The 2019-20 high school basketball season is just around the corner and leading up to opening night Dec. 2 Med Center Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will present team previews for both boys’ and girls’ teams across the Bowling Green area.
Today, we take a look at the Bowling Green boys’ hoops squad.
Team: Bowling Green
Head Coach: Derrick Clubb (Third season)
- 26-6 overall, 9-2 District 14
- District 14 champion
- Region 4 runner-up
- Guard Kolbe Gray (8.2 PPG)
- Guard Jaylen Wardlow (1.9 PPG)
- Junior Guard Isaiah Mason (14.8 PPG)
- Sophomore Guard Turner Buttry (7.2 PPG)
- Junior Guard Conner Cooper (6.3 PPG)
- Junior Forward Jordan Dingle (5.5 PPG)
- Junior Forward Cobi Huddleston (4.2 PPG)
Season Opener: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Madisonville-North Hopkins at 7:30 p.m.
A highly successful program for quite some time, Bowling Green is set on putting together another stellar season in 2019-20.
The Purples, who captured the District 14 championship and finished as the Region 4 runner-up a year ago, return much experience and talent and have the pieces needed in order to compete for a title – or titles.
Although it loses guards Kolbe Gray and Jaylen Wardlow, Bowling Green brings back junior guards Isaiah Mason and Conner Cooper, junior forwards Jordan Dingle and Cobi Huddleston and sophomore guard Turner Buttry. In addition to that group, seniors Shy Boyd and Dorian Morrison, junior guards Jaxson Banks and Dez Wilson and junior forward Trace Flanary will also play significant roles.
Coach Derrick Clubb
On the season’s expectations …
“I’m just trying to make sure we get better everyday – I really am. I’m really worried about us rebounding the ball consistently. That’s something that all five guys on the floor have to have front and center in their minds every possession. I like our team a lot. I’d go to war with ’em any day.”
On the talented roster …
“I think we’ve got up to eight or nine guys that can lead us in scoring on any given night. That’s a great thing to have. Isaiah doesn’t have to get 25 every night for us to win – and that’s nice. I’ve coached some teams where that was important. We’ve got a lot of versatility, we’ve got a lot of kids that can score and we’ve got a lot of kids who love to play basketball.”
On the experience level …
“We’ve got a bunch of kids that played a lot of games last year and in a lot of big games. You can tell they’re ready.”
Junior Guard Isaiah Mason:
On the team’s overall outlook …
“I think practices are harder this year, and I feel like everybody’s coming together and buying in. I think we’ll have a pretty good year this year.”
On the team’s overall make-up …
“I think we’ve got a lot of pieces. If we know how to put them together the right way, the sky’s the limit. We can go as far as we want to go and that’s up to us. We want to go as far as we can.”
Sophomore Guard Turner Buttry:
On the team’s experience and leadership …
“I think this year we’ll be more of a unit and together. A lot of our practices are more like a family this year.”
On District 14 and Region 4 …
“I think the district will be just as tough as the region. I think getting out of the district will be very tough.”