Updated: January 17, 2013 6:14AM
Coming off a challenging year, the Rich Central varsity boys basketball team is poised to make noise in the Southland Conference for the 2012-13 season.
With a strong defense at the forefront of its attack, coupled with strong rebounding and quick guards, the Olympians have all of the necessary tools to compete consistently.
Led by senior Jamal Murray and a new cast of juniors who are expected to make big contributions in Arthur Sutton, Chad White and Quam Solebo, Rich Central has set high expectations that show their determination.
“Our goal will be to hold all of our opponents under 50 points,” coach Robert Smith said.
To reach their potential this year the Olympians realize that it is essential that they have the support of their home crowd.
“We want to give our student body and community the best possible product on the court so that they want to come out to the games, home and away, to support us and give us that necessary sixth man,” Smith said. “That’s needed to be a great program.”
Team success is always composed of selfless, successful individuals and Rich Central’s basketball team is no different.
So far, three students, Munang Ekoi, Jalen Miller and Murray, have fielded interest from colleges for basketball scholarships.
That number will surely increase during the course of the season, especially since this cast of “students- personifies the title student athlete.”
Eleven out of the 12 students on the basketball team have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and five of the returning seniors have scored a 20 or above on the ACT.
Provided to SouthtownStar