Basketball season begins Monday when the Georgia High School Association allows local teams their first official practice of the season.
For most local coaches, the first week of practice is reserved for tryouts.
"We did sign-ups and had about 85 kids sign up, and that's without football," Greenbrier boys basketball coach Casey Dees said. "So we know the interest is there plus we've got a couple of kids back from last year - three post players and two or three guards. We'll have some competition."
At Lakeside, a new era in Panther basketball will begin with first-year boys basketball coach Ryan Morningstar at the helm. Morningstar, who served as the junior varsity coach last season, said T.J. Davis will take over as JV coach. Together, the two will conduct tryouts this week.
"I know I'm going to have a lot of freshmen trying out so that's going to be my big challenge," Morningstar said. "We've already been doing some voluntary conditioning, but we're without our football players right now."
Evans boys basketball coach Kevin Kenny will also begin tryouts this week without his football players.
"We won't get them until after Nov. 10, so my football players will only get four days of practice before our first game," he said.
Kenny's Knights will start basketball season with a game on the earliest date possible. Evans will take on Savannah, an annual state playoff contender in Class AAAAA, at home Nov. 18.
The Knights were the top Columbia County boys basketball team last year, and the only local boys public school squad to make the Class AAAA state tournament.
"We've got about eight coming back, and they're all big kids," Kenny said. "Potentially we could be better than last year."
The Harlem Bulldogs are the only local team to schedule a preseason scrimmage. Harlem head coach Kim Chambers and the rest of the Bulldogs will take on Richmond Academy at home Nov. 14.
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