Team: Cardinal McCarrick
Key Losses From Last Season: Mo
Isaac (6'6", 195, F), Craig Thomas (5'8", 150, G--now playing
at Wilkes University), and Dana Raysor (6'3,
165, Jr. G--transferred to St. Patrick's).
Outlook: Despite the losses of Isaac and Thomas to graduation, and Raysor, who transferred back to St. Pat's, the Eagles look to be in fine shape for this year's run. Adding Monroe transfer Ahmid Williams to a veteran group that returns six players from last year will make McCarrick one of the favorites to compete for the GMC crown again this season. Freshmen newcomers, Marques Townes and Alonzo Hamilton earned their stripes during the offseason, and could make major contributions to the squad. Townes may even actually start.
Even without Raysor or Williams, the Eagles reached the semifinals of the Rahway Summer League playoffs before falling to Piscataway. Then, in the fall, with Williams on the squad, Cardy Mac went undefeated in the tougher big school Division A of the Hoop Group Headquarters Fall League. Mohammed Alli and Jumanne McDaniel look much improved, and other newcomers such as Will Thomas, Robert Nunez, and Chris Peralta will bring other intangibles to the table. Last year, the Eagles had a down season as far as division play goes, but made a nice run to the championship game of the 2010 Non-Public B South state tournament, and gave eventual T of C winner, Trenton Catholic, all it could handle in the title game before losing.
There's plenty of talent and depth to go around with this group. Gorman has the knack for hitting NBA range jumpers while Williams loves to push the ball upcourt, which will work well with the Eagles up-tempo style. John Appiah and Jose Ruiz, who teamed up in the Cardinal McCarrick backfield on the gridiron this past season will bring toughness to the squad as well. Head coach, Joe Lewis is looking for the team to play tough defense, and score a lot of points this season. The Eagles have a very tough non-conference and crossover schedule this season including: Woodson of Washington D.C., Colonia, Monsignor Farrell (S.I.), Immaculata, Roselle Catholic, and Piscataway.
Look for this team to battle for the GMCT Championship, and make a run at the school's third sectional championship under Lewis' direction.
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