Basketball preview: Dacula Falcons

Dacula's Xavier Okoro

Dacula's Xavier Okoro



Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: B.J. Roy

2010-11 record: 13-12

Returning regulars:

Xavier Okoro, Sr., 6-2

Anthony Morse, Sr., 6-7

Brandon Goodson, Jr., 5-10

Others to watch:

Will Searcy, Sr., 5-10

Alex Armah, Sr., 5-10

Jaylen Williams, Jr., 6-0

Clyde Niba, 6-3

Outlook: The Falcons return three starters, including honorable mention all-region choice Xavier Okoro. He averaged team highs in points (11.0) and rebounds (7.4) last season, when Dacula lost to Brookwood in the region quarterfinals and missed out on the state tournament. The Falcons also return Brandon Goodson, who averaged 7.3 points, and Anthony Morse, who contributed 6.8 rebounds per game.

Worth noting: Dacula Middle School won a division title and was unbeaten until losing to Sweetwater for the county championship last season. D.A. Clark and Logan MacIntyre will see some varsity time as freshmen. Two other players from that team are attending high school elsewhere, however. Keyshawn Gibbs, who scored 38 points in the county championship game, is at St. Francis and Jonathan Hawkins at Central Gwinnett.


No. Name Ht. Class

2 Bryson Burlong 6-0 Sr.

3 Jaylen Williams 6-0 Jr.

5 Anthony Morse 6-7 Sr.

10 Kyle Jones 6-0 Jr.

11 Brandon Goodson 5-10 Jr.

15 Clyde Niba 6-3 Sr.

20 D.A. Clark 6-3 Fr.

22 Will Searcy 5-10 Sr.

24 Alex Armah 5-10 Sr.

33 Xavier Okoro 6-2 Sr.

34 Donta Brown 6-0 Jr.

41 Logan MacIntyre 6-3 Fr.

44 Ifeanyi Okoye 6-3 Jr.


Region: 8-AAAAA

Coach: Travis Young

2010-11 record: 5-21

Returning regulars:

Briana Daniels, Sr., 5-4

April Green, Sr., 5-7

Kendelle Culpepper, Sr., 5-7

Megan Bush, Sr., 5-10

Others to watch:

Joni Weatherspoon, Jr., 5-10

Ana Machovec, Soph., 5-10

Outlook: The Falcons are hoping for a much better season than a year ago, when they had just one senior. The team has gone from almost no experience to plenty of it. The roster includes six seniors and many of the underclassmen saw plenty of action last year. Joni Weatherspoon got several starts as a sophomore and is the leading returning scorer at 5.8 points per game. She also averaged a team-best 4.7 rebounds.

Worth noting: April Green and Kendelle Culpepper return after averaging 4.9 points and 4.8 points, respectively. Green also grabbed 4.9 rebounds per game. Fellow seniors Briana Daniels and Megan Bush also started last season and Ana Machovec got plenty of experience as a freshman.


No. Name Ht. Class

3 Briana Daniels 5-4 Sr.

5 Katelyn Daniels 5-6 Jr.

10 Joni Weatherspoon 5-10 Jr.

11 Taryn Anthony 5-6 Sr.

12 Katie McMillian 5-5 Jr.

14 Anazjah Mayes 5-6 Jr.

20 Megan Bush 5-10 Sr.

21 Kendelle Culpepper 5-7 Sr.

22 Ana Machovec 5-10 Soph.

25 April Green 5-7 Sr.

30 Celina Leigh 5-9 Sr.


Nov. 18 at Meadowcreek

Nov. 19 Chattahoochee at Archer

Nov. 21 Collins Hill at Archer

Nov. 29 Providence

Dec. 2 Archer

Dec. 3 at Grayson

Dec. 6 Shiloh

Dec. 9 Brookwood

Dec. 17 Mill Creek

Dec. 20-22 at Jared Cook Classic

Dec. 30 at Duluth

Jan. 3 Parkview

Jan. 6 S. Gwinnett

Jan. 7 at C. Gwinnett

Jan. 10 Berkmar

Jan. 13 at Archer

Jan. 17 at Grayson

Jan. 20 at Shiloh

Jan. 24 at Brookwood

Jan. 31 at Parkview

Feb. 3 at S. Gwinnett

Feb. 7 C. Gwinnett

Feb. 10 at Berkmar