09 December 2014
Munro Rateau has been coaching the Flying Flucos boys’ basketball team for quite a while, and he has been consistently successful. This year, he reports that his team has a lot of experience, as he has a number of players returning who logged significant minutes last season.
In addition to these veteran returnees, the Flucos will feature two highly talented seniors who did not play for the Flucos last year. While last year’s squad did not have a true point guard, Coach Rateau expects that that role will be filled this year by Hunter Deforge who missed all of last season with a knee injury.
Also returning to play for the Flucos this year is guard/forward Vinnie Agee. Agee’s return will be huge. As a sophomore for the Flucos, he was voted first team all-district and first team all-region, and Jefferson District player of the year.
Two returning players who Rateau notes are “bigger and stronger” are guards Talavious Hughes and Julian Bonner. Hughes was one of the top scorers on last year’s team. He is a quick slasher who also has some three point range. Bonner is a rebounder and defender who operates closer in to the basket.
Also returning is senior center Nafeese Simms, who started most of last season. He will be expected to rebound and defend inside again this year. Sophomore Shemar Williams has good size and will get playing time in the post as well.
Also returning with plenty of playing time under their belts will be football standouts junior Gavin Patrick, a forward, and senior Jake Mooney, also listed as a forward. Sophomore point guard Jameel Wilson also returns and will get playing time. Rateau also has a number of players up from last year’s JV squad who may contribute as the season progresses.