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Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 boys basketball countdown: No. 16 Concord

Concord High’s boys begin the season No. 16 in the Observer’s preseason Sweet 16 basketball poll
Concord High’s boys begin the season No. 16 in the Observer’s preseason Sweet 16 basketball poll

NO. 16 CONCORD SPIDERS

Head Coach: Jason Stowe (3rd year as Concord basketball coach).

Coaching Career Record: 33-21.

2016-17 Record: 10-16 (7-11 in the South Piedmont Conference (SPC)).

2017-18 Conference: South Piedmont 3A Conference.

Returning Starters (2): Jackson Threadgill, So., G (6-6); Jaylen O’Neal, Jr., F/G (6-5).

Other Key Returnees: Jordan Stowe, Jr., PG (6-3); Jackson Lippard, Jr., G (6-0); DeVonte Sampson, Jr., G/F (6-5); Ismeal Hooker, Sr., G/F (6-2).

Key Newcomers: Shavonte Byers, Jr., G (6-2).

Outlook: Concord averaged 25 wins per season for the previous decade coming into the last season, when they endured their first losing season in some time going 10-16. But this year, the Spiders have reloaded led by 6-foot-6 sophomore guard, Threadgill (8 ppg), one of the top players in the state in his class, and 6-fooot-5 junior, O’Neal (12 ppg, 7 rpg) leading a wealth of young talent like Sampson. While Concord is young, they have the basketball IQ, length and talent to get back near the top of the SPC and be a factor deeper into the postseason (41-point loss to Freedom, 1st round last year).

--JAY EDWARDS

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