St. Peters High School 2019-20 Season Preview
By Robert Pena,
The new season for the CHSAA High School Boys Varsity basketball is quickly approaching and the Eagles of St. Peter High School are expected to face it with a lot of new faces and young players, but they have optimism that the young players will be ready to face the challenge.
With a challenging schedule coming at the beginning of the season for the Eagles, they are pushing to come together as team quickly. Per head coach Charlie Driscoll, “Opening night, we play our arch rivals Curtis Those are big rivalry games no matter what the records are. Also, games against Scanlan, Cardinal Hayes, Stepinac are always big games for us. We have a tough schedule in the beginning but we will come together, and we should get better as the season goes on.”
St. Peters will have a lot fresh faces on the court but do get to lean on a talented senior, Liam Murphy to lead the way. “We are not a deep team, but we do have Liam back.” said Driscoll. Murphy is a 6’8 forward who averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds per game as a junior. The Division 1 prospect is a good three-point shooter and is the main focus off the offense for this upcoming season. He is being recruited by American University, Manhattan College and has 10-12 other offers.
Thomas Wood, a 6’4 forward will be featured more this season. He is good rebounder and defender. Matt Bedford and Ryan Hemming are two other key guys who will be helping the Eagles. Matt, a 6’1 guard who’s known for his 3 point shooting, is a multi-sport athlete who has committed to Notre Dame for baseball. Ryan, a 6’1 wing player will be in the role of either a starter or sixth man. A key new player is Uriah Logan, a very quick point guard and a good defender who will be stepping into a starting role. Other key players in the rotation will be Thomas Wood a front court player and a good defender, and Tommy Kean who is a guard and a good shooter. Eric Londis a 6’4 forward who will be coming off the bench.
The coaching staff has big aspirations even though the lack of experience presents a true test for the Eagles in this upcoming season. “I’m hoping the young guys kick in and we make the playoffs, and win the Staten Island championship. Our goal is to win the Staten Island chip and make a good run in the City, because it gets harder every time. Thomas Wood would be good defender at the Division 3 level and Kean a good Division 2 player as well as a good defender. Uriah could be a good Division 3 player but he has to get quicker.” said Coach Driscoll.