MARIETTA -- Arguably the best team in the state not to win a region game last season, Rockdale County head coach Tyrone King couldn’t wait to showcase his returning crop of players at this past weekend’s NCAA Georgia/GHSA team camp.
From returning Bulldogs Kevin Sesberry and Jheim McDonald, to the addition of Holy Spirit Prep transfer and Conyers native Deandre Brown, King didn’t shy away from tabbing the three rising seniors as a potential big three for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Sesberry led the Bulldogs in scoring this past season while Brown was Holy Spirit Prep’s second leading scorer behind University of Georgia signee Anthony Edwards.
“I think we have a lot more scoring power on this team,” King said. “Defensively, I think we were stronger last year. I think we can work on the defensive end, but we just have to get the kids to buy in to play together.”
The Bulldogs’ slate of games at both Marietta and Wheeler HIgh Schools on Friday, Saturday and Sunday showed flashes of brilliance for the trio. Victories over Decatur and Johnson sandwiched a loss to Kennesaw Mountain to finish the three-day camp with a 2-1 record.
Brown averaged 15.3 points in his three games while Sesberry averaged 11.7.
The addition of Brown, who features a strong outside shot, is something King expects to help everyone around him.
“I think it’ll open things up for other players,” King said. “Teams won’t be able to double team him and they won’t be able to double team Jheim or Kevin this year. He’s an intricate piece. He’ll help us, especially on the offensive end.”
King praised the play of Sesberry thus far this summer for his strong play in all facets of the game. Sesberry was watched by Alabama A&M on Friday, a game in which the guard dropped 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots.
“Kevin has a high ceiling,” King said. “He just does whatever the team needs to win. If he needs to rebound, he’ll rebound. If he needs to score, he’ll score. He’s probably been the most consistent out of everyone out here (this weekend).”
With the month of June nearing the end and the AAU season ready to fire back up in July, King hopes to have his main varsity contributors locked down.
“I hope to come out of (June) with a solid eight players and then pick up the rest during tryouts,” King said. “I think we’re close to getting those numbers and finding out who can really play at this level.”