2019-20 Adlai Stevenson Educational Campus Season Preview
Adlai Stevenson enters the season with high expectations and a sense of urgency as all five starters from last year will return for their final year together. Per coach James Mohr, Stevenson will look to return in unconventional fashion as they play positionless basketball. This stems from all five starters being guards who play versatile roles.
O’zhell Jackson, Stevenson’s 6’7 point guard is a matchup nightmare for oppositions and will carry much of the burden for the Stevenson squad as they rely on him to score, facilitate, rebound, and defend. He is one of the most talented big guards in the city and this year will present him with great opportunities to both showcase his ability and lead his team.
Rashawn Clemente, a 6’3 guard will also return for his senior season. Clemente is an extremely athletic guard who can sometimes be mistaken for a forward because of his incredible jumping ability, above the rim play, and rebounding. Clemente also has the ability to knock down mid-range and perimeter shots and is a tremendous shot blocker.
Elijah Perez, another 6’3 shooting guard also enters his final year at Stevenson before heading off to college. Perez is a pure shooter that scores in bunches from behind the arc. His shot making ability puts points on the board and also frees up space for his teammates to drive the lane. Perez is a true leader on the court and a great communicator, traits that have been appealing to colleges in the Tri-State area.
Also returning for his final season is Jayden Davis, a 5’11 guard that has the ability to drive the basket and shoot from the outside.
6’3 junior guard Kaden Norton returns after a promising sophomore campaign. Bennie Garcia, a 6’4 junior forward will look to continue his development as a big man with perimeter skills. 6’3 freshman Dejon Morgan will be thrown into the mix with the elder bunch alongside 5’10 sophomore Dashawn Clay.
Coach Mohr says Stevenson has lofty goals this year but also a very real sense of how difficult the road to a city championship will be. Last year they fell to eventual city champs Frederick Douglass Academy in the third round of the PSAL A playoffs. This year, the players look to have learned from their experiences as they are now veterans in the league.