CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Catholic boys basketball program has been one of the best in the state year after year, making the State Tournament the past nine seasons and winning four championships.
The Irish are looking to continue their impressive streak this season, and with two All-State players returning in Garret McCarty and Nick George, Catholic seems poised for another deep run.
"It is quite an honor for the program and for the teams that have been here in the past, and the players now that have been a part of that," Catholic Coach Bill McClanahan said Monday.
"This season is brand new, though, and this year's team has to earn their own accolades on their own. It's a new season and a new start. There are a lot of good teams in Class A this year."
McClanahan is certainly glad to have both McCarty, a 5-foot-9 point guard that averaged 12.1 points per game, and George, a 6-4 post player (15.3 ppg) back.
"Having two all-staters returning is great," McClanahan said. "They both have been starters for three years. This will be Nick's fourth year and Garret's third. We are going to lean on them a lot."
McClanahan indicated both bring something different to the table for his Irish.
"Garret is a wonderful point guard," McClanahan said. "He is the classic definition. He handles it and shoots it well. He is learning the value of playing good defense and is making better decisions every day.
"Nick has been an all-around player for us. He started since he was a freshman. He is athletic, jumps well, runs the floor well for his size, and has expanded his game from the perimeter.
McCarty has already committed to play college basketball at LeMoyne, a Division 2 school in Syracuse, NY.
George, meanwhile, indicated he could also play basketball in college but is focused more on academics, and isn't sure if he will play or not.
McCarty is happy to get the decision out of the way so he can focus completely on his senior season.
"It is really nice to get it out of the way," McCarty said. "It keeps me focused on what I need to do this year. It's nice to know I have somewhere to go and play next year.