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HS BASKETBALL:

Strong senior class leads Green Valley into season

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Green Valley basketball players, from left, Austin Tebbs, Keiannte’ Wilkins and Earl Thompson.

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Lorenzo Jarvis

Green Valley High boys basketball coach Lorenzo Jarvis talks about the upcoming season.

If Green Valley could describe its goals for this season in three words, it might be “playoffs or bust.”

The Gators want to move on from a disappointing 7-19 campaign last year and compete with the best in the Southeast division.

“Our main goal stays the same, we want to compete for a championship,” Green Valley coach Lorenzo Jarvis said. “We’re excited for that challenge.”

Working in the Gators favor is a senior-laden roster. Jarvis will start four seniors and a fifth will be the first player off the bench.

None will be more important than 6-foot-3 senior Earl Thompson, who should contribute in a number of ways.

“He’s a do-everything guy,” Jarvis said. “He will be a man we look to go to.”

Jarvis seems to have a role in mind for all of his standouts. He regarded senior Austin Tebbs as a shutdown defender and said senior Thomas Allison was a leader at point guard.

The Gators will also look toward senior Keiannte Wilkins to knock down shots and initiate the offense.

In the parity-driven Southeast division, Green Valley knows it will be a battle to rise up the standings. But Jarvis said the Gators were up for it.

“There’s no easy nights in this league,” Jarvis said. ““Our seniors have that tone every day in practice — we’ve always got to be ready to play. Everybody is out to get us and everybody is good.

Case Keefer can be reached at 948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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