BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Campbell boys hope to put together big year
The pieces appear to be in place for a big season for the Campbell Camels varsity boys basketball team.
Campbell returns all of its varsity starters off of last season’s squad that finished 18-7.
“We are bringing several kids back from last season,” Campbell coach Steve Fowler said of his varsity roster, which includes three seniors and nine juniors. “We played really well down the stretch last season. We had a lot of sophomores on our varsity last season so hopefully, the varsity experience we got last season will pay off for us this season.”
Returning starters are junior Blake Folwer, junior Kaden Siebert, junior Skylar Morrison, junior Carlos Camargo, and senior Jacob Vines.
Fowler, who has already scored more than 1,000 points at the varsity level, was selected all-conference, all-district, and all-state last season.
“He had a big year last season,” Fowler said. “He averaged 26 or 27 points a game and had several steals and assists for us. He shot it really well from 3-point range and the free-throw line.
Vines and Siebert also scored in double digits for Campbell last season.
“We bring back a lot of our scoring,” Fowler said. “Vines gave us 12 or 13 points a game last season. He’s grown to about six-foot-three. He's long and lanky and will get his hands on a lot of basketballs defensively."
"Kaden is another scoring threat that scored about a dozen points a game for us last year,” Fowler added.
Morrison and Camargo are expected to crash the boards in the paint.
“Skylar is a six-foot-two kid that is lanky and athletic,” Fowler said. “He scored about nine points per game for us last season.
“Carlos is a big rebounder for us,” Fowler added. “He had about seven rebounds a game for us last season. He’s athletic and runs the floor well.”
Fowler also has confidence he will receive key contributions off his bench.
“Not only are we bringing back all five starters we are bringing back our guys that played big minutes off the bench last season,” he said. “We’ve also got a slew of other kids. It really depends on who’s playing well and what we need against a certain opponent. But hopefully, we can find a way to put the pieces together and make it work.”
Among the players who could make an impact is senior Jake Hankins who is returning to the court after missing a season.
“He is coming back for his senior season after missing his junior year,” Fowler said. “He really helped us as a sophomore and should give us a little bit of a punch in different areas.”
Charlie Parker, Gavin Biggs, and Joey Barnett are also candidates to receive minutes at the varsity level.
“Joey Barnett is coming up off of our junior varsity,” Fowler said. “He had a good year for us last year.
“Charlie has grown a bunch this summer,” Fowler continued. “He may be six-one or six-two now. Last year when the season started he may have been five-nine.
“Gavin is also one of our bigger guys,” Fowler said. “He gave us some important minutes off the bench last year and really helped us inside. He really sees the floor well when he catches the ball with his back to the basket.”
Campbell opens its season Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. when it takes on host New Madrid County Central at the Riverbend Classic.
“We’ve wanted to try to get in the Riverbend and got our foot in the door this year,” Fowler said. “Anytime we can get New Madrid on our schedule it’s an exciting thing for us. We will just go out and compete at a high level and see what happens but it’s a really good opponent to add to our schedule.”
A couple of days later Campbell begins play in the eight-team Bernie Invitational. No. 1 seeded Campbell will take on No. 8 seeded Holcomb Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Other quarterfinals on Dec. 2 are No. 4 seeded Twin Rivers vs. No. 5 seeded Risco at 5:30 p.m., No. 2 seeded Neelyville vs. No. 7 seeded Puxico at 7 p.m., and No. 3 seeded Bernie vs. No. 6 seeded Bloomfield at 8:30 p.m.
“There are always several really good teams in that tournament,” Fowler said. “Regardless of what you have, there are always some disciplined teams that can play in that tournament. We just hope to compete at a high level and maybe good things will happen for us.”
Campbell does not have a home game until it begins play in its own tournament Dec. 16. Zalma and Naylor are joining the event this season with defending champion Senath-Hornersville, Armorel (Ark.) Delta C-7, North Pemiscot, and Southland returning to round out the field.
“We are hoping to play well in that at home and have a chance to win it this year,” Fowler said. “But we’ll see what happens.”
Campbell Camels Boys Basketball Schedule