Young Fort Mill basketball team looking for a leader

mbanks@comporium.netNovember 23, 2013 

Fort Mill’s Devan Thacker works on his free throw shooting at a recent Jackets practice.

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— Being picked to finish last in Region III-AAAA wouldn’t normally sit well with a coach, but Dwayne Hartsoe said he can’t argue with the selection.

“It’s a good pick,” said Hartsoe, Fort Mill boys’ varsity basketball coach. “It is going to be a matter of time. It will take a while to come together.”

Hartsoe said this year’s squad is “inexperienced at the varsity level.”

Fort Mill has six players returning from last year’s 10-14 squad and only one, senior Devan Thacker, has any major experience.

“I am looking for him to do a lot of good things for us,” Hartsoe said.

The team has six seniors, including Mike Scurlock, who saw some playing time last year.

The team also has seven juniors and two sophomores, so Hartsoe feels good about the future.

Fort Mill lost 94 percent of its scoring from last year’s squad. Hartsoe said the team is going to be counting on fundamental basketball to keep the Jackets in games. One problem they will have is a lack of height.

“We will have to take care of the ball and execute our offensive sets,” he said.

Hartsoe is looking for a player to do what Harrison Lancaster, who graduated, did last year – come out of the shadows and help put the squad on his back.

“I am hoping someone will step up,” he said.

Fort Mill tips off the season Dec. 3 at home against Forestview High School. The team will have a busy holiday season in December as it travels to North Myrtle Beach for the Shootout by the Sea Classic at North Myrtle Beach High School Dec. 21-23 and then after Christmas, the team will head to Greenville High School for the Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic Dec. 26-28.

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