By: Marcos Colon
CF men’s basketball team’s skill on the court has earned a nation-wide level of respect and recognition for the school. Not only is CF home to the NJCAA National Basketball champions, but also the Region VIII Florida FCSAA state champions and the three time Mid-Florida Conference champions. This season, the men’s basketball team has to defend their title against all who oppose CF.
The CF basketball team will be starting the season on Nov. 2, and the team is filled with old and new faces. All six sophomore players from last year, Eugene McCory, Jeremiah Eason, Will Saunders, Amdy Fall, Jordan Parks and Jordan Davis, have graduated and transferred all signing scholarships to play elsewhere.
The team roster has changed since last year, with the newest additions Javonte Douglas, Will Ferguson, Cody Russell, Alassane Kah, Richard Granberry, Chris Bryant, Henry Wilson III and Mohammed Camara, adding some fresh faces to the CF men’s basketball team. Rodell Wigginton, Rasham Suarez and Matthew Uchedike are the three returning key players and the only members who have ever worked together before.
Coach Tim Ryan, head of the basketball team has led the group to the staggering accomplishments they hold. Ryan will continue to lead the way as CF tries to defend its champion status with mostly new players. Though the new players have never played on the same team before, fresh faces are a common challenge for Ryan.
“How far we go will depend on how well our team works together,” Ryan said. “Our talent is high, but we won’t know how well their teamwork is until we see them on the court.”
The returning players bring strong, offensive plays with them, with Suarez scoring a 14.2 PPG average, and Wigginton scoring a close 14.0 PPG. Uchedike also brings a PPG percentage of 55.9.
“We are working hard, and the new guys are fun to be around,” Uchedike said. “Hopefully we will go far this season.”
The FCSAA state tourney will be held at the CF home court this year, and will be starting the season on Nov. 2, against Paso Community College at 7:30 a.m. Come and watch as CF defends its title in the first game of the season!