After another outstanding regular season, the Jeffersontown Chargers suffered a disappointing loss in the 2010 Seventh Region Tournament to end their postseason. Now the Chargers (Louisville, KY) are eager to get back on the court and redeem themselves for the upcoming 2011 campaign. John Ratterman of ScoutKentuckyPreps.com had a chance to take in a workout at Jeffersontown High School on Wednesday night.
Always one of the toughest regions in the state of Kentucky, the Seventh Region looks to be stronger than ever in 2010-11. Not surprisingly, the Jeffersontown Chargers are a big reason for that. Jeffersontown Head Coach Jeff Morrow spoke to ScoutKentuckyPreps.com about the reloaded Seventh Region, where exactly his team fits in for the upcoming season, and his slew of talented players (some returning faces and some new heavy hitting talent) on this year’s version of the Chargers.
“Our region is so tough night in and night out so we want to do our best to compete to win this region, which is not easy,” Morrow said. “We understand the difficulty of the challenge ahead of us and how many talented teams we will face. Our region will have seven teams that could win…with Eastern being the preseason favorite. We are one of those seven but we must earn it between the lines. We want to show continued improvement over the course of the season and put ourselves in a position to have success in the postseason.”
The Chargers are typically a running, pressing team that is known for their all-out, aggressive style. To keep the pace up tempo Coach Morrow has to continuously substitute players in and out to keep them fresh during the late stages of games. Depth does not appear to be an issue this season.
“I think depth is going to be one of our major strengths,” Morrow said. “We played ten guys all summer on the varsity. Many of them will be juniors and may be unknowns to the common fan because they dressed last year but didn’t play a lot. Our JV team was undefeated last season so several of them can play.”
When asked about the next generation of players to come out of J-Town on the hardwood, Morrow was quick to rattle off a sizable list of names he has high hopes for in the near future.
“Desmond Dorsey has to be mentioned,” Morrow said. “He has the most varsity experience of any player we have and has had a great spring and summer. His name is already out there but we are expecting him to have his best season yet. Also, Cody Russell, Deon Barbee, DeMichael Jackson, Jordan Hagan just to name a few,” Morrow continued.
New Talented Chargers
The Chargers have two huge new additions this year in seniors Tony Kimbro and Zach Price. Both players are expected to be major contributors this upcoming season and both will likely be among the top players in the state of Kentucky.
Tony Kimbro, a 6’5 wing and 3-star player on Scout.com, played for Louisville Manual High School as a freshman before moving to North Carolina where he attended Arden (N.C.) Christ School for two years. He is now back in Kentucky and is receiving college interest from Marquette, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Miami (OH), Dayton, and Wright State among others. ScoutKentuckyPreps.com has also learned that Louisville has watched him on a couple of occasions recently. Kimbro has been listed at several different positions since breaking onto the scene as a freshman in Kentucky and from the sounds of things his versatility has been on display this summer as well.
“I think his true position is small forward,” Morrow said. “He played there most of the summer for us. However, he is also very good at handling the ball so when we need more than one guy to help with handling the ball he is capable. I think point forward is a good description.”
Zach Price is a 4-star, 6’10 center that is rated #8 at his position nationally and comes in at #66 overall in Scout.com’s latest top 100 rankings for the class of 2011. Originally from the state of Ohio, Price has committed to play basketball for the University of Louisville over offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Wake Forest, and Ohio State among others. Zach has moved with his family to Louisville for his final high school season and is a welcome addition to the Chargers team.
“Although I haven't seen him (Price) play I have heard great things about him,” Morrow said. “I'm looking forward to seeing him. Obviously with his size and ability he gives us something we were missing. Without him we don't have a true five man. With him we go to another level. Good players make those around them better. I expect he will do that for us and I expect with the talent we already have at other spots it will make him better as well.”
Charger Odds and Ends
-The Chargers sport a strong University of Louisville connection in several ways. Head Coach Jeff Morrow is a former manager and administrative assistant to current Louisville coach Rick Pitino (while at Kentucky). Tony Kimbro is the son of former Louisville standout Tony Kimbro. Zach Price is committed to play for Louisville and coach Rick Pitino in 2011. But, what you may not know is that former Cardinal superstar and NBA player Greg Minor also has 2 sons that attend Jeffersontown High School. Greg Minor Jr. is a junior and Khalid Minor is an incoming freshman. Greg Jr. is expected to see action on the junior varsity and varsity teams this year, while Khalid will play freshman and junior varsity.
-Speaking of brothers, do you remember former Charger standout and Kentucky All-Star Thomas Coleman? Thomas graduated from J-Town in 2007 and now plays for North Carolina A&T. However, the Coleman name lives on with his brother, senior Treshawn Coleman. While a few inches shorter than his 6’9 sibling, Treshawn is a talent in his own right and is expected to be a contributor this season.
-The Chargers have several players that are playing for AAU teams this summer - including Desmond Dorsey, Tony Kimbro, Cody Russell, Daniel Ross, DeMichael Jackson and Harry Cross. Kimbro is planning to head to Orlando this weekend for an AAU event.
-Desmond Dorsey is a 6’2, 170-pound junior wing that has received college interest recently from Dayton, Western Kentucky, and Wofford.
-Forward Daniel Ross is more than just a basketball player, he also has skills on the gridiron. He has received interest from several college football programs, including major attention from the University of Kentucky recently.
-J-Town’s teams have all had strong summer sessions. The varsity capped off an undefeated season by taking the championship in the Bluegrass Tournament with a win over Madison Central. The junior varsity squad finished the summer 13-1, including a win over Trinity in the championship game of the Derek Smith Shootout (JV Division).
-An AAU team, coached by former Charger Nick Gagel and made up of mostly players that will be freshmen at Jeffersontown this fall, has performed well this summer and is finishing up with a few more games before school starts.
-Recent Charger History: Since 2005 the Chargers have had 6 All State Players - including two 7th Region Players of the Year and one Mr. Basketball winner.