2019-2020 Season Preview
The public schools in Denver have produced some
legendary talent over the years and they boast some
of the best teams in the state. Manual continued the
championship tradition by winning the Class 3A state
tournament last season, the 12th in program history.
Newer basketball programs have begun to establish
themselves and traditional ones, such as Montbello,
have transformed into a collaborative program in
Far Northeastern. The talent keeps fl owing through
Denver and 2019-20 should be another great year
for the area.
The Lancers lost seven seniors from last year’s
18-7 team, including leading scorer and rebounder
James Felton, who averaged 17.4 points and 7.1,
respectively. He’s now at Western Nebraska. The
good news for head coach Dre Calloway is he has a
strong nucleus returning in this year’s senior class.
Tijani Bamba (13.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per
game) and Ty Foster (13.2 points and 4.7 assists)
will be counted on to lead the next group of Lincoln
players. Bamba verbally committed to Washington
State on Oct. 25. No other returning varsity player
averaged more than 1.1 points a game for a team
that fi nished second in the Denver Prep League with
an 8-1 mark and reached the second round of the
Class 4A state tournament.
The Grizzlies lost just fi ve seniors from last season
but three of those were major factors for a team that
reached the Class 3A district tournament. Robert
Roseberry was the leading scorer at 13.8 points per
game and also averaged seven rebounds. Amerie
Collins and Tyjuan Jones averaged 12.8 and 11.3
points a game, respectively, and both grabbed more
than seven rebounds on average. That’s a lot of
production to replace for head coach Chris Hanna.
Melvin Taylor was the team’s second-leading
rebounder as a sophomore and should be more of
a factor on a young and inexperienced team. The
Grizzlies fi nished 11-12 overall last year and 5-6
in the competitive Frontier League and are facing
another tough road in 19-20.
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The Falcons will have their fi rst senior class in school
history in 2019-20. Despite not having a senior last
year, they went unbeaten in the 3A/2A Confl uence
League, going 8-0 and fi nishing 16-7 overall. Byers
won its district and reached the Class 3A Tournament
but lost in the fi rst round to Kent Denver.
The second leading scorer, Elijah Thatch, was hurt
and didn’t play in the state tournament loss. Thatch
is a good shooter as well as being quick. He averaged
16.7 points per game, second to his backcourt mate,
Kyrie Thomas, who scored 22.2 points a game. The
two combined for 59% of the team’s offense, and the
Falcons expect to build on last season’s success.
“That small taste of the state playoffs left our boys
hungry for more,” head coach Exavier Swain said.
DSST: COLLEGE VIEW
The Wolves (pictured) fi nished 10-11 in 2018-19 in
what was their fi rst year of having a fully built-out
program, and fi nished fi fth in the 3A/2A Confl uence
League. Their relative success was due, in part, to
graduated seniors Carlos Ramos and Jorge Sidas.
Ramos was second on the team in scoring at 12.4
points per game and Sidas was third, averaging 11.3
The good news for College View is the team’s leading
scorer, junior Alan Miranda, returns. Miranda
averaged 12.9 points in 17 games last year. Wolves
coach Patrick Murphy will rely on juniors Jaren
Camacho, Uziel Tomita, Daniel Calderon and Caleb
By Michael Kelly