Coming together at the right time, the Hun School boys’ basketball team produced a memorable stretch drive last winter.
The Raiders won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) tournament and advanced to the championship game in the state Prep A tourney, ending the winter with a 20-6 record.
As Hun gets ready to tip off its 2013-14 campaign by playing at The Phelps School (Pa.) on December 5, Raider head coach Jon Stone is seeing some carry over from last year’s success.
“I think some guys got good experience last year and they will be taking it into this year,” said Stone, who welcomes back six returning players. “We did some good things last year and I think we can build on them.”
A chief building block for the Raiders this year will be senior Josh McGilvray, an imposing 6’8 center.
“Josh is doing well, he has continued to grow and develop,” said Stone, who is in his 14th year at the helm of the Hun program. “He is strong on defense and I think we are really going to need that.”
The Raiders have some other strong options in the frontcourt with post-graduate forward Remi Janicot, senior David Li, and senior Taylor Heilman.
“Remi is going to have a big role,” said Stone. “David Li continues to grow. He brings energy and he has the ability to score. Taylor didn’t get a lot of minutes last year, we are looking for him to play a bigger role.”
Hun boasts plenty of ability in the backcourt with the quartet of senior Michael Bourke, senior Jason Geter, junior Eric Williams, and post-grad Daniel Osley.
“We are looking for Bourke to be a mainstay for us,” asserted Stone. “Geter had been a starter for a year, he is a glue guy for us. Williams has improved a ton. Osley should help a lot. He is 6’3 and a slasher. He is long and can be a playmaker.”
Stone is confident that his squad can improve as the season unfolds. “We have good balance and good depth; we have a different personality than last year and that is fine,” said Stone.
“We are competing at a high level, we always play a tough schedule and I think it is even tougher this year. Like other years, I think we have a lot of potential, we have a lot of nice pieces. We need to bring it together and develop chemistry and see leadership.”