Note: the Observer is revealing teams in its preseason Sweet 16 poll, but not the order. The order will be revealed in Sunday’s print editions
LINCOLN CHARTER EAGLES
Head Coach: Bradley Gabriel (5th year as Lincoln Charter basketball coach)
2015-16 Record: 29-3 (13-1 in the South Piedmont 1A conference (SPC 1A)).
Returning Starters: Kody Shubert, Jr., PG (6-0); Jackson Gabriel, So., SG (6-2); Levontae Knox, So., SF (6-2); Jehlon Johnson, Jr., F (6-8).
Other Key Returnees: Zeke Mayfield, Jr., SG (6-0); Josh Haudek, Jr., F (6-4); Bryce Wilson, Sr., G (6-0); Kammien Mitchell, Sr., PG (5-11).
Key Newcomers: Kendrick Davis, Jr., G (6-0); London England, Jr., SF (6-3); Axel Holm, Fr., PG (6-0); Dimitri McCall, Fr., F (6-4).
Outlook: Lincoln Charter was within a Winston-Salem Prep buzzer-beater of going to the 1A state championship game. Now, the Eagles’ main goal will be to take the next step and get to the state game this year. Junior point guard, Kody Shubert (20.7 ppg, multiple D-I offers), and sophomore wings, Jackson Gabriel (13.7 ppg) and Levontae Knox (10.1 ppg) lead an experienced and talented team that has great expectations and expects to play for championships (SPC 1A/state). Now, they have to prove they are up to the task.