Last season: Took fourth in the Southwest League
What’s to like about Durango: The Trailblazers’ core players were significant contributors last season, including sophomore guard Anthony Hunter, who averaged nearly 10 points per game as a freshman. Junior guard Nick Blake, who scored seven points per game in 2016-17, has multiple scholarship offers, and senior Vernell Watts (6-foot-5) is primed for a breakout season.
The biggest obstacle for Durango: While Durango’s starters are experienced, it’s second unit is unproven. To survive the rigors of Southwest League play, where five teams are ranked in the preseason top 10, the Trailblazers will need to develop depth. Like most teams, one injury — especially to Hunter or Blake — could derail the season.
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