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Sweet 16 Boys Basketball Countdown: No. 14 Piedmont Panthers

Piedmont’s boys basketball team is No. 14 in the preseason Sweet 16. 0 - Jr. Guard Josiah Hall; 3 - Sr. Guard Matthew Climbingbear; 5 - Sr. Forward Trip Fesmire; 22 - Sr. Post Ryan Ruettgers; 40 - Sr. Forward Hunter Tyson; 12 - Sr. Guard Camden Baucom; 45 - Soph. Forward Quame McClendon; 33 - Jr. Guard/Forward Kavan Williamson
Piedmont’s boys basketball team is No. 14 in the preseason Sweet 16. 0 - Jr. Guard Josiah Hall; 3 - Sr. Guard Matthew Climbingbear; 5 - Sr. Forward Trip Fesmire; 22 - Sr. Post Ryan Ruettgers; 40 - Sr. Forward Hunter Tyson; 12 - Sr. Guard Camden Baucom; 45 - Soph. Forward Quame McClendon; 33 - Jr. Guard/Forward Kavan Williamson

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.

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.

--JAY EDWARDS

Other ranked teams

No. 15 East Lincoln

No. 16 Concord

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