Video: Preseason Top 25 basketball rankingsBreaking down the national contenders heading into the 2019-20 season.
Head Coach: Fred Johnson
Last Season: No. 81 in final Top 100, 30-5 (NCISAA Class 4A state champions)
(6-3, Sr., G) — Committed to North Carolina State
Dec. 19-23 vs. TBD — Chick-Fil-A Classic
Dec. 26-28 vs. TBD — HAECO Invitational
Jan. 16-18 vs. TBD — Bass Pro Tournament of Champions
This group will look to do what no other team has ever done in the history of the storied program — win a fourth consecutive state title.
The Bengals enter 2019-20 as heavy favorites to do just that, returning a strong core led by their high-major guard tandem of Carson McCorkle and Cam Hayes.
Other players expected to make strong contributions this season include high-scoring guard Brock Williams, talented freshman guard Jaydon Young and incoming transfer Bryce Harris.
Always a well-coached group, the top-ranked team from the Tar Heel State will have to find a way to contain elite big men against national competition without a true post presence in their rotation.
They will travel to the Chick-Fil-A Classic, Bass Pro Tournament of Champions and take on quality in-state competition throughout the year.
If the Bengals can perform well in the previously mentioned events, they could have an opportunity to make a run at their third trip to GEICO Nationals in early April.