CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Buffalo lost its top scorer in Class A first-teamer Levi Jordan, though the Bison boys basketball team will find strength in its wealth of experience this season.
Jordan, a 1,000-point career scorer, averaged 17 points per game last year in leading Buffalo to the State Tournament. This year, the Bison return seven seniors and added another in transfer John Hodges, from Winfield, and that experience bodes well for Buffalo's hopes.
"We're quite a bit farther right now than we usually are this time of the year," Bison Coach Chuck Elkins said. "They've played a lot of games together and a lot of games over the summer. It's not game situations yet, but they're doing pretty well."
In addition to expected starting point guard Hodges, Gabe Garrison, Laythen Good, Bradley Harris, Cory Hoshor, Aaron Lewis, Austin Moore and Isaiah Robinson enter as seniors.
Of the many experienced and talented seniors, Good returns after being named Honorable Mention All-State last season. Good, the team's top 3-point shooting threat, continues to rehab from an ACL surgery, the result of suffering a preseason football injury. Elkins said he expects Good to return to full speed around Christmas time.
Also in the injury department, Garrison has returned to full-speed at practice after suffering a concussion during the football season.
While Good represents the team's shooting guard, Garrison, along with Harris and Lewis handle the interior responsibilities, though the trio lacks the size of typical post players.
"Our big guys are 6-1 at most," Elkins said. "We don't have anybody bigger than that. They will be our inside people. We call them our bigs to make them feel good, I guess."
Robinson, also a track and football standout, provides the team with great slashing abilities, Elkins added. Beyond the many seniors, junior Austin Hensley, a transfer from Groveport, Ohio, and sophomore Ty Smith will also be among the team's rotation.