Nine players from Wren’s 2011 Region 1-AAAA championship boys basketball team graduated.
“It is not necessarily the youngest team that I have ever coached,” Wren coach Fran Campbell said. “However, it is definitely the most inexperienced team during my career.”
That says a lot when you consider the fact that Campbell has coached the Hurricanes for 29 years.
“None of my players have had significant experience,” Campbell said. “It has been a big adjustment for the current players and for me.”
Three seniors off last year’s championship squad are currently playing college ball, including Austin Anderson, already a key contributor at Presbyterian College.
Campbell took his team to see Anderson’s PC squad play Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Nov. 12.
“Austin started all four years for us at point guard,” said Campbell. “Hopefully the kids were able to see that hard work pays off.”
Guard Jordan Phillips leads the Hurricanes in scoring (14 points per game) and 3-pointers.
Michael Stone leads the team with an average of 7.5 rebounds per game. Shooting guard Jared Swanely is the team’s second-leading rebounder.
Cam Gilreath has returned to the Hurricanes after missing most of last season because of a football injury. Jacob Clary, Wren’s starting quarterback, missed the first five games of the basketball season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
Several of Campbell’s players have missed games because of the flu. He hopes to have the bulk of his squad healthy within the next couple of weeks.
“It has been a bit of a struggle so far,” Campbell said. “We have lost several close games, including two in overtime.”
The Hurricanes will compete in a holiday tournament Thursday through Saturday in Panama City, Fla..
“I hope that the four days that we get to spend together will help the team build continuity,” Campbell said. “We have been making progress. I’m hoping that the tournament will help us become a better team and get everyone on the same page.”