Written By: Daniel Britt
The 2018-19 basketball season is just around the corner and our young Liberty Patriots squad would like to win state this year. December 6th is the exact date Liberty basketball will take the court against as they host conference rival Chaparral.
This Liberty squad is a powerful young team. Lead by four star junior recruit Julian Strawther (11), this team is pretty strong. Ranked nationally as the #33 best player in the country, Strawther is a four star recruit with offers from some of the best basketball schools in the country like UCLA, Kansas, or Connecticut. These are just some of his 23 offers.
The team last season ended with a final record of 18-10. They had a record of 5-1 at home, which speaks for itself as they open their 2018-19 season at home. The Patriots did make the playoffs last season but could not defeat 4A state champions Canyon Springs.
Onto the key returning players; Julian Strawther as mentioned earlier, team captain Jordan Wafer (12) and sophomore point guard (PG) Kobe Stroughter (10), cousin of Strawther. These players will be key to a successful season for the Patriots.
“I feel like we have a great team and we have a chance to make it to state this year if we keep working hard,” said Stroughter.
Based on last season stats and records, Liberty currently sits at the 25th best team in the 4A division out of 38 teams in the state.
The opening game against Chaparral is going to be a fun one to watch because in school history, Liberty is 7-1 against Chaparral.