Camren Hunter, Bryant Hornets expect to be in the mix for a state title in boys basketball, too

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Arkansas will break down every 6A boys and girls basketball team in the state entering the 2020-21 season. Here’s our look at the Bryant Hornets boys.

Camren Hunter photo courtesy of Bryant High School

BRYANT TEAM PAGE | 2020-21 SCHEDULE

HEAD COACH

Mike Abrahamson, 11th season 

2019-20 AT A GLANCE

Overall record: 17-12

Conference record: 8-6 (tied for third place in 6A Central)

Playoffs: Lost in quarterfinals 

ALL-STATE PLAYERS DEPARTED

G Treylon Payne

PLAYERS TO WATCH

G Camren Hunter, sr., 6-3

A four-year starter and Central Arkansas commit, Hunter made the all-state team a season ago and has been a part of a lot of wins over the past three years at Bryant. Hunter can score in a variety of ways and will be asked to carry the Hornets as a senior. “He’s very skilled, he’s a very physical player and we will go as he goes most likely,” Abrahamson said. “He’ll definitely be our leader.” 

G Khasen Robinson, jr., 5-11

Robinson comes from an athletic family and has four brothers, including University of Arkansas freshman guard Khalen Robinson. Khasen is an explosive player who Abrahamson hopes will live at the free-throw line this season. “He’s very athletic, shoots it well and drives it well,” the coach said. “He’s just very hard to guard.”

G Corey Nichols, so., 5-11

Nichols is a sophomore point guard who brings toughness and defensive tenacity. He was called up to varsity near the end of last season and played big minutes at the state tournament. “This is kind of vague, but the guy is just a winner,” Abrahamson said. “A football player, he’s a competitor and wants to win bad.”

F Will Diggins, jr., 6-4

A Division I-caliber offensive lineman, Diggins was 6-foot-2 as a sophomore and now measures 6-4 and 270 pounds. He is a strong interior player who has excellent hands and feet for his size. “He catches it well, moves well, knows how to use his body and has a nice-looking shot as well,” Abrahamson said.

OUTLOOK

Bryant is going to have to wait a bit to see what its full team looks like. Abrahamson estimated that the varsity basketball roster will double in size when the Hornets are done with football. The 7A state championship football game between Bryant and North Little Rock is scheduled for Dec. 5.

“We are counting on more football players than ever before,” Abrahamson said. “Right now we’re an incomplete team … so we’re not really playing yet. We tried to hold off because it’s like having two completely different teams.”

Treylon Payne, a prolific scorer and an all-state selection, is now playing junior college basketball, but the Hornets have Hunter back to lead the offense. After Diggins, Nichols and Robinson, Abrahamson will be counting on mostly unknowns to fill out the rotation.

“I hope we have some depth this year, that’s how I hope this plays out,” he said. “There are several other guys that could contribute, and I hope they will contribute.”

Bryant finished 1-1 at the state tournament last season without Hunter, who was sidelined because of injury.

“We also had a couple off-the-court deals, so we went to that tournament smaller and missing our best player but still won a game and played well the next game,” Abrahamson said.

If the Hornets can stay healthy and get the football players acclimated to the hardwood, Bryant should be able to make it further than the state quarterfinals this winter.

“We feel like we can be competitive with anyone in our class,” Abrahamson said. “Hopefully we’re playing our best basketball in March and are in the mix competing for a championship.”

COACH SAID 

“We’re the only 6A team relying on that many guys from football. When we get everybody, I hope we’re a physical team. We’ve got some good guards and a little bit of size. Not the same amount that some of our conference foes have, but we do have a little bit of size.” — Mike Abrahamson

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