C.J. Kersey wanted one change in particular from his young, but experienced, Wyoming Seminary boys basketball team.
“We were 0-6 in crossover games last year, so hopefully we can be more competitive in those,” Wyoming Seminary coach C.J. Kersey said during WVC Media Night Dec. 3.
With wins over Division 2 opponents in two of their first three Wyoming Valley Conference games, including knocking off previously unbeaten Wyoming Area, 44-34, Friday night, the Blue Knights are the early Division 3 leaders.
Of the five Wyoming Seminary players who had starting experience prior to this season, only point guard Tyler Maddock is a senior.
Jeremy Callahan returns after being selected as the division’s Player of the Year by opposing coaches last season as a freshman.
“He’s a great shooter,” Kersey said in a preseason telephone interview. “ … He sees the floor well and is a good distributor as well.
“So, he’s just a nice all-around player who puts in a ton of time.”
Callahan, Maddock and forward Dimitri Gnall all played on JB Hoops AAU teams in the spring and summer.
Gnall, a second-team division all-star last season, is the latest NEPABasketball.com Boys Player of the Week for helping he Blue Knights, ranked second among District 2 Small Schools in the website’s Super Six Power Rankings, improve to 7-2.
“He’s very athletic; sort of a wing/power forward-type player for us,” Kersey said. “He has gotten better with his jump shot and he can run the floor really well for us.”
Gnall is averaging more than 16 points per game to lead the offense.
The defense held Wyoming Area to 30 points below its season average and is allowing fewer than 36 points per game over the last seven games.