Bowie bring back a lot of talent, but it’s going to be tough to replace a player like Isaiah Burkes.
Burkes averaged 12.5 points per game in his senior season with Bowie. Burke is now a member of Morgan State and scored 17 points in his first collegiate game.
“It’s hard to replace a guy like him, but this year as a team were moving in right direction,” Bowie Head Coach Tremaine Price said.
Taking the place of Burke at the point guard position will be Jordan Mitchell.
“My role at the point guard spot will be big for me this year,” Mitchell said. “Last year I was more of a role player and [brought] energy off the bench. This season as a senior, I will be one of the leaders for this team.”
Mitchell is receiving interest from low Division I schools, Division II and a few junior colleges.
Bulldogs also bring back their leading scorer Kyree Freeman-Davis. Bobby Carson, who might be the one of the most skilled players in the Maryland 4A division this season, Jordan Harris, who led the Bulldogs in three-point shooting last season with 70 threes, and Nigel Cruz–a player brings that intensity on both sides of the floor. Price thinks Cruz’s potential is unlimited.
“We also bring up some guys from our junior varsity that went undefeated last season but you know the difference between [junior varsity] to varsity is not even close,” Price said.
Price actually felt the chemistry was a little off early on in the summer. Price has seen improvements from his team. However, his biggest concern is his team gambling on the defensive end.
The Bulldogs have an interesting non-conference schedule, which consist of Rock Creek Christian Academy, National Christian Academy and Potomac. Bowie will also in the 2018 DeMatha Christmas Tournament.
In conference, there is a lot of noise around Eleanor Roosevelt with its deep roster. Price respects the Crusaders talent level, but he thinks his team is just as good.
“You know already having Cameron Brown and Isaiah Gross from last season and adding on to that in a guard like Kyle Rose is a talented team,” Price said. “Our mind is that we should be the favorite though.”