CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Albans graduated its top scorer in Nathan McNeil yet the Red Dragons boys basketball team remains focused to improve upon last year's difficult results.
Following a 4-19 season, St. Albans returns an experienced squad with plenty of potential and the Red Dragons enter eager to leave their losing ways in the past.
"We've had a couple down years," Coach Marshall Kiser said. "I think we're looking to rebound and I think the kids are working hard.
"They just seem like they're a lot more excited. There's a lot more intensity there, they've worked really hard and I really think these guys feel like they're going to get something out of the hard work that they've put in."
In addition to McNeil, the Red Dragons lost starting guard Conner Beck to graduation and Thad Moss to transfer.
Still, Kiser said the team boasts plenty of talent.
"We've got five guys (back) that were starters at one time or another during the year, so we have a good nucleus back," he said.
Experience looks to be an advantage for the Red Dragons as seniors Tanner Aliff, Andrew Barnette, Taylor Clark, Sam Heywood, Kevic Watkins and Cody Young return, as well as juniors Ryan Broderick, Quamise Carter, A.J. Hines and Jeffrey Seams. Sophomore Zach Smith will add to the team's depth, too.
At point guard, Seams will lead the offense, one Kiser said he expects to share the scoring responsibilities.
"This will, by far, be the best shooting team I've had since I've been here," Kiser said. "All of our guys can score. We're going to be pretty well balanced in scoring, I think. We've got more guys that can shoot the ball well for us from the perimeter, so I think that's going to be a huge plus for us."
Beyond Seams, Kiser said Broderick, Hines, Carter and three-point shooter Young will create offensive opportunities outside the interior.