Warriors crack ABA’s Top 20 without firing a single shot

The upstart S.C. Warriors haven’t scored the first basket in franchise history yet, but they’re already getting some serious respect.

The American Basketball Association announced its Preseason Power Rankings on Monday and the Myrtle Beach-based Warriors are ranked 20th in the 80-team league.

Not bad for a team that won’t take the floor for the first time until its Nov. 18 season opener against the Carolina Jaguars at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

So how does a team that’s never played a game crack the Top 20 list? According to ABA CEO Joe Newman, who helped rank the teams based on past performance and roster strength, it’s a good question.

”Definitely not easy to do,” he said.  “We have some strong teams returning as well as some very good new teams and there are only 24 positions in the Power Rankings. With the season opening next week, there should be a lot of movement.”

The Warriors have assembled an impressive roster on paper, but the games are played on the hardwood. With four former Coastal Carolina University players and two former College of Charleston teammates could help close the gap on the togetherness curve.

Former Chants Jack Leasure, Colin Stevens and Mario Edwards and Jo Harris and ex-Cougars Tony White Jr. and Dustin Scott provide a solid core of local players.

Teammates Mike Vogler (Troy), Curtis Thomas (Indiana Tech) and Fred Peete (New Mexico State) and swingmen Alex Chapman (Vanguard), Marquise Gainous (Texas Christian) and John Fowler (Arkansas-Little Rock) provide a mix of talent.

The roster has not been finalized so more additions could take place before the season opener. Meanwhile, the Warriors will try to mesh their talent into a team as training camp opens in the coming days and the Jaguars come calling in just over two weeks.

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