A bright light for the Crusaders will be 2009 6’1″ G Raheem Odomes. They’ll rely on him to do the bulk of the scoring and to still lead the squad in rebounds (10 rpg last year). He’s extremely explosive in the open court with a 34″ vertical.
Coach Farber says they’ll trap a lot this season to try and offset their lack of height. They’ll fight the good fight for a playoff spot, but it will not be easy.
I spent all day Monday in the Killeen area. Visited Killeen HS, Ellison HS and then headed to Harker Heights for Coach Celneque Bobbitt’s Fall League. Profiles will follow on Gatesville, Harker Heights, Georgetown, Copperas Cove and Lampasas. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and did not get to see either Lorena or Belton play.
My biggest disappointment, without getting into the local politics was that the other Killeen ISD schools; Killeen , Ellison and Shoemaker were not competing in this group. The rivalries are a natural and there are high quality kids at every one of these schools. Perhaps cooler heads will prevail and fences can be mended in the near future.
Coach Avritt journeyed to Copperas Cove, as the Boys Assistant Coach where he turned me on to a wonderful athlete for the D-1 Ambassadors program. The boy, Robert Griffin is now a world class track man and starting QB for Baylor University as a true freshman. Later that year Coach Avritt became the interim Boys Head Coach at Cove in mid season and then the following year decided to switch to the Girls side because he felt that the kids were more coachable. He has since moved on to Liberty Hill where he’s done a great job at the 3A level.
Not sure what’s in the water at Liberty Hill but the Boys football & basketball, and now the Girls basketball are achieving with excellence.