Posted On: 11/28/19 5:00 AM
Basketball is officially back! To celebrate, here are five bold predictions about the upcoming season.
BISHOP IRETON WILL FINISH TOP 6 IN THE WCAC
This is one of the most talented and deepest teams that Coach Berkman has had in recent memory. Led by Merrimack commit James Berry III, a knockdown shooter with range who has a solid all-around game, The Cardinals have steadily improved over the years and will play a fun brand of basketball.
EARL TIMBERLAKE WILL RECORD AT LEAST 1 TRIPLE-DOUBLE
DeMatha’s versatile guard Earl Timberlake should stuff the stat sheet in a number of categories throughout the season. Would anyone be surprised if he recorded a triple-double or two? There’s no doubt that he can put up the points. Rebounding is mainly about effort and that’s something he does not lack. Perhaps the most underrated aspect of Timberlake’s game is his passing. He’ll certainly assume some ball-handling duties and with the talent surrounding him should have no problem setting up his teammates.
JAO ITUKA WILL AVERAGE OVER 30 PPG
Jao Ituka averaged 25+ last year and should see a spike in usage given the departure of Jordan Hawkins. Defenses will surely key in on him, but that hasn’t stopped Ituka in the past. Expect him to play aggressively, rack up a ton of free throw attempts, and shoot the ball with confidence.
KINO LILLY WILL HIT 100+ THREES
Kino Lilly hit 5 threes in a season-opening win over Georgetown Day, so he’s off to a pretty good start. The junior guard prospect has a quick release and has unlimited range. With Canin Reynolds breaking down the defense on a consistent basis, Lilly should have enough room to let it fly and challenge the century mark.
RYAN CORNISH WILL TAKE 50 CHARGES
Ryan Cornish is known for his ability to sell contact and has drawn his fair share of offensive fouls over the years. Sidwell is a traditionally strong defensive team that emphasizes drawing charges, and Cornish fits right in with that philosophy. He should be good to draw at least 2 per game.