Catholic Memorial’s guards lead the way as expected

Catholic Memorial has a lot of guards to throw at you, and that will lead them in their quest for a state title run come March. Denis Tobin’s team will try to speed up opponents, and when they succeed it can be a long night for the opposition. And while they have a change-of-pace big man, this is still a team predicated on playing fast with its guards, several of whom have college futures on the hardwood.

The biggest gain for this team before the season was getting Aamahne Santos (5’9″ Jr. PG) back this season after he had transferred to Redemption Christian Academy. The little point guard is quick and shifty, able to avoid contact as much as bounce off it when driving to the basket. At times he can play a little too fast and get into trouble in the lane, and his body isn’t there yet, but with him this team can go a long way.

Off the ball, co-captain Guilien Smith (6’1″ Jr. SG) is a rugged wing who plays bigger and is getting some Division I interest. While his body isn’t quite there yet, he’s not a baby physically, and he’s not afraid to throw it into the mix to crash the offensive boards and take contact on drives. He’s not the most athletic guard, but he has some tools and should be on a few more radars before long.

The young man with the potential to be a difference-maker for this team is Brandon Twitty (6’1″ So. SG). He has some length, is athletic and wired to score, and nowhere was that more noticeable than his recent breakout game, a 31-point outing against arch-rival BC High. In that game, he hit seven three-pointers, and he has the most potential of anyone on this team. Right now he lacks strength, but he’s the perfect guy to bring off the bench for instant offense right now.

The Knights also have Kellan Grady (6’1″ So. SG), who has shown promise before but lacks strength and at times has a trigger that’s a little quick. As he gets stronger, he should have a better driving game and is still among the younger players on the floor each time out.

All of these guards have Gerard Adams (6’8″ Sr. PF-C) inside, and he can be a presence in the paint. He has a big body and can make great outlet passes to get the fast break going, but he’s never been able to get into great shape and isn’t the most mobile player inside. At times he also struggles to finish, and the game can be too fast for him. Still, he could conceivably help a college team in spots, and if he ever gets in better shape he could be better as he isn’t lacking in fundamentals.

Catholic Memorial is currently 12-1 overall, including 5-0 in the Catholic Conference. They blew out arch-rival BC High in the first meeting between the two in West Roxbury, although St. John’s Prep is the team right behind them at 4-1. The Knights have their eyes on a bigger prize, but it starts with their play in the conference and the guards are leading them the way many thought they would, with Twitty’s emergence being the potentially big development.

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