Posted On: 10/17/19 4:48 PM

10 state championships.

That is how many football titles powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas has won in program history.

One state championship. That is how many basketball titles the Raiders currently hold.

That basketball title came all the way back in 2001 with a marquee player by the name of Ed Nelson. Nelson that year's player of the year and was named one of the top 25 senior players in the nation. If the name rings a bell, Nelson played at Georgia Tech where he was the ACC rookie of the year in 2002 before transferring to the University of Connecticut.

Now in 2019, Nelson is in his first year as head coach of his alma mater after taking over for Steve Strand who coached the Raiders for 23 years. St. Thomas Aquinas went 10-12 last year but has a core group of promising players heading into this season.

I sat in on a pick-up game at the school and here is what I witnessed...

Tristan Goldstein 6'5,210 Jr.- A versatile player at the three position, capable of knocking down outside shots while posting up defenders around the rim. Physical player inside with a high motor and relentless intensity. Transferred from

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