Posted On: 11/26/18 2:42 PM
As another high school season gets underway, it’s time to take a closer look at what to expect. In this series, we will be previewing various regions and classifications within the VHSL in an effort to highlight who we think are the top teams and prospects. Below we preview and predict Class 4, Region A.
Based out of the 757, this region has been one of the top regions in Class 4 for the past three years. The region has produced a representative from the last three state championships, with Lake Taylor winning it last year. This year, it looks wide open. Lake Taylor loses their top three guys to graduation from last year’s class, but rising junior Zyrail Mitchell looks like a late bloomer with player of the year candidate written all over him. Jamestown out of Williamsburg returns most of their top guys from last year and look to be competitive this year. Grafton and Smithfield are both experienced and well coached team that are never easy to beat, and Deep Creek features perhaps the most productive player in All-State forward Caleb Butts. However, King’s Fork looks like they’ll be a team to beat with a mix of returning starters and transfers that makes them our preseason pick for Class 4 Region A champions.
Region Champion: King’s Fork
Region POY: Caleb Butts | 6’4” PF | Deep Creek 2019
One of the most productive players in the state, Butts was First Team All State last year as a junior and has been a big reason that Deep Creek has become competitive in the 757 again. The 6’4” forward does a little bit of everything for the Hornets, but what he really does well is score and rebound the basketball. With his blend of size, mobility and touch, Butts is able to score from all over the court whether he has the ball in his hands or he’s working off the ball. His dominance in the paint and leadership is the reason he gets the edge here.
Caleb Butts | 6’4” PF | Deep Creek 2019
Tyler Chatman | 6’2” G | King’s Fork 2020
Zyrail Mitchell | 6’2” PG | Lake Taylor 2020
Daleon Gibson | 6’2” G | Lake Taylor 2019
Raekwon Britt | 6’4” WF | Denbigh 2019
Shareef Bynum | 6’1” WG | Churchland 2019
Colin Glavas | 6’3” WG | Jamestown 2020
Chris Brown | 6’4” WG | Jamestown 2021
Terry White | 5’8” PG | Grafton 2019