Posted On: 11/20/20 12:03 PM

Booker T. Washington will be without the services of Bryce ThompsonBryceThompson6'5" | CGBooker T. Washington | 2020State#15NationOK, Trey PhippsTreyPhipps6'1" | PGBooker T. Washington | 2020State#171NationOK or Jalen Breath this season. Coach Conley Phipps also called it quits following the 2020 season.

Regardless, first-year Hornets coach Eli Brown does not look at the 2021 season as a lost cause, but rather a new chapter in Booker T. Washington’s basketball history.

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"The expectation for me, as well as everyone else, is to go play for state," Brown said. "That may not seem like a legitimate expectation for what we lost. . . I see how people can gather that, but our success as a coaching staff is that we can get the most we can out of our players.

"I firmly believe that this team can make a push for the State Tournament," Brown said.

That push will start with Kam ParkerKamParkerPGBooker T. Washington | 2022StateOK and Ijai JohnsonIjaiJohnson6'1" | SGBooker T. Washington | 2022StateOK: the junior corps and only returning starters for the Hornets. Both were central in helping the Hornets to the 2019 Gold Ball, and their experience will be indispensable for Booker T. Washington’s

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