Jamboree gives Carter idea where Jackets can sharpen skill

Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter

Staff Writer

Coach Greg Carter and the Starkville Yellow Jackets still have a few days to sharpen their stinger before opening the 2018-19 basketball season.

After Saturday's jamboree, Carter saw some things that needed attention before taking the court for the first time officially this coming Saturday at the Hound Dog Classic at Tupelo.

”It’s coming along, but we’ve still got a long way to go to be the team that we want to be, but it’s a good little starting point for us," Carter said. "We know exactly where we are and what we need to work on.

“(Saturday) was a chance for them to get their feet wet in a game that doesn’t count against your record. It’s a good chance to get past the nervousness and get comfortable with game situations against other people."

Carter thought the Jackets were a little overly aggressive in their play in the jamboree.

There were some gambles that Carter didn't believe was necessary out of his players at certain times. He said attention will be on that this week.

"We over-pressured the ball a little bit, but those are things that will get better as time goes on and we’ll correct those things," Carter said.

Carter said he will rely on senior guards Terry Tate, Tyler Talley and Jamarrion Brown to lead SHS.

Tate will run the show at point guard, while Talley and Brown will be on the wings.

"Those three will be our top guys coming back," Carter said. "Lance Trainer has been out with an injury. He’s just now gotten cleared and has been providing spot play a little bit. He’s not back at full strength yet. Those will be the main guys we’ll be leaning on as far as seniors this year.

“We’ve got some guys stepping up. We’ve got a good mix of returning guys with new guys. The new guys are stepping up."

Carter is anxious to watch the tape of the jamboree and get back into the gym for some practice days before the Jackets play Itawamba AHS on Saturday. The tip in Tupelo is set for 4:30 p.m.