Coming off a 16-11 season (9-2 in the Chicago Catholic League North) the St. Rita basketball team looks forward to what should be a championship type season. They are getting early respect from the pollsters receiving a #4 ranking in the Chicago Southtown.The Mustangs were devastated by injury over the past two seasons but a healthy starting five and deep bench has the hopes of the St. Rita nation very high. The team will be young this year with many of the key starters being underclassmen, which has not gone unnoticed by the coaching staff. “Our strength will be the versatility of our team,” Head Coach Gary DeCesare commented. “The biggest concern is our youth, as we could start four to five underclassmen at any point in the season.”
The key returners this year are: Victor Law (6-6, Jr., F), Dominque Matthews (6-2, Jr., G), Charles Matthews (6-5, Soph., G), and Myles Carter (6-8, Soph., F). A player to keep an eye on is Scott Kingsley (6-4 Sr., G).
The team starts their season on November 21st when it takes on Greenwood Elzy out of Mississippi in the State Farm Tournament of Champions played in Peoria, IL. The team’s first three games will be against opponents who either won a state championship last season or had an extended a playoff run. While the team will be challenged early on, it is something Coach Decesare feels necessary in order to reach their goals.
“We know the schedule is tough early. Come March, we will be battle-tested to compete for a state championship.”
The Hoops Report came out with their top 25 in the state and has ranked St. Rita #6.