The Falcons return for another season under Coach Alejandro Ellis, who finished 18-10 overall and 10-4 in conference play. They were able to win their opening-round game before falling to Garner in the second round of the playoffs.
With an experienced team last year, Coach Ellis lost a few key players but also returns several players from last season as they hope to make a bigger run.
“We are excited in that we return six seniors from last year’s team, three of them started,” he told Phenom Hoops. “Broderick Ellis, Reese Evans, and Tre Morgan and the other three played significant minutes, so we feel we have the experience, leadership, and good chemistry for the 2020-2021 season.”
Evans led the charge last season as a junior, averaging 16 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, as he brings a 6’4 frame and one that excelled in scoring around the basket but also can knock down his jumper. When we watched him at our ENC Phenom 150 in 2019, he was also a menace on defense, which is why he nearly averaged two steals per game as well. Coach Ellis has seen the work he has put in through this offseason, working on his ball-handling, his shooting, and physically getting stronger. He should now be able to physically handle defenses even more, while also potentially leading the team in scoring once again.
Broderick is one that can shoot from outside and stretch the floor but he is also one that can create havoc on defense with his long frame and ability to cover. Morgan scores well around the basket but also gets on the boards and should continue to do much of the same.
A few other seniors to watch this year are Jordan Scott, a 6’7 prospect that can stretch the floor and plays well along the perimeter, Jake Beja, one who is a good ball handler and should run the point for Green Hope, and Max Campbell, a player that simply does everything that is asked of him on the court and plays well on both sides of the ball.
When discussing more about a few of the younger players to watch out for as well for the Falcons, Coach Ellis had this to say.
“Five new players come to mind, Josh Bevan and Bence Koloszar, who are both sophomores, and Michael Kaletta and Kevon Riley who are juniors,” he said. “We also have a freshman named Joseph Pontier who will definitely stand out as a point guard soon. They can all play the 1-3 position, handle the ball well, shoot from the outside, and will be guys people will want to keep their eye on this year.”