Med Center Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Team Preview: Greenwood Gators

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 Greenwood boys’ hoops squad. 

Team: Greenwood

Mascot: Gators

Region: 4

District: 14

Head Coach: Will McCoy (First season)

2018-19 Results:

  • 16-12 overall, 5-4 District 14
  • Lost to Warren Central in District 14 semifinals

Key Departures: 

  • Guard Jack Roberts (14.7 PPG)

Key Returners:

  • Senior Forward Ben Carroll (16.4 PPG/6.1 RPG)
  • Junior Guard Noah Stansbury (9.6 PPG)
  • Sophomore Guard Cade Stinnett (6.6 PPG)
  • Senior Guard Parker Williams (6.4 PPG)

Season Opener: Tuesday, Dec. 3 vs. Owensboro Catholic at 7 p.m.

Greenwood put together a solid season in 2018-19, and the program is looking to take the next step forward this year. 

The Gators, who enter the season under first-year head coach Will McCoy, return four of their five starters from last year’s team and have set their expectations at a high level. 

Although it loses standout guard Jack Roberts, who was the team’s second-leading scorer with 14.7 points per game, Greenwood brings back stellar senior forward Ben Carroll (16.4 PPG), senior guard Parker Williams (6.4), junior guard Noah Stansbury (9.6), and sophomore guard Cade Stinnett (6.6). In addition to that crew, the Gators welcome junior guard Marcus Grant II into the program.

Coach/Player Quotes:

Coach Will McCoy:

On adjusting as new head coach at GHS … 

“It’s been a good adjustment. Luckily, I inherited a team that I would say most coaches would agree is not your typical Year 1 team. Some guys with some really high basketball IQs. It’s been a really surreal experience being able to take the reins of a program like Greenwood. It’s been awesome. It’s been really good.”

On the addition of junior guard Marcus Grant II …

“Mark has helped out a lot. He’s an excellent high-volume scorer. One thing that has really pleased me is the other guys like playing with him. Having that cohesiveness amongst your units is huge.”

On the season’s schedule:

“If you look at our schedule, we’re gonna play (Warren) Central and Bowling Green a minimum of four times – I’m highly expecting more. We’ll play Glasgow twice, we’ve got (Louisville signee) JJ Traynor and Bardstown, we’ve got the No. 2 team in the Fifth (Region) in LaRue County. We’ve got a tough slate, which is exactly what we wanted because in this region you’ve gotta be battle-tested.”

Senior Forward Ben Carroll:

On the adjustment under new head coach Will McCoy …

“I think it’s been a pretty easy adjustment for us because a lot of the guys have known coach before he started coaching us. It’s been a pretty good situation so far and everyone’s working hard to get ready for the season.”

On playing in Region 4 and making a postseason run …

“We expect nothing less this year. Anything less than getting out of the region will be a disappointment.”

Junior Guard Noah Stansbury:

On the team’s shooting ability …

“We’ve got four, five, six guys who can put the ball in the basket. At the end of the day, that’s your goal – you’ve gotta score points. If we do that better than other teams, we’re gonna win most nights.”

On the team’s overall experience and leadership:

“We’ve got most of our guys back, so we’re just playing with each other a lot. We had a lot of experience this summer and practices have been good, so we’ve got a lot of experience.”

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