WARREN Ohio (WKBN) – Harding may not return many experienced players to the fold but hopes are high with those who are preparing for the season.

Coach Keelyn Franklin says, “We have a well-rounded group. I believe we have about five or six guys that can lead us on any given night. This year will be done by committee.”

Jacob Lawrence is back after averaging 7.5 points and 2.7 boards per game as a junior. Khalil Williams scored 3.9 points in 13 games while posting a 3.8 average in rebounding. “Khalil has put in a lot of work this summer,” remarks Franklin. “We’re expecting him to be a big contributor on both ends of the floor.”

Expect Kamari Adams to play a key role for the team this year as well.

Last February, Harding defeated GlenOak (56-50) and Lake (47-42) to win the sectional championship before falling to Stow-Munroe Falls in the district semifinal round.

The Raiders must replace the playmaking ability of Tyriq Ivory, who scored 20-points or more in eleven games last season. Number 1 went over 30 points in three outings, including his 34-point performance against Struthers on January 22.

Franklin adds, “We’re hoping to utilize our length to defend and make it tough on opponents. On the offense end, we want to take care of the ball and execute.”

The season opens with a trip to Solon on November 29.

Warren Harding Raiders
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Keelyn Franklin
2021-22 Record: 13-12 (4-4), 2nd place in All-American Conference
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Stow-Munroe Falls (48-29) in District Semifinal
Last 5-Years: 59-54 (52.2%)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 56.2
Scoring Defense: 59.6

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Tyriq Ivory, 22.4
Rebounding: Duncan Moy, 6.1
Assists: Tyriq Ivory, 2.4
Steals: Tyriq Ivory, 3.5
Free Throw Percentage: Patien Stevenson, 64.7%
Three-Point Percentage: Duncan Moy, 32.1%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 29 – at Solon
Dec. 2 – at Liberty
Dec. 3 – Struthers
Dec. 6 – Chaney
Dec. 9 – Massillon
Dec. 13 – at Cardinal Mooney
Dec. 17 – Kennedy Catholic
Dec. 23 – Canton McKinley
Dec. 29 – vs. Green
Jan. 3 – at Ursuline
Jan. 5 – at Painesville Harvey
Jan. 6 – at Howland
Jan. 10 – Fitch
Jan. 13 – at Canfield
Jan. 17 – Boardman
Jan. 21 – GlenOak
Jan. 27 – East
Jan. 28 – at Cardinal Mooney
Jan. 31 – Howland
Feb. 3 – at Fitch
Feb. 7 – Canfield
Feb. 10 – at Boardman
Feb. 14 – East Liverpool