Very Early Look At The Portsmouth Trojans in 2019-2020

What can Trojan fans expect in the 2019-2020 season?

Portsmouth loses 2 starters from this past season, MyQuel McKinley and Danny Lattimore. McKinley provided some excellent rebounding and defense, while Lattimore was a consistent scorer in double figures. Going forward, replacing Lattimore will be much tougher because right now there is no one who can provide the scoring support that Lattimore gave the Trojans. He averaged around 12-13 PPG and had several games over 20 points. The Trojans must find at least 3 players who can average 10-15 PPG. One of course is Matthew Fraulini, who led the team with a 17 PPG average. If PHS can find scoring support for him, then Fraulini might be averaging in the 20 PPG range. Otherwise, it will be repeat of this past season when teams faceguarded Matthew knowing that Lattimore was the only consistent scoring threat even though he was not a jump shooter. The Trojans had 6 games in which they scored 37 points or less, going 0-6 in those games, and to have a winning season they simply have got to score more points. Athletically, they should be able to put another quick team on the floor, with the ability to lock down in man to man defense, but if they can't score, they won't win very many games; it could be repeat of this past season.

Portsmouth should get a break in OVC play, with Ironton, Gallia Academy, and Coal Grove all losing most of their starting lineups. For the Trojans to move up in the conference standings, though, putting the ball in the basket more often is imperative. In the non-conference, Wheelersburg loses 4 starters, including 6-6 Tanner Holden.

5-9 Drew Roe (SO in 2019-2020), 6-2 Miles Shipp (JR in 2019-2020), and 6-2 Matthew Fraulini (SR in 2019-2020) are the returning starters. There should be a large pool of candidates to fill the other 2 slots. Whoever can score just might have the inside track.

Coach Collins will be back for his 11th year, and he plans to take the team to Florida.