Apprentice School basketball preview
Last year: 12-13
The opener: Nov. 10 at Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Five games to watch: Nov. 15 vs. Virginia University (Lynchburg); Dec. 6 vs. University of Mary Washington; Jan. 13-15 in MLK Classic; Feb. 11 vs. Southern Virginia; Feb. 20 vs. Maine-Fort Kent.
THE BUZZ: Senior Isaih Harrison (6-foot-6 forward from Denbigh High School) and junior Tevin Andrews (6-foot-5 guard from Brundidge, Ala.) will be the dynamic duo for a veteran Apprentice School men's team as both are returning U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association All-Americans. Harrison averaged 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to earn his second All-American honor, while Andrews averaged 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in earning his first honor.
The Builders have a schedule not quite as brutal as last year when they started with their first 14-games on the road. That plus returning almost 85% of their scoring from last season, should make for a visit to the USCAA National Championships in Uniontown, Pa., in March.
Coach: Lanica Williams-Tallon (53-48 in 4 years at Apprentice)
Last Year: 18-9 (7th place at USCAA Nationals)
The opener: Nov. 11 at University of Pittsburgh-Titusville
Five games to watch: Dec. 4 vs. Methodist; Dec. 14 vs. Averett; Jan. 8 vs. St. Joseph's-Brooklyn; Jan. 14 vs. Briarcliffe College; Feb. 21 vs. Virginia University (Lynchburg).
THE BUZZ: An extremely balanced Lady Builders squad will take the floor after losing one of its top five scorers from a team that had seven players average from seven to almost 11 points per game last year. Sophomore Courtney Collins is the leading scorer from last year as she earned USCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors averaging 10.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Phoebus graduate Denise Hamilton and Hampton graduate Tamara Davis are in that top seven scorer mix as Hamilton averaged 10.2 points and Davis averaged 9.5 points and a team best 8.6 rebounds per game. With nine returning players, plus a strong recruiting class to help bolster depth in the post, a return trip and deep run in the USCAA National Championship in Uniontown, Pa., in March is not out of the question.