Local boys basketball previews

Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville boys basketball player Billy Kedra performs a drill during a recent practice.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville boys basketball coach Randy Reber speaks to his players during a practice session.

PHOENIXVILLE

Head Coach: Randy Reber

Last year: 11-13 overall, 8-5 in PAC-10 Frontier Division for second place; Lost to Methacton by two points in Final Four semifinal playoffs.

Returning starters: Eric Wallace, 6-2 senior guard; DeAndre Gadsden, 6-0 junior guard.

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Other players to watch: Cole Luzins, 6-2 senior forward; TreShawn Rebalsky, 6-4 senior forward, transfer back from Conestoga; Billy Kedra, 6-2 senior guard, transfer back from Phelps School; Matt O’Hare, 6-0 senior guard, transfer back from St. Joseph’s Prep; Marquise McDuffie, 5-10 sophomore guard, transfer from Chruch Farms School; James Jackson, 6-0 senior guard; Mike Anthony, 6-1 junior guard; Christian Kelly, 6-2 sophomore forward; Ryan Mia, 6-2 sophomore forward; Jeff Conboy, 6-4 sophomore forward; Isaiah Johnson, 5-9 sophomore guard.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a challenge in process. We are trying to put all these pieces together. They all bring some really good things. We are looking to see how we can bring it into our system. From our scrimmages, we have started to figure out what we can do and what we can’t do and who can play where. We’re happy now with the progress we’re making. We think we can be a competitive team.”

SPRING-FORD

Head Coach: Chris Talley (first year)

Last year: 14-9 record overall

Key losses: Zameer McDowell

Top returning players: Drew Kakareka, Sr point guard, 7.5 points per game, 3.0 assists; Nick Stanek, Sr forward, 8.8 ppg.

Others to watch: Ryan Cass, Sr guard; Noah Collins, Sr guard; Alex Epps-Ortiz, Sr center; Brandon Blackburn, Sr guard; Josh Tupper, Sr guard; Matt Foley, Sr guard; Gary Hopkins, Sr forward.

Coach’s outlook: “Spring-Ford will rely on nine seniors to help with the off-season transitions in the program. The seniors have been battle-tested, which will help the younger guys continue to grow as student-athletes. Strengths include depth, experience and leadership. The loss of Zameer McDowell is an adjustment as he was a four-year starter who scored over 1,000 points. The PAC-10 will be balanced on both sides this year. PV, PJP and Methacton have good, experienced players returning, which will have them poised for a Final Four runs.”

PERKIOMEN VALLEY

Head Coach: Mike Poysden

Last year: PAC-10 champions

Top returning players: Purnell Wilson, Sr point guard; Rasaan Stewart, Sr wing; Mekhi Clemons, Sr wing; Tyler Krause, Jr forward.

Others to watch: Tom Patterson, Sr guard; Dan Light, Sr forward; Mike Formica, Jr wing; Tyler Kane, Sr forward.

Coach’s outlook: “ We had a very productive offseason with a strong commitment by our players to improve. There is strong competition at every position this year, and we have a solid core of seniors that will lead our team.We have a strong non-league schedule that should help us to improve. I am proud of the effort and intensity our players are bringing to the gym each day. We are striving to build off of the momentum from last year as players are now in the second year of playing within our system.”