The Kingswood Oxford varsity boys basketball team looks to resume its winning ways as the calendar turns to 2019.
The Wyverns (5-1) opened the season with five straight wins, including the first three on the road before falling in the finals of the 2018 KIT to Lawrenceville School.
Senior guards Nick Bray ’19 and Sean James ’19 made the KIT All-Tournament team for Kingswood Oxford.
Despite the loss in the KIT final, the tournament and the early part of the season have been a success for the Wyverns.
“This team has exceeded expectations with heart, grit and has made the coaching staff exceptionally proud of the effort from players 1-15,” Kingswood Oxford coach Brad Seaman said.
The Wyverns are returning to action for the first time since Dec. 16 when they host Millbrook and look to build on the momentum of their strong start.
“All in all, as a team we have beaten two Class “ A” teams, 2 Class “ B” schools, and a perennial powerhouse Class “ C” school,” Coach Seaman said. “We look forward to the journey ahead, and believe our team defense and fast break concepts will allow us to compete with everyone on our schedule.”
This year’s Wyverns team is a blend of veterans and newcomers that have meshed together well and gotten off to a strong start. Embracing roles and giving great effort for the team has been a major part of KO’s winning formula thus far.
Coach Seaman credits Mike Demio '21 and Michael Aronson ‘19, rotational players who the coach says bring 100% every day in practice and make everyone better around them.
Jordon Walker ‘20 and Calvin Schumacher ‘20 have seen offseason work result in vast improvements in their game according to coach Seaman. They both have provided strong minutes this season and are expected to continue their contributions for the rest of the season.
Kyren Pettaway '19 brings his scholarship athlete pedigree every time he steps on the floor.
“He out jumps players a foot or more taller than him and is an elite on-ball defender,” Coach Seaman said. “He has led the team in rebounds in two games already, and is one of the most coachable players the staff has ever had.”
A returning starter from last season, Jackson Wolff ’20 has stepped up his game, and shown that he can guard both inside and out. His range stretches the floor and allows more operating room for his teammates.
“His consistent effort on both ends on the floor is vital to our progress,” Coach Seaman said.
Hunter and Carter Meshanic '21 are living up to the expectations set by their brother Jackson ‘18. Both players have recorded multiple double-doubles and are clear examples of what it means to be complete team first players.
Sean James ’19 has always been a leader and this season he has shouldered a good chunk of the scoring load while also leading the team in assists.
“He controls the speed and tempo that we hang our hat on as a team,” Seaman said. “Sean has awareness both on and off the court that keeps his teammates engaged and ready for big moments. His basketball I.Q is equivalent to having a coach on the floor.”
Nick Bray ‘19, a 5-year starter who has exploded with scoring early this season, is an all-conference caliber defender who also works as instant offense.
“It’s rare and a beautiful sight to see an undersized guard to use his athleticism to rise above taller defenders to get his shot off at a moments notice,” Seaman said.