The Wilkinson County High School Warriors boy’s basketball team entered the 2005-06 season looking build off of a great season last year where they finished 28-2 overall and 21-0 in their region.

Head coach Aaron Geter Jr.’s expectations for his team this season are the same he has every season – win a state championship.

“I’m no different than any other high school basketball coach,” Geter said. “Generally, when you start a year, you have winning a state championship in mind, so that’s always an aim and a high goal of ours.”

Geter understands how difficult it is to get to the state championships, but is confident that if his team is dedicated, they can make it.

“My mindset is that our success is predicated on how hard we are willing to work,” Geter said. “They’ve responded to the charge we’ve put before them. If they continue to work hard, I think only positive things will happen with this group.”

Although this year’s team returns two starters from last season, Geter believes that there some differences with this season’s squad.

“If you’ve been around athletics long enough, every team is different,” Geter said. “With this team right here, it is a matter of putting all of the pieces together.”

The Warriors ability to put together a state championship will depend on the play of Senario Hillman, Keith Davis, Jonathon Whipple and Dontrell Taylor.

Geter expects great play from Hillman who has led the Warriors in scoring the past two seasons.

“He is probably one of the best players in the state of Georgia, as well as in the country,” Geter said.

Davis should give balance to the Warriors inside game with his ability to hit shots from beyond the arch.

“Keith Davis is an excellent outside shooter. Keith has been working hard and getting better,” Geter said. “We are looking for solid ball-handling and leadership from him.”

Geter believes that Whipple can improve enough from last season to impact the game every time he suits up.

“We are expecting him to take his game from last year and elevating it to the point that every time he takes the court he is a force to be reckoned with,” Geter said.

This will be Taylor’s first season with the Warriors. Taylor transferred from Bleckley County and Geter is working hard to integrate him with the team.

“We’ve tried to interject him into the process so that he can be a very important part in the standpoint of size and being able to control the boards,” Geter said.

But the most important element, what Geter called the X-factor, will be Javontez Craig.

“I think one of the key ingredients to our basketball team going to the level where we think we can go is a kid by the name of Javontez Craig,” Geter said. “If he can step up and play like he is capable of playing, I think it will just make us rock-solid.”

Geter wants everyone in a Warriors uniform who steps onto the court to contribute to the team. Senior Trevino Knight and junior Albert Jones are expected to come off the bench and impact the game.

“If they step up, it gives us real, quality depth and that is going to be important once we get into the playoffs,” Geter said.

The Warriors are currently 9-0 overall and 8-0 in their region, but Geter said that there is still room for improvement.

“We played very well, but I have been disappointed in the way we’ve started some games,” Geter said. “There are several games where we got down early and the kids fought back, which is a credit to them, but if we come out and play hard from the beginning I think we can do some special things.”

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