By Jack Gammons
As winter sports begin to make headway, the boys’ basketball team will look to mirror their success from last season. The 2019-2020 team came up just short of a regional title, and, although there won’t be a state tournament, the boys are still eager to get out there and play.
Senior Gannon Mooney had this to say about their season, “I feel like we’ve already won, just being able to go out there and play feels so good.”
The Whalers did lose some star power from last year’s team in guards Torane Burton and Devonte Usher, but with that, they added more depth with a strong freshman class. Freshman Carlos Aguilar and JD Heneke will be instant contributors to the team.
When asked about the depth of the team this year, Senior Malique Bodden had this to say, “Coach Ferarria has preached how important it is to have 10 guys contributing every game. It will be hard for players to play the whole game this year with masks.”
The team’s roster size has gone down significantly from prior years. Only 13 players can be on the roster and only 10 can travel and play in games. So more than ever, it is important for the young players to step in and make a difference. Like past years, the team is guard-heavy and will look to beat their opponents off the dribble and in transition with their speed. Juniors Justin Bloise and Makai Bodden will contribute to the fast pace play and will look to take a step forward this year and develop into strong pieces.
The Nantucket boys basketball team is excited and eager to begin gameplay and will continue to terrorize their opponents with blazing speed and senior leadership.