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Old 10-02-14, 02:27 PM
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GCL South 2014-15

Looking ahead to the 2014-15 season what does everyone think will happen? Here's a recap of last year..

1st - Moeller Crusaders (24-2 Overall, 6-0 GCL South)

Notable Losses:
#15 6'2" SG Grant Benzinger (16 ppg, 4 rpg, 2 apg) *GCL & City POY
#14 6'8" PF Jack Anton (11 ppg, 7 rpg, 1 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#11 5'9" PG Tre' Hawkins (8 ppg, 3 rpg, 4 apg) *1st Team GCL
#21 6'6" SF Adam Gigax (6 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg)

Key Returners:
#51 6'9" PF/C Nate Fowler (12 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 apg) *1st Team GCL
#4 5'10" SG Chris Bucher (2 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg)
#3 5'11" PG Kevin Kerley (2 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 2 apg)

From Roger Bacon - #12 6'0 SG Trey McBride (7 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg) *eligible immediately
From Sycamore - #31 6'1" PG/SG Kenneth Wead (10 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg) *sits out first half of the season

The Crusaders had a very successful season winning a GCL title, Division I State AP Poll championship, district championship, and finished Regional runner-up. Their only losses came to Providence (Florida) where Duke commit Grayson Allen scored 30 points and against Trotwood-Madison in the tournament where they blew a 16 point 4th quarter lead. They obviously lose a lot. Four starters graduating where about 40 ppg of their total 62 ppg came from last season. This years team will be led by seniors however Fowler is the only one that's played significant varsity minutes. I believe he's without a doubt the best player in the league and probably in the running for city player of the year as well. This may be considered a "down year" for the Crusaders, but there's no doubt this team will play hard all 32 minutes of the game on both ends of the floor. If some others guys can step up offensively in addition to Fowler, this team should still compete for a third consecutive GCL title.

2nd - Elder Panthers (17-7 Overall, 4-2 GCL South)

Notable Losses:
#33 6'5" PF/C Devin Pike (12 ppg, 7 rpg, 1 apg)* 1st Team GCL
#3 5'11" PG/SG Thomas Autenrieb (5 ppg, 2 rpg, 3 apg)

Key Returners
#22 6'0" SG Brad Miller (16 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg) *1st Team GCL
#12 6'3" SF/PF Peyton Ramsey (8 ppg, 5 rpg, 2 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#25 5'11" SG Frankie Hofmeyer (7 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg)
#23 5'9" PG Joey Sabato (3 ppg, 1 rpg, 3 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#32 6'5" C Mitch Moorhead (3 ppg, 2 rpg)

Elder basketball had their best season in several years in '13-'14 and look to improve on their efforts this season. They played Moeller in two very close games last season and even took them to double-overtime at the Pit. They had big wins against teams like Lakota West, Roger Bacon, LaSalle (2x), and finished as a district runner-up. Pike was a key piece of last years team, but losing him shouldn't hurt them much. Miller is without a doubt the best shooter in the GCL this season while Hofmeyer is talented as well. Ramsey and Moorhead will a talented and experienced frontcourt while Sabato is the probably the 2nd best ball defender in the league (Tough to beat out Jeremy Larkin). I think this team has what it takes to bring a GCL title back to Price Hill.

3rd - LaSalle Lancers (18-6 Overall, 2-4 GCL South)

Notable Losses:
#5 5'11" PG Jeff Larkin (13 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#12 6'2" SF Tim Bell (11 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#15 6'7" C Blake Simpson (4 ppg, 8 rpg, 1 apg) *2nd Team GCL
#0 5'11" SG Kory Porter (3 ppg, 1 rpg)

Key Returners:
#11 5'11" PG/SG Jeremy Larkin (11 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg)*Def. POY & 1st Team GCL
#25 5'11" SG C.J. Fleming (10 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg)*2nd Team GCL
#35 6'0" SF/PF Donte Buycks (4 ppg, 2 rpg, 1 apg)
#33 6'4" C Jordan Thompson (2 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg)

Because Jeff Larkin's ACL injury from football that kept him out of the first half of the season it was tough to say how the team was going to fare. But, they started 11-1 with several great games including big wins over Middletown and Withrow. Late in the season they beat the likes of Walnut Hills and Roger Bacon. They lost in the district final to Trotwood-Madison by one point, just as Moeller did. They do lost a lot in the class of seniors that graduated from back court to front court but they do return experience as well. Larkin and Fleming might be the best back court duo in the GCL South this season and Thompson is a force of a role player in the paint. LaSalle will win several games this season simply by out-hustling and out-defending the opposition. They may not look like the pre-season favorite on paper but you can never ever count out a team coached by Dan Fleming.

4th - St. Xavier Bombers (9-13 Overall, 0-6 GCL South)

Notable Losses:
#22 6'7" SF/PF Roderick Mills (19 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 apg) *1st Team GCL
#4 6'3 PG/SG Colin Smith (5 ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg)
#10 6'0" PG Trey Lampley (4 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg)
#30 6'5" PF/C Elliot Lang (3 ppg, 4 rpg, 1 apg)
#32 6'5 PF/C Zach Schmucker (3 ppg, 2 rpg, 1apg)

Key Returners:
#12 5'9" PG/SG Sam Martin (4 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg)
#52 6'1" SG Jack Westerfield (4 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg)
#24 6'4" SF James Heskett (4 ppg, 1 rpg)

'13-'14 was a disappointment for the Bombers and it might be every worse this season. This team's entire offense revolved around Mills last season (who could have been in the running for GCL POY but an 0-6 league record hurt him). Now without him their offense will hurt. Along with this senior class goes a lot of height from this program as well. However Martin, Westerfield, and Heskett have no problem knocking down the open shot from three point range. They will lack size inside and it will hurt them against these other GCL South teams. I think anything over a .500 overall record would be outstanding for this year's team.

All of this being said I think there will be good balance in the GCL South this season. Expect almost every game to be a dogfight and they will surely be fun to watch. My prediction for how the GCL South will play out in the '14-'15 season is..

1st - Elder (5-1)
2nd - Moeller (4-2)
3rd - LaSalle (3-3)
4th - St. Xavier (0-6)

What do you all think?

Last edited by alphabetagamma; 10-03-14 at 09:12 AM.
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