TROUP — For the past three seasons the Troup Tiger basketball team has qualified for the state Class 3A playoffs, and that outcome is in the forecast again this season.
The Tigers, who opened the 2019-20 season by blowing out Henderson, 73-53, on Tuesday night, return three players who were key contributors to last season's Area finalist team.
Senior Kedrick Frazier (6'-2”) averaged 7.7 points and four rebounds per game last year, Grayson Driggs, a 6-foot junior, averaged 8.8 points and 2.1 steals a night last season and Jordan Elliott, a 5'-9” junior, who was responsible for just under five points and two rebounds a game last winter.
Blake Wood (5'-9”, junior) led the Tiger junior varsity in scoring last season and is expected to see quite a bit of playing time at the varsity level.
Matthew Castillo, a 5'-6” junior, was Troup's top reserve a year ago. He is expected to be a player of impact for the Tigers this year.
Darin Harley returns as head coach of the Tigers. Harley (343-234) needs just six wins to reach the 350-win milestone.
Serving as assistant coaches for the Tigers will be Christian Harley and Caleb Harley.
Troup is scheduled to play in three tournaments this season.
The Tigers will be included field in tourneys hosted by Frankston and Union Grove and will host the annual Glen Evans Classic on Dec. 27-28.
Frankston, Beckville, Trinidad and Callisburg will join the Tigers in the varsity boys division.
On Jan. 3, 2020 Troup will open conference play by visiting Gladewater.
The Tigers finished with a 22-6 record last season and were the District 10-3A-II runner-up.