Here's what has taken place so far this off-season in the Bayside Conference on the Eastern Shore:
Bubby Brown will be joining the coaching staff of Runner-Up Bayside Champions Stephen Decatur. Head Coach BJ Johnson has also added Brian McDermott (former head coach at Mardela, assistant at Salisbury University), Corey Zimmer and Nicky Johnson to his staff for the upcoming season.
Brown was a key player on Wicomico High's 2002 state championship team, played college basketball at UMES and has since spent time coaching AAU basketball and serving as an assistant for Wi-Hi. Brown said via Twitter that Decatur will be 3A champions within the next three years.
A big part of Stephen Decatur's success last season was Bayside Defensive Player of the Year Colen Gaynor. But just days ago, Gaynor elected to transfer to Parkside high school in Salisbury for his senior season, joining up with fellow All-Bayside players in 2015 combo guard Dajour Diggs and 2015 forward Juwan Williams.
The addition of the athletic two-guard makes Parkside look like the early favorites on paper in the Bayside's Southern division. Gaynor is 6'4", can score inside and out and defend multiple positions. His great play with Team Loaded this summer has earned him D1 interest from schools like James Madison and Radford. He already has visits scheduled with both schools.
Kent County reached the regional 1A semi-finals last season with a very young roster, led by All-Shore Newcomer of the Year Marcquan Greene. This season, Greene and company will be getting some more help with Jonathon Smallwood moving into the area. Smallwood played last season for Brandywine in Delaware but a source says that he has recently moved into the area and will be playing basketball for the Trojans. The source also said that Smallwood was an example of a good player on a bad team at Brandywine and should start for Kent County this coming season at either the 2 or the 3.
It appears that Cambridge-South Dorchester will have a new coach in 2014 after struggling to a 7-12; 6-10 record under Bill Horsey. A source said that Horsey has stepped down and that the school will offer the job to candidates in-county first and then to the general public.
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