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New faces give Vikings a boost

Three gifted transfer students - 6-foot-3 junior Shumeek Scott, 6-8 junior Rodney Blount, and 5-10 senior Quavon Burrell - could help Eastern make headway in the Olympic Conference American Division race.

Cherokee and Lenape are the favorites, but Eastern is an interesting dark horse.

"We have a lot of talent, but they've never played together and it'll take a while for them to develop a chemistry," Eastern coach Joe Murphy said. "Athletically, I think we can compete with Cherokee and Lenape, but those teams have played together and you know they'll play with composure. We could be a year away."

Scott transferred from Gloucester Catholic, Blount transferred from Atlantic City (he didn't play, so he won't have to sit out the first 30 days of the season), and Burrell transferred from Central Prep.

Eastern figures to be led by 6-1 junior guard Bobby Harris, who averaged about 12 points per game last season. Harris is a solid three-point shooter, as is Matt Honrychs.

The Vikings' most pressing need? Finding a point guard to run the show. Logan Ryan was last season's point guard, but the junior has decided to bypass basketball to concentrate on football and weightlifting.

- Sam Carchidi