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‘Biggest rebuilding job’ lies ahead for Farragut boys hoops

This is the biggest rebuilding job Donald Dodgen said he’s ever faced in 13 seasons as Farragut boys varsity hoops head coach.

However, “This bunch plays harder than any bunch I’ve ever had,” Dodgen added. “And we’re going to be deeper on the inside than I’ve ever been here.

“But they’re not as talented as some of the other teams we’ve had.”

Only two Ads with significant, crunch-time varsity experience return, led by the only returning starter, senior point Jonathan Moore. Senior 6-foot-9 post Sam Watson was a top reserve. “They’re going to have to be the leaders,” Dodgen said. “Sam’s gotta control the inside, Jonathan’s gotta control the outside.

“Jonathan brings quickness, leaping ability, very good outside shooter and very good defender,” he added. “Jonathan has stood out scoring and playing defense.”

Watson “is very aggressive, rebounds well, shoots the ball pretty well. Also can step outside and shoot the three.”

Overall, “Defensively we’re where we want to be,” Dodgen said. “We’ve had three scrimmages [as of Nov. 9], and the most points scored on us has been 40 points.

“Offensively we’re still not where I want to be yet.”

A huge off-season find was 6-foot-10 post Ben Mixer, a senior transfer from Centennial where he was a back-up post. “Ben Mixer has been playing very well inside, both defensively and offensively.”

Wayman McLaughlin, Nate Clark, Landon Hunley and Zack Warnock “have been starting in different scrimmage games,” Dodgen said. “Nate Clark has really done a good job rebounding and scoring, Wayman McLaughlin really been playing well defensively, Landon Hunley has been playing well offensively and defensively, Zach Warnock’s been shooting the ball well from the outside.” Back-up point guard John Jester and junior guard Nathan Gibson look to contribute big. Senior forward Austin Bolen and junior forwards Reese Browning and DeAndre Purty are now with the FHS football team.


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