Providence Day boys’ basketball coach Brian Field has been at the school for 14 years. He thinks this season’s team, which begins the season ranked No. 1 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll, are the most talented group the school has assembled in that time.
“This is the third year we’ve had the bulk of this team together,” Field said. “They took their lumps when most of them were freshmen and sophomores. Last year, we had a nice run, but the guys feel like this is our chance. They play well together and they’re really a family unit. Everything they do, they do together.”
The Chargers were 25-7 last season and made the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A quarterfinals.
This season, Field really thinks his team can make a run at the NCISAAstate championship. No Mecklenburg County team has done that since 2004, when Charlotte Latin beat Arden Christ School 86-76.
Field is high on this group because he has eight players receiving college attention, including Davidson signee Jordan Watkins, a 6-foot-1 point guard, who shot more than 40 percent from 3-point range last season.
The Chargers also have size. Isaac Johnson is 6-7. Matthew Lee and Josh Howard are 6-5. And sophomore Grant Williams, who got an offer from Mercer before he played a high school game, is 6-7.
Field said his team has looked very good after spending the fall working with Accelerate Basketball, a Fort Mill company that has trained NBA athletes Stephen Curry and Antawn Jamison.
“Our first 11 practices and our first four scrimmages have been good too,” Field said. “All that hard work has carried over.”
Field said he thinks the biggest obstacle his team has to overcome is staying focused.
“We have to stay together,” he said. “One of the things we talked about is that every season has its ups and downs, and there will be nights when the ball doesn’t bounce our way or you get a bad break. When that happens, we have to stay together and not let anything internally break apart our chemistry. We talked a lot about how to handle adversity and remain positive and stay together. Our guys are taking it to heart, which is why we think we can have a really good year.”
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