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Payton Willis Leads the Fayetteville Bulldogs in the Tough 7-A West

The 7-A West is one of the toughest conferences in the state whether we are talking basketball or football. The Fayetteville Bulldogs face several other high octane basketball powerhouses during conference play. Fayetteville head coach Kyle Adams has a tremendous roster returning for the 2015-2016 basketball season. The roster includes quality players such as: Payton Willis, Drake Wymer, and Caleb Finney. The entire team is loaded from top to bottom and this should be a sensational year for the Purple Dogs.

Coach Adams and the Purple Dogs had an excellent run last season. However, it did not end in a state championship which is the ultimate goal. Last season, the Purple Dogs had impressive victories over Bentonville, Springdale Har-Ber, and Fort Smith Northside. Fayetteville fell to North Little Rock in the state playoffs although, by most accounts, it was a successful season to basketball observers in Arkansas.

The 2015-2016 season is going to be a tough one for whoever gains control of the 7-A West. Should that team be the Fayetteville Purple Dogs, there is going to be some fantastic high school basketball played very soon. The potential match-ups are interesting to consider when you see Bentonville-Fayetteville on the schedule twice. Payton Willis and Malik Monk will have the spotlight those nights. Willis has the skills to be a solid player in the SEC. Willis is (64 190 pounds) and can play either the point or shooting guard position. Payton is a good ball handler and has one of the better three point jumpers in the state. Simply put, Willis is a solid player and will fit into the Vanderbilt basketball program well next season.

Willis and the Purple Dogs will be tested early this season. Fayetteville will be opening the season with North Little Rock which should draw plenty of excitement from around the state. With a schedule that also includes Conway, Bentonville, Springdale Har-Ber twice, and Fort Smith Northside. The Non-Conference slate should help prepare Fayetteville for the Conference schedule, and neither will be easy to deal with. Fayetteville will have to play tenacious defense and be able to put the ball in the basket. If Coach Adams can keep everyone injury-free, the sky is the limit with this team in terms of potential. Fayetteville fans should get over to the gym and catch this talented team this season.

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