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The Guyer Wildcats put together one of their best seasons in school history last year, accruing a 38-2 record en route to the 6A State Quarterfinals. Led by star seniors De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Wilson, Guyer will enter 2018-19 as the odds-on favorite to win Texas’ top state title. Head coach Grant Long has arguably the most talented rotation in school history, and they’ll test themselves in five separate showcase events.
Harmon and Wilson are very different players, but they are equally important to Guyer’s sustained success - evidenced by their 6-6A Co-MVP honors last season. Harmon, a top-50 senior committed to Oklahoma, is as true as point guards come. The two-year USA Basketball veteran is an excellent facilitator with elite court vision, but don’t be fooled - he can score with the best of them. Harmon won’t back down from anyone and he plays with a toughness and grit that bring him to another level. The 6-foot-1 floor general is the 36th-ranked player in the 2019 class by 247 sports, and will enter the season as the top point guard in Texas. Wilson is a versatile, 6-foot-8 small forward committed to Michigan, and he’s a weapon on the wing for Long and company. Wilson is the 43rd ranked recruit by 247 Sports in the 2019 class, and he’s coming off a terrific spring and summer grassroots campaign for YGC36 of the Adidas Gauntlet. Wilson provides Guyer with a matchup nightmare and will be Harmon’s favorite target in transition.
Junior forward Jakobe Coles will play huge minutes alongside Wilson in the frontcourt. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound big man is underrated nationally and picked up some major experience this summer at the E16 Peach Jam with the Texas Titans. Coles operates with an efficient motor, showcases great touch inside and plays reliable defense. 6-foot-2 senior guards Cadon Hill (6-foot-2) and Gregg Willis will play major minutes alongside Harmon, as will CJ Luster, a talented sophomore who transferred to Guyer in early September. 6-foot-4 junior guard Tyler McGhie will also see minutes, and will likely have to play big if Wilson and Coles aren’t in the lineup.
Right off the bat, Guyer will get a chance to avenge their state tournament loss from a year ago, matching up against Allen (TX) on November 27th. Allen slowed the game down to a snail’s pace last season against the high-powered Wildcats, so it is imperative that Guyer plays to their speed and tempo. Guyer will face national powerhouses Bishop Gorman, Hillcrest Prep and DeMatha, and will be the favorites to win the Whataburger tournament in late December. Their season-long schedule is difficult throughout, but if they can get past their initial November schedule, the Wildcats will be on their way up our rankings.