Posted On: 02/19/18 7:24 PM
The regular season is now in the books for the most prestigious high school basketball conference in America, being the WCAC. The conference tournament kicks off later in the week and numerous awards will be given out to honor accolades from the regular season. One award that might not be given out is the award for “Most Valuable Role Players”. In the list below I look at five different guys who could make a difference in a team winning or losing the conference tournament.
Josh Oduro | Paul VI
With the season ending injury to 2018 Villanova commit, Brandon Slater, multiple guys have had to step up for Paul VI. Josh is a 6’6 forward that can rebound on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. His minute usage has certainly increased due to the injury of Slater and if he can score more than usual in those extra minutes he is earning, that will be crucial for the regular season champions to cut down the nets next weekend.
Justin Gielen | DeMatha
There were many options for DeMatha as they are the deepest team in the WCAC but Justin always comes to my mind when I think of the phrase “Role Player”. The University of Maryland Soccer commit is one of the best shooters in the WCAC and is capable of doing other valuable things on offense as well. I have seen him pass at a high level and is always making the right decision for a talented DeMatha offense.
Ayan Teel | Bishop O’Connell
Usually, Bishop O’Connell has three other guys for scoring options before they might look to Ayan. However, that doesn’t mean Ayan can’t score. The 5’8 floor general is very capable of getting into the lane and putting up buckets and I have seen him stroke from deep too. If Teel gets going, this could be a very bad sign for opposing teams going up against O’Connell.
Myles Stute | Gonzaga
Myles is a sophomore that has shown plenty of upside throughout the course of the regular season. He has an excellent vertical and opposing teams have witnessed that all year. For a sophomore, he has a strong body that allows him to be strong with the ball at the wing position. He can finish inside around the rim and his known for his three-point stroke. If Stute gets hot in the WCAC tournament, thats one more scoring option for Gonzaga coming off the bench that teams have to prepare for.
DeLonnie Hunt | St. John’s
Hunt is a smaller guard standing at 5’8 but is lightning quick. He is very comfortable running the offense for St. John’s and has tons of confidence. He is a guy that plays a lot taller than his height as he isn’t afraid to drive to the rim at all. He does a great job getting others involved on his team and can shoot the ball from all over the court. Hunt is the type of guy that can give a team a huge lift coming off the bench and that could be crucial for St. Johns.