NO. 14 PIEDMONT PANTHERS
Head Coach: Jay Fitts (2nd year as Piedmont basketball coach).
2016-17 Record: 16-11 (6-4 in the Southern Carolinas’ Conference (SCC)).
2017-18 Conference: Southern Carolinas’ Conferences/3A.
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Returning Starters (3): Hunter Tyson, Sr., F (6-8) (Clemson commit); Camden Baucom, Sr., G (6-3); Ryan Ruettgers, Sr., C (6-6).
Other Key Returnees: Matthew Climbingbear, Sr., G (5-9); Trip Fesmire, Sr., G/F (6-3).
Key Newcomers: Quame McClendon, So., G/F (6-3) (Anson County transfer); Josiah Hall, Jr., PG (5-9).
Outlook: After winning just 14 games in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Piedmont won 16 games and finished 2nd in the SCC last year. This season, with the versatile senior trio of Tyson (25 ppg/Clemson commit), Baucom (8 ppg) and Ruettgers back and Anson County transfer, McClendon (9 ppg, 5 rpg), the Panthers believe they can be a serious, SCC contender. Piedmont will also be a tough playoff matchup with one of the state’s best players in 6-foot-8 Tyson, who can play multiple positions and shoot from anywhere on the court, and is capable of taking over a game at any time.