WATCH: Desert Hills Basketball Preview 2022-23
By Andy Thompson, ESPN 977
Last season: 7-15 (3-9 in Region)
Playoffs: Desert Hills was the 10-seed. Lost in triple overtime to the 7-seed Cedar Reds in the first round of the playoffs.
Everybody's Back (almost)
The Thunder return their top four scorers from last season including senior Lincoln Holmes who lead the team with 16 points per game. Holmes is poised to have another prolific scoring season and will likely be in the hunt for the top scorer in region this year. He ended last year with an electrifying 28 point game in the playoffs against Cedar. Holmes is one of the best slashers in the region but can also pull-up from midrange, hit threes off the bounce, as well as facilitate. He finished the regular season last year with 11 threes in the final three games of the season.
"We've brought a lot of intensity to practice," Holmes said. "We've brought that brotherhood and that bond from football over to basketball, and bringing that 'chip here...it inspires [us] a lot. So we are going to be ready."
Holmes is one of a handful of Thunder basketball players who were also on the state championship football team. The others include Hunter Clark and Tayven Mortensen.
Boston and Chomp
Senior point guard Boston Holbrook, who averaged seven points per game and three assists last year, will be the floor general once again this season for Coach Allred. Holbrook started last season off with a bang, scoring 15 points in the opener against Ridgeline. He also rebounds really well from the perimeter and is a vocal leader on the floor.
Senior guard Chomp Jones only got to play a few games last year due to injury. Chomp will provide a good second or third scoring option for the Thunder that they missed at times last year. Jones is known for his tenacious play on both ends of the court and ability to hit shots from long range.
The Thunder open the season December 2nd at Sky View.
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