It didn’t hurt that the team returned three starters, including top scorers Chris English and Timothy Hawkins, and several others who contributed a year ago.
Weaver has excelled so far this year, posting a 7-2 record, including 3-0 in Area 10. The Bearcats are ranked eighth in 3A by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as they head into Jacksonville’s Van Deerman Classic tonight. Weaver will face Ashville at 5.
A couple of newcomers have combined with the veterans to push Weaver to a fast start this season.
Sophomores Shon’D McKinney and Delo Forbes have made names for themselves almost immediately.
“It starts with the junior high and what coach (Shane) Morrow and coach (Marcus) Herbert have done with it,” Weaver coach Daryl Hamby said. “When players get to me now, I get to just fine tune them. I don’t have to coach them up as much, we can get right into what we want to do. They’re already part of the program.”
While watching Forbes and McKinney play, you might never guess they were on the junior varsity last season.
Against Area 10 opponent White Plains, McKinney scored 22 points and had 14 rebounds. He followed it with 23 points and 15 rebounds against Saks, a win that included 19 points from Forbes.
“Last year, people were telling me I was better than how I was playing,” McKinney said. “This summer and during football season when they were playing, I was in the gym working hard and trying to get better. It paid off.”
The two players and their teammates have created a dangerous opponent for anyone.
“The biggest thing is egos and how they’re going to take things,” Hamby said. “You have to stay hungry and don’t think you’ve ever arrived. That’s what worries me about the win (against Alexandria on Tuesday night). It’s a great win, but it’s not the Super Bowl.”