The second year of the Justin Tatum coaching era at CBC begins just as the first did…in search of a state title. The Cadets will look to defend their crown, with some new faces expected to make an immediate impact. Gone are swingman Jordan Barnett, who used his senior season last year to go from an immense raw talent to a refined player ready to do Division I damage at the University of Texas, and Beau Bommarito, a reliable sharpshooter who also graduated and is now at the IMG Academy in Florida.
Unlike last year, Tatum didn’t have to spend an offseason of speculation and questions regarding his son Jayson’s high school future. Instead of leaving to play for his father, the younger Tatum stayed at rival Chaminade and has topped the rankings of players in the Class of 2016. This year’s team figures to rely on the leadership of a backcourt with point guard Jordan Barnes and shooting guard Christian Willis, and transfer Kenny Lesley, a forward from Elsberry, MO.
Here’s how Coach Justin Tatum breaks down the season to come:
2013-2014 Record: 25-7
Projected Starting Lineup: Jordan Barnes (Junior/PG) Christian Willis (Junior/SG) Kenny Lesley (Senior/Forward) Sam Orf (Sophomore/SG) Kale Katchings (Freshman/Forward)
Key Newcomers: Lesley, Katchings, Jerrick Powell, Nick Wheeler
What’s the biggest question mark entering the season? Team Chemistry
Is there a key stretch of your schedule and why? “January/ February. We will play a stretch of very competitive teams and that will show us where we stand with the others.”
Our season will be a success if...”Our returning players become leaders and everyone else accepts their roles.”
Our toughest opponent is…”Chaminade because they are being crowned to win State and we want to be able to compete with them.”
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