7A BOYS PREVIEW: Har-Ber looks to finish strong

Posted: November 5, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Bentonville's Michael Shanks, a junior, is a key returning piece for the Tigers and new coach Dick Rippee, who was hired away from Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo in April. NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
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Bentonville's Michael Shanks, a junior, is a key returning piece for the Tigers and new coach Dick Rippee, who was hired away from Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo in April. NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF

Springdale Har-Ber coach Scott Bowlin took a long, concentrated look at his program following the Wildcats' state semifinal loss in March.

7A Boys High 5

Isaiah Joe^Fort Smith Northside^6-4^Sr.

Averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 58 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range, guiding the Grizzlies to a 7A state title in 2017 as a junior.

Tylor Perry^Springdale Har-Ber^5-10^Jr.

Averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the Wildcats to a 22-8 season and a semifinal appearance as a sophomore.

Michael Shanks^Bentonville^6-6^Jr.

Averaged 9.6 points and 3 rebounds per game in conference play during sophomore season. The 6-foot-6 junior, who holds an Arkansas State offer, is a key returning piece for new coach Dick Rippee.

Carl Fitch^Springdale High^6-5^Sr.

Averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game in 7A-West play as a junior, earning 2017 All-NWADG Newcomer of the Year honors.

Collin Cooper^Fayetteville^6-1^Jr.

The Purple’Dogs’ leading returning scorer from 2016-17 who has a chance to become one of the conference’s best scoring options.

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