Capital Prep High 2019-20 Season Preview
The Capital Prep Boys varsity basketball team is returning much of its roster from a year ago. The team is guard heavy and will play an uptempo style of basketball to capitalize on its length, speed and athleticism.
With the Trailblazers style of play, they will rely on the contributions of each player. Per head coach Levy Gillespie, “We graduated our two leading scorers and captains last year. This year we need everyone on this team to come together as a single unit for us to be successful.”
The Trailblazers will be returning a mix of experience and youth. Led by senior 6’3 guard Kobe Anderson. Kobe was the team’s third leading scorer averaging 10.3 ppg and 8.7 rpg a year ago. The senior class also includes 6’3 point guard and floor general Solomon Barlow, 6’3 shooter Isaiah Ferguson and speedy 5’9 point guard Keanu Figueroa, who returns to Capital Prep after being at Putnam Science Academy for a year.
In the junior class the Trailblazers have a versatile guard in 6’3 Jalen Gordon, along with an athletic slasher and shooter in 6’2 guard Chris Hough. Kadeem McKnight is a 5’10 guard that makes his presence known on the defensive end and rounding out the junior class is 5’9 perimeter shooter Julian Ferguson.
The talented sophomore class features Keyshawn Mitchell, 6’7 swing that is long and rangy with the ability to handle the ball and get to the basket. Quincy Ferguson is a powerful 6’3 guard that can stretch the defense with his shooting range, and can power through contact close to the basket. Mehki Tyson-Slaughter is a 6’3 guard/forward that is tough, athletic and gritty, with a nose for rebounding and the ability to play bigger than his size. Elijah Graig is a small, but lethal shooter with deep range and Pat Peart is a crafty guard that can finish at the rim in a variety of ways.
Coach Gillespie said that he has high expectations for this team and predicts that the Trailblazers will be on the hunt for a state championship this year. He said that, “We have all the pieces to be successful, if we can put the puzzle together. When this is team comes together they will be a fun team to coach and an exciting team to watch.”