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Transfers have The Colony among state's best

Two transfer students have The Colony looking like it can contend for a state title in 2012.

Zach LeDay (Dallas Skyline) and Damion McIntosh (Little Elm) are first and third, respectively, on the team in scoring and have also provided strong work on the boards and on defense.

The pair have helped the Cougars overcome the loss of all but three players from last year's team that lost in the region finals.

"We've had some new faces that have stepped in and really helped us out tremendously this year," said The Colony head coach Cleve Ryan.

LeDay, a South Florida commit who plays with the Dallas Mustings in AAU, averages 21 points and eight rebounds per game for The Colony (22-3, 3-0 in District 4-4A).

At 6-foot-7, LeDay compares favorably to former The Colony and Dallas Kimball forward Jordan Williams, now at UNT. Ryan said LeDay is more of an inside player than Williams was but that he can shoot from the outside when needed.

"He's helping out big time," Ryan said of LeDay. "He's been a great addition for us."

LeDay, McIntosh and returning starter Antoine Burrell give The Colony a trio of excellent rebounders who each average more than five boards per game. They've also made The Colony a strong defensive team. The Cougars give up just 51 points per game.

"It always starts with our defense," Ryan said. "They buckle down and play team defense. It's an area we stress before every game. We try to get second-chance points on the offensive end and limit the opposition to one position on the defensive end."

The Colony is tied for first place in what looks like a strong District 4-4A. Last week the Cougars beat rival Denton Ryan 57-49, but Little Elm, McIntosh's old team, has proved formidable so far this year, also going 3-0 in district play so far.