MARION, S.C. – Marion Swamp Foxes basketball coach Andre Weathers said he is excited to get the season started with a team he expects to make another deep run in the playoffs after a third round exit last year. Marion will be quite busy during the holidays.

“We have tryouts start Nov. 2,” he said. “We already got two jamborees and two scrimmages lined-up.”

Marion will be participating in three holiday tournaments, starting Dec. 20 at the18th Annual Chick-fil-A Classic Holiday Basketball Tournament in Columbia. The Swamp Foxes will be part of the 2019 Carolina Challenge portion of the bracket that features North Augusta, Great Falls, North Charleston, Christ Church, Blythwood, Richland Northeast, A.L. Brown and Northside Christian. More than 30 nationally ranked players will be showcased in the event.

Marion will then play in the Pepsi Carolina Classic at the Florence Civic Center on Dec. 26. The Swamp Foxes will close out with another appearance in Columbia as part of the 5th annual MLK Bash at Eau Claire High School.

“I think for us it helps us take the next step in building a program,” Weathers said. “To be invited to these type of tournaments says a lot about your program.”

Weathers, a former assistant coach at Johnsonville and head coach at Hemingway has helped teams reach the state championship game. He hopes to reach the final again with his new team. In two seasons, Weathers has led Marion to a 38-18 record, reaching the lower state final in Class 2A and the third round in Marion’s move up to 3A.

Multiple players on the Swamp Foxes are also on the recruiting radar, which makes showcasing their talent a priority for Weathers.

Junior forward T.J. Sanders visited University of South Carolina during the offseason after posting outstanding numbers that included 19.5 points per game and pulling down 15 rebounds per game. Junior guard Mac Washington’s above the rim game included scoring 12 points per game and 9.8 rebounds. Senior point guard A.J. Vaught dished out six assists per game while senior guard Saeqwan McCollough’s defense resulted in more than three steals per game. Marion also brings back 10 returning players.

“We have T.J. and Mac but we are a little bit more dangerous,” Weathers said. “Our point guard has been working hard all summer also.”

Weathers said this year’s team wants to win every game.

“That’s going to take us coming together as one,” he said. “I think if everything falls into place we can win it all.”

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Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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