Posted On: 03/15/21 10:30 AM

It’s been a week and a couple of days since Goodpasture (Division II-A) and Montgomery Bell Academy (Division II-AA) were crowned champions inside Hooper Eblen Center.

Now, it’s time to look into the 2021-22 season.

Yeah, it’s early and rosters could change from now until the start of next season, but it’s always fun to visualized teams that have a chance to celebrate a championship.

Championship contenders in DII-A


Key losses: Joshua Ward Joshua Ward 6'1" | PG FACS | 2021 State TN

Key returnees: Kobe Wilkes Kobe Wilkes 6'0" | PG FACS | 2022 State TN , Corey Savage Corey Savage 6'0" | SG FACS | 2022 State TN , T.J. Thomas T.J. Thomas 6'1" | SG FACS | 2022 State TN and Daniel Egbuniwe Daniel Egbuniwe 6'6" | SF FACS | 2022 State TN

The Crusaders will have a senior-led team in 2021. This group has been playing together for a long time, so the chemistry is there. The seniors played in the DII-A State Championship game as sophomores and reached the elite eight as juniors. Wilkes, Savage and Thomas are unselfish, moves the ball well and can knock down shots from 3. Egbuniwe is a 6-foot-7 wing that can play the three and four. His ball handles improved in his junior season. Egbuniwe played with an edge in 2020 that will be needed in 2021.


Key losses: none

Key returnees: Antonio Dilworth, Hayden Ledbetter Hayden Ledbetter 5'10" | PG Lausanne | 2022 State TN , Craig

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