Posted On: 12/2/19 12:56 PM
The season has finally arrived! Let’s take a look at the biggest games of the first week of the 2019-2020 season:
Monday, December 2nd:
Collins vs North Laurel (at Transylvania) – Potential 2020 Mr. Basketball Dayvion McKnight and potential All-state shooting guard Marcellus Vail take on the freshman tandem of Reed Sheppard and Ryan Davidson. North Laurel beat Henry Clay in a scrimmage last week and could be a sleeper in Coach Nate Valentine’s first season at the helm.
University Heights at Murray – Like after KyKy Tandy starts for UHA in a matchup of “All A” teams. Junior KJ Crump should be fully healthy and ready to roll for the Blazers while Murray has a younger team led by Seniors Darius Duffy, Hunter Utley and Tommy Waldrop.
Woodford County at Paul Laurence Dunbar – Formerly an 11th region rivalry, Woodford now makes the trip to Lexington as a member of the 8th region. Sophomores Zach Carter, Robby Todd, Tim Hall and Lionel Kumwimba are a tough quartet for the Dogs while Seniors Jared Courtney, Anthony Tabor and Ashton Myles-Devore form a nice backcourt trio for the Jackets.
Tuesday, December 3rd:
West Jessamine at Great Crossing – Great Crossing officially launches the basketball program as they play host to the visiting Colts. Jaylen Barber is the anchor down low for the Warhawks while West Jess is led by Junior DeAjuan Stepp.
Eastern at Jeffersontown – The point guard matchup of Christian Spalding against Jaylen Fairman should be a great one while James Jewell goes to battle against transfer Trevis Oglesvy down low. J-Town has at least 4 transfers on the roster this season. This battle of 6th and 7th region contenders should be fast paced and fun to watch.
Bowling Green at Madisonville-North Hopkins – Big time game between two teams who could make the Sweet 16 in a few months. Kenny White and Ksuan Casey lead a group of Maroons who are determined to repeat as regional champs while the Purples are looking to Isaiah Mason and Jacobi Huddleston to lead a good Junior class out of the 4th region.
Bardstown at Marion County – Marion County’s Jamison Epps, Mason Sullivan and Tyshay Epps go head to head with Bardstown’s JJ Traynor, JaRel Montgomery and Tereylin Calbert in a game between two teams with regional title aspirations in the 5th.
Wednesday, December 4th:
Fern Creek at Ballard – Athletes galore in this matchup. Jaden Rogers, Darrius Washington and Zek Mongtomery all hold D1 offers heading into their Junior seasons while Ballard will be without a couple of key pieces as Rashad Bishop is out with a broken wrist and Maker Bar is still ineligible.
Covington Catholic at Lexington Catholic – The latest version of Covington Catholic makes their first appearance of the year as they have added a couple of transfers in Walker Horn and Noah Hupmann. Horn is the son of the new NKU coach Darrin Horn and Hupmann is a 7 footer who enrolled at Covington Catholic over the summer. Lexington Catholic will counter with Ben Johnson and Luke Wedding.
Thursday, December 5th:
Central Hardin at South Oldham – South Oldham was one of the highest scoring teams in the state last year. Seniors Luke Morrison and Seth Johnson have their sights set on Rupp Arena in March while Central Hardin is hoping to so the same. Gavin George and Chase Elmore are a tough guard duo for the Bruins. This is a game that could get into the 80s or higher.
Franklin County at Spencer County – Franklin Senior Joe Meador looks to keep improving after a big AAU season while Spencer has every intention of competing for an 8th region championship after falling in the regional semis last season. Sam Conley, Matt Whitlock and Lucas Hornback are back to lead the Bears as Juniors.
Friday, December 6th:
Madisonville-North Hopkins at Marshall County – Zion Harmon’s quest for a second state title brings him up against Madisonville as part of the annual Marshall County Hoopfest.
Campbell County at George Rogers Clark – One of the best rivalries in the 10th region over the last couple of years will look a lot different after both teams were hit hard by graduation. GRC will rely on Jared Wellman, Lincoln Bush and Jerone Morton while the Camels are led by Jordan Gross and Dane Hegyi.
PRP at Holy Cross (Covington) – The Panthers make the trip to northern Kentucky to do battle with Coach Grammer’s squad. The point guard battle between Jacob Meyer and James Taylor at the point guard spot should be fun to watch as the freshman from Scott goes head to head with the Senior from PRP.
Beechwood at Simon Kenton – Two of the state’s best Juniors play as Scotty Draud of Beechwood and Kelly Niece from Simon Kenton will look to light up the scoreboard. Niece is recovered from a torn ACL suffered in April while Draud missed a large portion of the summer with mono. With both back healthy, this game should be a good one.
Saturday, December 7th:
Several events take place all across the state. Including:
- BGO Classic at Lexington Christian
- Buffalo Wild Wings Shootout at Pike County Central
- Corky Cox Classic at LaRue County
- Domino’s Tip-Off Classic at Campbellsville
- Griffin Elite Classic at NKU
- Kentucky Bank Classic at Paris
- Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at Central Hardin
- Legacy Nissan Classic at North Laurel
- Marshall County Hoopfest
- McCray Feed Classic at Mercer County
- The Showcase at George Rogers Clark