The 2016-17 season may just be the perfect storm for Brentwood Academy basketball.
Not only is the boys squad currently ranked No. 24 nationally, the girls team is rolling as well sitting on a 23-5 record with only two of those losses coming in-state.
If that weren’t enough, both teams each have one of the best players in the state in the form of juniors Darius Garland and Sydni Harvey.
Between the two teams, the Eagles and Lady Eagles could possibly bring four titles home to roost in Brentwood this postseason. Here’s what’s up for grabs.
The DII-AA Boys State Title (again): This year’s Eagles team is no stranger to winning games or being the subject of attention in the very competitive DII-AA – they’ve won back-to-back state titles and have had a target on their backs since topping Christian Brothers in the championship two years ago – and they are really showcasing their talent this year.
They’re boasting a 26-2 record and only one of their losses has come to an in-state opponent.
And they have a secret weapon…
2017 DII-AA Mr. Basketball (again): Reigning Mr. Basketball and two-time state champion Darius Garland is back for more this year and will likely be the catalyst in what I expect to be another deep tournament run for the Eagles. He’s averaging more than 24 points per contest this season and may be well on his way to a second straight Mr. Basketball honor and a third consecutive state title. Not bad for a junior.
The DII-AA Girls State Title (again): The Lady Eagles have won three straight state titles and are looking like a team with No. 4 in sight after going 23-5 in their first 28 games with their only two in-state losses coming to Hamilton Heights and Father Ryan. They are averaging more than 56 points a game, and while that may not sound like much, they’ve only allowed 56 or more in six games, three of which were losses with two of those losses came at the hands of out-of-state challengers.
2017 DII-AA Miss Basketball: The girl that may bring this award home for the Lady Eagles is the main reason I think they will capture their fourth straight title this year. Junior Sydni Harvey finished as a finalist in Miss Basketball last year, but she’s poised to take the award this year behind 16.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
If Harvey can take home the hardware, Brentwood Academy could just capture four titles this offseason.