GLENCOE — The majority of last year’s Glencoe boys basketball team that won the Etowah County tournament and made it to the Northeast Regional in Jacksonville is gone.

Yellow Jackets coach Jason Gilley played mostly eight guys last year with seven of them being seniors.

Jakeb Amberson, now a senior, was the other and looks to be a big part of the team this season.

Outside of Amberson, though, varsity experience is very limited.

“I really think this year may be a growing year for us,” Gilley said. “I expect them to be pretty good next year. Just for the simple fact that they don’t have any varsity experience.”

Gilley’s squad is heavy with juniors and he believes the team will rely on them. Bryan Benefield is only junior who saw significant varsity action last season, and it was still limited.

Because of that, Gilley doesn't know who the starting five will be. But he has no doubt the seven juniors will see a lot of time on the court.

No matter who sees playing time, size will likely not be an advantage for the Yellow Jackets. Amberson is the tallest player on the Glencoe roster at 6-foot-2. The Yellow Jackets have three 6-foot-1 players (Cam Harris, Collins Roberts and Bradley Scott).

Bradley Scott and Elijah Trimm are the two lone players over 200 pounds.

“I probably won’t play a true post player this year and make some adjustments there,” Gilley said. “I do have two kids (Scott and Trimm) that came back out this year that I kept just to have a bigger body when I needed them. But they haven’t played since junior high. They are going to be situational until I see they’ve picked back up on everything.”

Gilley said this year’s team will be the smallest one he’s ever had.

“It’s definitely going to be different,” he added. “I think there are some things I haven’t been able to do in the past because of our size. … I think we can push it a little bit more.”

Just because this season is viewed as a “growing year” doesn’t meant there aren’t postseason aspirations. The other two teams in Glencoe’s area (Piedmont and Pleasant Valley) lost a lot of players to graduation as well.

“It’s basically everybody’s JV is moving up,” Gilley said. “So I don’t want to say it’s going to be a down year. … I like our chances against Piedmont and Pleasant Valley both. If we take care of those two teams, we’re in.”

Glencoe starts its season Tuesday at Oneonta.