Posted On: 11/29/18 2:12 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 C.
Loudoun Valley, Handley, Woodgrove, Millbrook
Based west of the DMV, Class 4 Region C ranged from Loudoun County over to Winchester and has been super competitive since the realignment this way. Two seasons ago, Loudoun Valley claimed the championship in 2016, and Handley out of Winchester took Lake Taylor all the way down to the wire, losing in overtime in the best state championship of the year. The area has been dominated by the same few teams in the past year, and we’re expecting much of the same this year. Millbrook returns three of their top players and looks like they’ll be the toughest competition for Handley in the area. While Loudoun Valley lost former state player of the year Jordan Miller, expect junior Trent Dawson to be one of the best guards in the region. With all that being said, if we had to pick one to win it would be Handley to repeat as region champion this year. Yes, they lose region Player of the Year Mike Brown along with Gus Wise, but the Judges return two starters in D’Andre James and Kevin Curry and sixth man Sam Wise. They’ve been there before, they have tons of experience and are one of the best coached teams in the area as well.
Region Champion: Handley
Region POY: D’Andre James | 6’3” G | Handley 2019
It’s really going to be interesting to see who from Handley will be the go-to guy, but my best guess was James. The 6’3” guard is going to be the one they go to down the stretch when they need a bucket. He has a big, strong frame and he can get downhill and get to the basket, and he has the ability to knock down the midrange off the bounce. While they’ll have a balanced attack, James is likely going to be the guy that leads them in scoring and will be the leader for them as well.
Sam Wise | 6’4” G | Handley 2019
D’Andre James | 6’3” G | Handley 2019
Kevin Curry | 6’5” PF | Handley 2019
Jordan Jackson | 5’9” PG | Millbrook 2020
Jalen Tyson | 6’5” PF | Millbrook 2019
Ben Heflin | 5’9” PG | Kettle Run 2019
Trent Dawson | 6’0” PG | Loudoun Valley 2020