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Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 countdown: Lake Norman Charter

Three key members of Lake Norman Charter’s basketball team areLeft to Right: Connor Reed (3); Troy Cracknell (25); Grayson Hickert (34)
Three key members of Lake Norman Charter’s basketball team areLeft to Right: Connor Reed (3); Troy Cracknell (25); Grayson Hickert (34)

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

NO. 14 LAKE NORMAN CHARTER KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Aaron Reeves (7th year as Lake Norman Charter basketball coach)

Coaching Career Record: 91-46

2015-16 Record: 22-8 (13-1 to win the Big South conference)

Returning Starters: Grayson Hickert, Sr., F (6-7, 220); Troy Cracknell, Sr., G (6-5, 220); Connor Reed, Jr., G (6-1, 175).

Key Newcomers: Noah Allen, So., G; Will Watts, So, G.

Outlook: Lake Norman Charter had a season to remember a year ago, winning 22 games, including a Big South conference title and a trip to the 2A state quarterfinals (Elite 8). This year, with their top two players back in seniors, all-conference standouts, 6-foot-7, Grayson Hickert (15 ppg, 8 rpg) and 6-foot-5, Troy Cracknell (14 ppg, 6 rpg), the Knights are poised to repeat as conference champions and make another deep postseason run.

--JAY EDWARDS

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