Youth movement underway for Laurel Hill boys

Tamaria Calloway

Laurel Hill’s Tamaria Calloway tries to get a shot past a S.L. Jones defender on Nov. 15 during play in the Gator Preseason Basketball Classic at Baker.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Veteran Laurel Hill boys basketball coach Kent Zessin will have his hands full this year with one of the youngest Hobo teams in recent memory.

“This is one of the youngest teams I’ve had,” Zessin said. “There were a couple of years in 2003 and 2005 that I only had one senior, but this year I have three. I actually am only returning three players that have any kind of game experience.”

The three Hobo seniors are Garrett Alford, Tommy Calloway and Matt Lewellyn. Calloway is the lone one of the three who’s seen real playing time.

Lane Strickland and Tamaria Calloway, Tommy’s brother, are the other two players with significant game experience.

Zessin has been around long enough to know that having a young team doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a rough season.

“We had some pretty good years, those years we had just one senior,” he said. “One year, I think we ended 29-2. And I think Brad’s (Reese, now playing professionally in Europe) junior year we were 25-4 or something like that. Of course, having Brad helped us a bunch.”

 “It’s just like any other year,” he said. “You want to make sure the fundamentals are taught and being done correctly, because that’s your future. The sooner you get that foundation built, the sooner you can start doing more things.

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