WALNUT HILLS – In basketball, the letter “T” represents something undesirable.
At Walnut Hills High School, boys coach Ricardo Hill feels his “T’s” are tremendous. MaCio Teague and Caleb Tregre are T’s who have led the Eagles to a lot of W’s.
The senior guards are the team’s top scorers despite facing gimmick defenses designed to stop them. Teague tops the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in scoring and is one of the top rebounders at 6-foot-3. He can go more than 30 points at any time and is among the most accurate three-point shooters in the area.
Tregre also hits in double figures, is second in the ECC in assists and is one of the league leaders in field goal percentage.
Teague and Tregre are Walnut’s best one-two punch since Isaiah Johnson and D.J. Wingfield. Johnson plays at Akron with Hill’s son, Ricardo Jr.; Wingfield is at Ohio University.
“They are two completely different players,” Hill said of the comparison. “The key ingredient to all of them is their tenacity to win. You can’t find that in a lot of players. Those four definitely have it.”
Teague is being pursued by mid-major schools and is waiting until spring to make a college decision.
“I look at a school like Cincinnati that’s having trouble with outside shooting and wonder why they’re not all over him,” Hill said. “He can play at any level. Everyone keys on him every single game and he still scores at an efficient clip. Nobody can guard this kid.”
Tregre has had several Division II suitors.
“Both will play high-level college basketball and their parents won’t have to write a check for it,” Hill said.
The Eagles also have four freshmen and two sophomores on the roster also seeing minutes. Two of the ninth-graders, 6-foot-5 Omari Peek and 6-foot-4 Cory Davis, are third and fourth in scoring, respectively. Peek is the son of former University of Cincinnati football and basketball player Antwan Peek, who also played for the NFL Texans and Browns.
To cover both sides of the Crosstown Shootout in DNA, 6-foot-3 Walnut sophomore Michael Davenport is the son of Michael Davenport, the former Xavier Musketeer.
In the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, Walnut Hills is after their third-straight title, having won outright in 2013 and shared it with Kings and Turpin last year. This season, Milford and Kings appear to be Walnut’s chief competition.
“It’s a good league,” Hill said. “It’s competitive when you go to anyone’s gym. It looks like it will come down to us three.”
In an early season loss at Elder, Walnut Hills played without point guard Tregre, who was ill. At full strength, they are young on the whole, but dangerous.
“We should be pretty competitive going forward, even after our two studs leave,” Hill said. “We have more younger players on the freshman and JV team that will be contributing, as well as our junior high team. We’re getting pretty loaded.”
On the menu ahead is a road game at Loveland Jan. 16, then a trip north to Trent Arena Jan. 19 to play Piqua out of conference.