He was able to bring in heralded junior forward Alex Tyus – and has surrounded the high-flying Tyus with plenty of other D-1 talent.
McAvene will likely go with a three-guard lineup that includes 6-foot-4 Josh Tabb, who signed with Southern Illinois last year but is looking at other options – including Tennessee; 6-foot Indiana-bound point guard Deonte Vaughn and former Bridgton Academy (Maine) standout Tyrone Appleton, who knows a thing or two about winning after winning the NEPSAC Class A title a year ago.
``We're still trying to figure out our chemistry, but I'm really impressed with our guard play," Tyus said. "We have five guards we can rotate in at any time. We're definitely going to be able to score a lot of points."
``Our guard play is going to be very strong," McAvene said. "We feel like all four of our guards are some of the best in the prep school ranks in the entire country. We'll be able to get out in the open court and we should be exciting."
Tyus is penciled in to start up front along with Seton Hall commit Quincy Owens, a 6-foot-8 junior from Milwaukee. Tyus played at Hazelwood Central (Mo.) last season and had a breakout summer while splitting time between the Illinois Warriors and the D-One Greyhounds.
Harmony will also bring in 6-foot-3 Marcus Rhodes, a Gary, Ind., native who is getting mid-major looks, off the bench – along with 6-10 junior big man Tearon Hill, 6-6 small forward Alex Davis, 6-foot-7 senior power forward Jonathan Avory and 6-8 senior Guy Alang Ntang, who hails from Cameroon.
``This is the most athletic team I've had," McAvene said. ``They have the ability to put a lot of points on the board."
``But we've got to get better at learning to share the ball and putting our egos aside," he added.
Appleton is a guy who knows plenty about putting egos on the back burner. He was one of the leaders for Bridgton last year.
``We've got guys who want the same thing we did at Bridgton," said Appleton, who is looking at Virginia Tech and Illinois State. "Everyone wants to win. We've got great guards and I think we can win the national title this year."