in the low post. South Brunswick brings a good work ethic to the gym each day, according to Coach Scott Wainwright, and Topsail is looking to make a move under new coach Jamie Rochelle.

Hoggard returns three of its top four players from last year, while New Hanover runs the floor with the ability to heat up from long range.

Bryston Davis.
Bryston Davis

Listed below are season outlooks for Mideastern Conference members and North Brunswick. Each coach talked about his team’s strengths, key returners and newcomers expected to make an impact this season.


Head Coach: Web Guthrie (2nd season)

Overall record: 12-13

2014-15 record: 7-5, 12-13

Team strengths: inside presence, athletic guards, good team chemistry

Key returners: Ryan Keller- great post presence, overall poise; Bryston Davis- versatility in the paint, with shot-making ability

Newcomers: Daitreon Daye, Qadhafi Turner, Omar Sharaf, Noah Surratt

Xavier Johnson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Xavier Johnson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams



Head Coach: Brett Queen (14th season)

Overall record: 239-122

2014-15 record: 10-2, 22-7

Team strengths: experience, size, shooting

Key returners: A.J. Frye- averaged 13.4 points per game, shot 63 percent from the field; Xavier Johnson- 9.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, blocked 50 shots; Jack Bagley- averaged 8.9 points per game, hit 59 three-pointers; Robert Wilkerson; Hunter Louthan; Walker Bateman; Charles Stanfield; Nick Bass; Patrick Morrison

Newcomers: Tyler Steinman, Keon Bradley, Rashod Wallace, David Hicks, Kalil Bryant



Photo courtesy- Laney Basketball
Photo courtesy- Laney Basketball


Head Coach: Nathan Faulk (4th season)

2014-15 record: 4-10, 9-14

Team strengths: experience with five returning seniors and four starters, depth

Key returners: Jordan John- school leader in three-pointers last season; Hunter Cook- runs the point guard position; Chris Bennett- key rebounder;  Marquan Miller- dynamic guard with attacking ability and improved shot; Tyler French- 6-foot, 11-inch post player; Micah Jones- improved outside shot, team leader

Newcomer: Sherod Sidbury


New Hanover 

Blake Smith, left and Coach Kirk Angel.
Blake Smith, left and Coach Kirk Angel

Head Coach: Kirk Angel (9th season)

2014-15 record: 9-3, 17-9

Team strengths: athletic, fast-paced play, youth

Key returners: Acchaeus Fields- senior leadership, athletic small forward; Blake Smith- shooter; Shaq Hampton- inside/out player; Ramello Williams- fluid guard; Freddie Taylor; Malique Jacobs- athleticism

Newcomers:  Wiz Vaughn, Nigel Hines


North Brunswick

Mitch Layton.
Mitch Layton

Head Coach: Tyler Grady (2nd season)

Overall record: 10-15

2014-15 record: 4-6, 10-15

Team strengths: quickness, work ethic, athletic, size

Key returners: Mitch Layton- senior leader, college prospect; Jaheed Cason- athletic; Isiah Neptune- most improved; Josh Brown- athletic, improved ball handling skills

Newcomers: Jathan Deberry, Thomas Jackson, Eddie Smith, Ian Hinson, Shaquan Graham, Tyree Johnson, D’Angelo Walker, Bison Hibbert


South Brunswick

Head Coach: Scott Wainwright (5th season)

Overall record: 21-64

2014-15 record: 0-12, 3-20

Team strengths: Youth, work ethic, togetherness

Key returners: Robby Watkins- physical forward; Brandon Gonzales- junior guard; Andrew Mosely- leading rebounder as a freshman, key first-year contributor; Xavier Williams- long and skilled, moved up to varsity after Christmas last season; Kareem Randolph; Quinton Reid; Keyshawn Jenkins; Shinar Fullwood

Newcomers: Mikkel Kelly, Caleb Clemmons, John Frandano


Ty Hill.
Ty Hill

West Brunswick

Head Coach: Eric Davis (5th season)

Overall record: 237-140

2014-15 record: 10-2, 25-4

Team strengths: speed, size, experience

Key returners: Ty Hill- point guard, three-year starter, scorer, 11 points per game last season; Tyler Stanley- athletic, lockdown defender; Jon Jordan- 6-foot, 9-inch center; Josh Woodard- 6-foot, 7-inch forward, rebounder, mid-range jump shot; Xavier Gause- 35-inch vertical, athletic, most improved; DaQuane Burgess- defender; Brien Hewett

Newcomer(s): Kaleb Hewett



Head Coach: Jamie Rochelle (1st season)

2014-15 record: 2-10, 7-17

Team strengths: experienced back court, shooters, physicality down low

Key returners: Drew Bagwell, defender, ball handler, three-year starter; Michael Dillion, outside shooter, rebounder; Alec Baker, high basketball IQ; Kodiak Dowling, midrange shooter, post player; Nathan Gilgo, finisher in the paint, runs floor well

Newcomers: Johnny Tartaglione, Clay Parker, Owen Ellis, D.J. Montano; Darden Veltholven