Posted On: 10/30/18 9:00 AM
Christian Brothers head coach Bubba Luckett had a printed layout for his team’s practice on Monday, which marked the beginning of the 2018-19 high school basketball season.
The Purple Wave will have the size at every position to compete for a district title, maybe even a regional championship. Coach Luckett took pride on Monday in showing his team the importance of defense. Luckett and his staff also focused on the offensive side, running three set plays, and running shooting and layup drills.
Christian Brothers has a lot of guys who are capable of shooting the basketball. Sophomore guard Reese McMullen was one of the guards that stood out and could be the team’s best scorer to start the season. He has a quick release and is always ready to shoot the basketball, way before the ball comes his way.
Sophomores Harrison Kelly and Eli Federman can provide offense with their outside shooting ability. Junior guards Sam Spence and Spencer Stalmaker are solid shooters. Senior forward Clint Channell can shoot from 17-feet out and score from the inside.
Add in true freshman Chandler Jackson’s scoring ability, the Purple Wave will not have any issues scoring the basketball.
“Well, I think we got guys that can beat people off the dribble, and we have guys that can finish shots from the perimeter,” Luckett said. “I’m really pleased with the multiple guys we have that are capable of knocking down 3s, and we got some guys that have a good mid-range game, too.”
Christian Brothers’ guards will match up well against schools with premier guards. Jackson and McMullen are both 6-foot-3. McMullen can be a great mentor to Jackson since he has one year of varsity basketball under his belt. Jackson will make mistakes as a freshman, but he’s one of the talented freshmen in the city at his position. Luckett will be able to start different guys at the point and shooting guard positions because of the depth on the roster.
“These are all guys we feel comfortable playing,” Luckett said. “I think we can rotate those guys in and out so they’re fresh all night long.”
Once the likes of senior forward Bill Norton and junior forward Johnny Reed join the team after football season, Luckett will have three post players to rotate in and out of the lineup.
Norton, 6-6, 275, is a stud on the football field. He’s a defensive end that committed to the University of Georgia back in March of this year.