In his eighth season as head coach for Potomac High School, Renard Johnson has a challenge ahead of him.
Johnson lost nine seniors including standout guard Jason Newman from last year’s team that went 21-3. Newman was the orchestrator for the Wolverines, as his leadership and offensive skills carried the team.
“Jason orchestrated much of the offense last season, and you know I didn’t really have to be a coach as much, but this season I think I’m going to have to do a bit more coaching,” Johnson said.
Despite losing a handful of seniors, Potomac will bring back guard Corey Dyches and guard Sincere Jones.
Dyches, who averaged 11 points per game last year, is two-sport athlete at Potomac. Johnson thinks at the end of the day, Dyches will stick to football.
Dyches narrowed his recruitment list in football to Maryland, Toledo, Boston College and other schools.
“I think basketball actually enhances his football skills,” Johnson said. “He just balls out every game.”
Last season, Jones was backup guard for Newman. Jones really took off in the final game against Poly where the Wolverines lost 61-58. Jones had 17 points off the bench. With Newman gone, Jones will need to take his game to another level.
Along with Jones and Dyches this season, Coach Johnson will have Elijah Mason, Jaquan Riddick, and Elijah Crawford to round out the starting five.
Johnson feels Mason, who is 6-foot-8, will be a major contributor to the team this season.
Riddick, a football player like Dyches, is the glue of this Wolverines team, as he is a gritty and tough athlete.
Crawford is a player Johnson feels will need to score 13-15 points per game for the team to win. He is a 6-foot-2 guard with lots of energy, and all the hard work he put in over the summer resulted into a Most Valuable Player award at Hoop Group.
Potomac has five non-conference games on its schedule. They will play a loaded Bowie team, Flowers, who brings back guard Brian Brooks, Theodore Roosevelt, Cesar Chavez, and Friendship Tech.
“At the end of the day, I just want everybody’s confidence to be high starting the first game of the season,” Johnson said. “When we play teams, they want to give us their best shot because I feel we are one of the premier schools.”