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. 12 SUN VALLEY SPARTANS
Head Coach: Keith Mason (10th year as Sun Valley basketball coach)
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Coaching Career Record: 148-85
2015-16 Record: 16-12 (5-5 in the Southern Carolinas’ conference (SCC))
Returning Starters: Hughston Finklea, Sr., G (6-4); Anthony Brown, Sr., F (6-5); Jeremiah Miller, Sr., G (6-2); Darius Huntley, Sr., F (6-2).
Key Newcomers: Shaun Mansfield, Sr., PG (5-11) (Indiana transfer); Cory Goddard, Jr., G (6-3).
Outlook: Sun Valley plays at a frenetic, full-court pace on both sides of the floor that can be extremely uncomfortable for their opponents. The Spartans have the athletes to run, with four senior starters back, including all-SCC point guard Hughston Finklea (14 ppg), Anthony Brown (9 ppg), Jeremiah Miller (8 ppg/Coastal Carolina football commit) and Darius Huntley. That experience and talent should give them a chance to compete with a SCC title and be a tough matchup in the playoffs -- because of their style of play.