Christian Brothers Season Preview

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Posted On: 10/26/18 1:18 AM

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Depth at the guard position will keep Christian Brothers in most games.  Their ball-handling and decision-making are exceptional.  Weaknesses include size and strength.  With strong coaching imperatives CBHS has an improved roster though they lost a really effective Jack Herring to college.

Floor spacing and outside shooting are expected to be great.  

FRONTCOURT:   What to do?  Size is not a given in Tennessee high school basketball.  Still, it always hurts to see a roster this good without a reliable counterbalance inside.  

Christian Brothers has two varsity forwards in Clint Chanell and Kenner Sernel.

CORRECTION: Bill Norton will join after football season and Johnny Reed made varsity as a forward. 

Sam Spence is best utilized as an attacking wing, but his springy legs and 6-foot-3 height will require him to help on the glass and possibly defending bigs.

The frontcourt for Christian Brothers High School has many questions and not a lot of answers.

BACKCOURT: Every important guard returns from a year ago.  Reese McMullen (PrepHoopsTN #13 in 2021) is no longer a freshman.  Chandler Jackson is now on the varsity. 

Burner Eli Federman adds an entirely new element to the predominately halfcourt team.  Federman is a solo project fastbreak.

This backcourt, while second best in their district to Briarcrest, belongs in the conversation for top five in Memphis area.  Reese McMullen is jet-quick with the basketball.  Kraker rarely turns the ball over and the other guards simply hit open shots or kick to open shooters.  What is not to like?

KEY TO SUCCESS: Rebounding.   Christian Brothers loves to space you out.  This is frustrating for defenses and difficult to guard effectively.  On the defensive end they give up a lot of strength and hops.  To win games they earned with made shots, Christian Brothers must keep opponents off the offensive glass. 

MOST IMPROVED: Duncan Sublette.  Senior wing guard Duncan Sublette played well in June during Christian Brothers’ appearance in Nashville.  While playing against predominately Nashville and Brentwood teams Sublette scored very well in catch-and-shoot opportunities. 

 

 

For Starters

  • C  Clint Channell
  • SG Sam Spence
  • SG Harrison Kelly
  • PG Reese McMullen
  • PG Wesley Kraker

2017-2018 Record: 19-11

Head Coach: William Luckett

NEWCOMERS: Top 10 freshman in the state, Chandler Jackson, is ready to challenge two-year starters for playing time.  Wes Kraker and Harrison Kelly earned their workload, but Chandler is something different and something special as just a Class of 2022 bully guard.  Chandler lacks the shooting range of Kelly and the calm leadership of Kraker, but he owns a insanely strong body, confidence in the lane, and wonderful varsity-level athleticism.

Chandler Jackson will outright win two or three games this season by himself.

OUTLOOK: Without Jack Herring this team will lack a post option at least until football wraps and maybe the entire season.  Numerous guards give the team offensive threats and poise is superfluous in the Purple Wave locker room.  Unfortunately, the big chasm inside will gobble them up against sizable opponents. 

Last season the district campaign was a nightmarish 1-5.

Within District DII AA West Memphis University School is a team Christian Brothers can now beat, probably.  St. Benedict’s is a team Christian Brothers passed with the young guards physically improving.  Briarcrest Christian is not a team CBHS will challenge.  At all.  

Last year’s 19-11 seems like a fair prediction for 2018-2019, possibly 20 or 21 wins.