Young WHS ready to meet challenges

Published 8:20 am Friday, December 11, 2009

WINDSOR—Competing in the tough Tri-Rivers District, the Windsor High School boys’ basketball program has taken its lumps the last few seasons. New head coach Chris Smith hopes to reverse that trend this year.

Smith, who most recently coached the middle school team at Tidewater Academy and played at Richard Bland College, will put the following starters on the court: Aaron Clemments at point guard, C.J. Little at shooting guard, B.J. Wilson at small forward, Gavin Horton at forward, and Tony Walton at center. Other players that will see court time are guard R.J. Edwards and David Cooper.

Smith said that he also has a strong crop of sophomores.

“We have a relatively young team. My bench is my sophomores. We are definitely going to have a strong team in the future,” Smith said. “One goal I have personally would be to develop the sophomores.”

On offense, the Dukes, winless last season, will run a hybrid of the offense that John Calipari runs at Kentucky. On defense, the team will mostly play a matchup 2-3 zone.

Smith said he hopes the Dukes will be competitive.

“I think by mid-season we will have a team that can compete in the Tri-Rivers District,” he said. “I want to build a winning program at Windsor. He have a lot of young athletes and with a little bit of direction and effort, we could be someone to contend with in our district.

“Sussex and Surry and Franklin will be tough, and the toughest team is Chesterfield Community. They are probably the strongest team we will face all year,” Smith added. “We do play Southampton. We’ve got some challenges in front of us, but by midseason we will be ready to meet them.”