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Core group back for Bearcats

BEARCATS' VARSITY basketball players, from left to right, are: back row, Greg Lee, Paul Chukes, Jamar Cosby, Trea Kelly, Devon Baulkman, Rodney Glenn, D.J. Stubbs and Shawn Samuels; front row, Quincy Fortson, B.J. Cheatem, Adam Taylor, Rashod Kelly, Ronald Crawford, Lee Glaze and Dontavious Marshall.|Joe Crine

Coach Rickey McCullough’s 2010-2011 Bainbridge High School Bearcats basketball team returns a core group of players who helped lead the team to the Region 1AAAA championship, and a second straight State Class AAAA Final 4 appearance a year ago.

The Bearcats will open their regular season Tuesday, Nov. 30 against Malone Florida High School in Malone.

The top returner is 6-foot, 5-inch senior forward Devon Baulkman, the 2009-2010 Region 1AAAA player of the year. He averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds a game last season.

Also back are 6-foot, 4-inch junior center Rodney Glenn and 6-foot senior center Shawn Samuels who is probably the strongest leaper on the team.

Jamar Cosby, a 6-foot, 5 inch senior forward will also help down low. Also back to play the post is 6-foot, 4-inch junior Rodney Glenn.

Senior Rohan Gaines, who returns at guard, will be out until December due to a football injury.

Senior forward Jamar Cosby provides some height in the front court with his 6 foot, 5 inch frame.

Back at guard are a pair of 5 foot, 10 inch seniors, Ronald Crawford and Lee Glaze. Senior Rohan Gaines, another returning senior starter, will be out until late December as he recovers from an injury suffered during football season.

Senior leadership will also be provided by 6-foot, 2-inch forward D.J. Stubbs, and 5-foot, 7-inch guard Adam Taylor.

A player who will add depth to the forward position is 6-foot, 5-inch junior Trea Kelly, a transfer from Grace Christian Academy where he was most valuable player last season.

Rashad Kelly, a 5-foot, 11-inch junior, and Quincy Fortson, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior, will add depth at guard along with 5-foot, 9-inch sophomore Dontavius Marshall.

Among those adding depth at forward are 6-foot sophomores Greg Lee and 6-foot, 2-inch junior Paul Chukes.