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NORTH LITTLE ROCK BOYS BASKETBALL | Jammin’ for Jackets starts tonight

The weather has wreaked a little bit of havoc on the state of Arkansas and the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats.

After the weather cancelled Friday’s action, the Charging Wildcats found themselves with nothing to do until this weekend’s Jammin’ for Jackets Tournament.

The annual tournament that features all five North Little Rock and Little Rock public schools along with Mills and Episcopal Collegiate.

The Charging Wildcats will face Episcopal Collegiate that made a deep run into the state tournament last season.

Last year’s Jammin for Jackets was the stage where the Charging Wildcats began to shine on their way to an undefeated conference title and a state championship.

What the Charging Wildcats have been doing while they have been away from competition is getting a couple of players inserted into the mix from football.

K.J. Hill and Khalil Gulley will be two football players that head coach Johnny Rice figures to play prominent roles in the Charging Wildcats’ success.

“We wanted to get those guys acclimated,” Rice said. “We got them in and worked with them and then got them into some team things.”

Hill is somewhat of a known commodity having built a reputation as one of the state’s top football players; the junior guard may be just as good on the hardwood as he is on the gridiron.

Rice said Hill would fill the role that former guard Gary Vines filled as a steady defender and ball handler.

Gulley is a bit of a mystery although Rice said he hopes that his big man can answer a question mark that has been looming for this team.

“One of the things about our team was that how were we going to look in the post,” Rice said.

Gulley could bring an element of toughness to the Charging Wildcats that could prove beneficial.

“When we need a rebound, or just some toughness in the post,” Rice said.

On Friday, North Little Rock will play the winner of Little Rock Parkview and Little Rock McClellan.

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