Peach State Summer Showcase preview: Jacksonville Lee Bulls
Team Name: Jacksonville Lee Bulls @JaxLeeBulls
Head Coach: David Jones
2012 Record: 24-10
2012 Tournaments: King James Southern Exposure, Jacksonville Magic Invitational, Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Best of the Best, Eastern Classic.
Top Players: Brian Dawkins (6-foot-8 PF, 2013), DeAngelo Stephens-Bell (6-foot-2 SG, 2013), Osborn Blount (6-foot-0 PG, 2013), Trevon Young (6-foot-7 PF, 2013, @bigdaddyyoung32).
Committed Players: No Bull’s player has committed to a college program yet, but that does not mean that they don’t have any options. Coach David Jones said that almost all of his players are received interest from mid-major programs.
The two players who are getting the most attention are power forwards Brian Dawkins and Trevon Young. Jones described Dawkins, who stands 6-foot-8, as a really skilled big man that has good range on his jump shot. Young is a more prototypical big man, who uses his wide body at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds effectively around the rim.
Expectations: When coach David Jones and the Jacksonville Lee Bulls roll into Augusta, Georgia for the Peach State Showcase later this month, they know exactly what to expect.
A tough tournament with plenty of talented players and teams, and the Bulls wouldn’t have it any different.
“We are headed down to Miami this week to prepare, because we know it is going to be really tough,” coach Jones said. “But we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Toughness is also the key to the team’s success, according to Jones.
“When we play tough team defense, we feel like that no one can stop up and we can beat anybody,” he said.
Point guard Osborn Blount thrives in the open court, with his ability to turn his defense into offense for himself and others.
DeAngelo Stephens-Bell joins Blount in the backcourt. Jones called the 6-foot-2 senior-to-be as more of a combo guard, who uses a high basketball IQ to know when to look for his own shot and when to defer to his teammates.
Like most teams that like to push the pace, shot selection can be a struggle at times.
“We shoot the ball pretty well, but sometimes we take quick, bad shots,” Jones explained. “And when we do that we usually don’t get back on defense.”
But Jones isn’t about to let that happen under his watch, and the saying goes that defense wins championships, so it would come as no surprise if the Jacksonville Lee Bulls were in the hunt at the Peach State Showcase with the way they can lock down opponents.