The Egg Harbor Township High School boys basketball team is going into this season very inexperienced, coach George McNally said.
That inexperience doesn't bother McNally, who likes the dedication the large group of sophomores and juniors have shown so far.
"They're a great group of kids and had a real dedicated summer," McNally said. "They're not real big but we have about 11 or 12 guys that will work hard, and I think we could surprise some teams."
EHT will get its senior leadership from 5-foot-11 guard Keyshawn McMahon.
"He's a kid that works tirelessly," McNally said. "Just a great kid and he's going to do all of the little things for us. He really improved his offensive game this summer, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do."
Another player who had a good summer for EHT is 6-4 junior forward Carmine Fiore, who could earn some key playing time this season. Junior guards Quanif Ames, Shemar Williams and Omar Dixon are also key returning players.
Other seniors include Jonah Surman and Josh Vinasco.
The Eagles will start the season with a tough game, opening up at reigning Cape-Atlantic League American champion Atlantic City.
"It's always a difficult place to go, and I think in my 20 years I've opened up against them 10 or 11 times," he said.
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League: Cape-Atlantic League American
Group: South Jersey Group IV
Coach: George McNally (219-253, 19 seasons)
2012-13 record: 12-13
2013-14 prediction: Rebuilding - The Eagles are young but could surprise some teams.
Key players: Keyshawn McMahon, Sr., 5-11, G; Carmine Fiore, Jr., 6-3, F; Omar Dixon, Jr., 5-9, G; Quanif Ames, Jr., 5-10, G; Christian Estrada, So., 5-10, G; Robinson Normal, So., 5-11, G; Jonah Surman, Sr., 5-11, G; Josh Vinasco, Sr., 5-10, G; Austin Smith, So., 6-3, F; Shemar Williams, Jr., 5-10, G.