Bradwell Institute boys’ basketball coach Rhett Hellgren lost a slew of veteran starters to graduation, but many players who played significant minutes last season return for this season.
The Tigers posted a 16-13 overall mark and a 10-4 Region 3-AAAAA record last year and made the first round of the state tournament, where Bainbridge beat them in a tight match.
Hellgren is evaluating his team to see who will be the next starting five and is looking to incoming seniors to fill leadership roles.
“Kendrick (Harris-Bennett) and Darrel (Hawkins) are returning seniors who will definitely need to step up,” Hellgren said, adding that his team is young.
The coach also said senior Donte’ Harris contributed valuable minutes to the team last season.
Hellgren said the underclassmen have been in his basketball system since he took over as the Bradwell head coach in 2012.
“We are working really hard, and this is a great group of kids,” he said. “Probably the best well-mannered kids that I’ve had … they are good kids and that is why we are here … it’s not about winning and losing all the time. It’s about the kids.”
Taking a look at upcoming region games, Hellgren said Coffee County will be a team to watch among several, while Camden County highlights the sub-region crossover games.
Bradwell opens the season next Friday by hosting Liberty County.