Boys Basketball Season Preview

MACON, Ga. – After a quick exit from last year’s region tournament, the Vikings are eager to hit the court and it appears FPD will have the weapons to make a run at a GHSA Class-A State Tournament berth.

Below is a preview on the upcoming season for Viking fans.


All eyes will be on sophomore point guard O’Showen Williams. Already garnering attention from colleges across the nation, Williams will be a legitimate scorer and floor manager for the Red & Black.

Senior guard T.J. Sams will be the primary scorer for FPD. As a junior, Sams averaged 21.7 points per game and shot 44 percent from the floor. Coupled with Williams’ last season average of 14.1 points per contest, the Vikings will have a lethal one-two punch out front.

Senior Joseph Lengel could receive some extra touches throughout the 2013-14 season. Will teams likely to pressure Williams and Sams, Lengel will have a chance to score and continue his rebounding success from a year ago.


Viking Nation will welcome back senior Taylor Burns this season. Burns did not play during his junior campaign due to injury.

Burns, a 6’2 forward, will be relied upon heavily for his leadership all year.


Viking fans saw first-hand how size can affect a team when Caleb Samuel joined FPD last summer to play football.

Now, FPD basketball fans will get to see the big man compete in the post for FPD.

Samuel has already committed to play football at the University of North Caroline, but the soon-to-be Tarheel will look to be the primary rebounder and post-threat in the paint for the Vikings. Samuel’s size (6’7, 265 lb.) is a much needed asset down low for FPD’s offense and defense.

Key Players: 

G O’Showen Williams, 5-10, Soph. (16 ppg., 6 apg.); G T.J. Sams, 6-1, Sr. (22 ppg.); F Taylor Burns, 6-3, Sr.; C Caleb Samuel, 6-6, Sr.


2012-13 Record: 13-12

Head Coach: Michael Brooker (seventh year)

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