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Posted On: 06/26/18 8:18 AM
Tartan won 22 games a year ago and had the best statistical defense in Class AAAA. The leader is Antwan Kimmons, a point guard that has battled his way into regular EYBL minutes for the Howard Pulley Panthers.
So what does Antwan want to get out of the upcoming July events with the Panthers?
“Exposure,” Kimmons said. “We didn’t qualify for the Peach Jam, so now we want to show that we are still one of the most competitive teams in the country. If we can close July with multiple guys getting exposure and opportunities to play at the next level then this spring/summer season was a success.”
The Panthers played the 16 games in EYBL plus they played in Ames (IA) at the start of the year, competed in the Jayhawk Invite, and hosted their own event for a grand total of 22 wins in 34 games. All of it has been a great experience for Antwan.
“I don’t have one top moment, I think every moment I had I love it because I learned new things and what I need to do to get ready for the up and coming season for high school basketball.”
Kimmons led Tartan in scoring (20.2), rebounding (6.3), and assists (5) as a junior for a 22-5 Tartan team. The Titans are one of 12-13 squads in Class AAAA that you can mark down as a contender for the 2018-19 season.
“We’ll have four returning varsity players coming back,” Kimmons said about the Titans. “As far as the expectations for us, I expect us to be good and build on what we did last year. Tougher schedule this year but we’ll be ready to play every time we step on the court.”
The Titans put the state on notice this past weekend playing well at the Breakdown Summer State Tournament battling every team they played. Kimmons, Joseph Kearney, M’Akil Weems, and Dante Aganmwonyi are four experienced players back for the Titans.
When you play well for both the Howard Pulley Panthers and the Tartan Titans that traditionally means future success in high school and in college. Kimmons has interested schools at the next level.
“I’m hearing from Florida Gulf Coast, University of San Diego, Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee State, Idaho State, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota State, Missouri State, Towson, and Texas-Rio Grande Valley,” Kimmons said. “I will soon be going to Nebraska-Omaha for a camp and visit and to Missouri State for a visit.”