New Albany boys basketball coach Brad Gray agreed with the notion that his team looks pretty decent on paper heading into the 2010-11 season.
However, he quickly pointed out that having the talent doesn’t always guarantee success.
“We look pretty decent on paper, but that doesn’t win basketball games,” Gray said.
The Bulldogs return their top two leading scorers from a team that ended last season with a 21-9 overall record and a No. 4 large school ranking by the Daily Journal.
This season, New Albany will feature two transfers that could play a tremendous role in games. Moses Kingsley is a 6-foot-9 sophomore center from Nigeria and Eric Chaney is a 5-foot-9 guard from Chicago.
The two new players should see some playing time in Saturday’s jamboree games at New Albany’s Memorial Gym. The New Albany boys team will take the court at 10:45 Saturday morning in a two-quarter game against Southaven – right after the New Albany girls play Southaven’s girls at 10 a.m.
The New Albany boys will play another two-quarter game in the afternoon against Columbus, while the Lady Bulldogs will face Amory later on at 5:30 p.m.
In all, there will be 12 two-quarter games being played at Memorial Gym on Saturday.
Saltillo’s jamboree, on the other hand, will feature 14 games.
“It’s a chance to make a little money and pay some bills,” said first-year Saltillo boys coach Chris Vandiver. “It’s a chance to play at home and to raise some money, too.”
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Saturday’s Basketball Jamborees
– What: Teams will play two two-quarter games against two different opponents.
– When: All day Saturday.
– Where: At Memorial Gym in New Albany; At Saltillo Elementary School (Grades 3-5).
– Cost: $4 at New Albany; $5 at Saltillo
John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal