Posted On: 07/17/18 8:24 PM

The Crusaders had one of their best seasons in school history this year: 1st in district, #1 seed in Regional playoff tournament, and finished 20-5. Unfortunately, the team fizzled out early in the Regional tournament against Tipton-Rosemark which knocked them out of making a state run. FACS is looking forward to another great season but a deeper run in March is inevitable.The team will rely heavily on Koby Jeffries (2019) and Jelani Willis (2021).

The Senior, Koby Jeffries, has been flying under the radar the last few years and needs a breakout year. Jeffries has a similar playing style to Kemba Walker which includes lightning quickness and flashy handles. He can finish with the best of them at the rim with either hand, and he is beginning to get a consistent 3-point shot. Although Jeffries’ up-tempo style of play can lead to turnovers, he kept himself under control during the month of June. On the defensive end, he plays the passing lanes very well to kickstart a fast break, but his on ball pressure needs to get a little better. As the floor general for the Crusaders, Coach Wilkes expects him to be the vocal leader on the court and setting the standard for the younger players.

As for Jelani Willis, the Sophomore is a pivotal piece to the success of FACS. Once a football player, he brings the toughness on the court that the Crusaders need. He takes pride in guarding the opposing team’s best player, and he has the strength and footwork to pressure the 1-3 positions. Although 6’3, Willis helps with rebounding as well with a knack for finding the basketball. Willis’ best ability is to attack the basket and draw fouls. He is a lot to handle for most guards with the combination of size and strength. Judging from a few Summer games, Willis has really focused on getting a consistent jump shot from the free-throw line extended.

Overall, the Crusaders have a solid team that can again run the table on the Private School side.