WCAC Preview and Predictions
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The WCAC has been one of the top conferences in the nation for a couple of decades. There is always a couple of local independents, some Baltimore powerhouses and some random public schools, that give the WCAC a run for…
The WCAC has been one of the top conferences in the nation for a couple of decades. There is always a couple of local independents, some Baltimore powerhouses and some random public schools, that give the WCAC a run for their money. However, year after year the WCAC holds the staying power even though they can be top heavy at times. Here are my predictions for the 2023-24 WCAC season and why.
ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
I predict that the Cadets will win the championship again this season and the main reason being. Walker carried the team through most of last season with senior Dulaney Thomas being injured. Even when Thomas returned she wasn’t at 100%. Kyndal knows what it takes to lead her team and Scribner is smart enough to let her do it.
The WCAC is not prepared for Nadeya a key transfer into the Roadrunners program. They have a talented lineup with good size at every position, they also have bolstered up their coaching staff under head coach Cabria Johnson. I predict the Elizabeth Seton will make it to the championship game this season and will make the conference very interesting this season. Wathcing them in the fall they have the individual talent to win it all, if they can blend and fill their roles collectively as a team they will be hard to beat.
Ron James the brilliant tactician takes over the Mustangs this season, the good news is he has inherited a championship level team with players that he’s coached for years. The bad is that he’s never coached in the WCAC. The good is he hasone of the top point guards in the country, however, he has at least four elite level point guards and one ball. Can he manage keeping the egos and chemistry intact while scheming to out fox Allen and Scribner? The Mustang parents will need to stay calm and let Ron work his magic.
Ireton has, no other team can say that. She had a tremendous summer and is playing on an out of this world level. She’s hitting shots from all over the court and can guard your best player at any position. Ireton is one of a few teams that can they say that they can put five top 20 ranked players in their perspective classes on the floor at the same time. This could be one of the best teams for the Cardinals in years and yet it’s the WCAC that gives you a fighting chance for fourth place.
Paul VI lost six seniors but they returnthe 6’2″ wing/forward that has a hall of fame bloodline. PVI has something no other team has, Scott Allen and the legendary “Panther System”. The Panthers just need five players to play hard and play defense and they can compete with anyone in the country. My mind have the Panthers as the #5 team in the WCAC, but my gut and analytics have them in the top three.
O’Connell opens the season against Riverdale Baptist which should by a scaling game to see where they are at. Sharp shooting junior Daniya Brown can fill it up from beyond the arc and Kierra Scott can go shot for shot with many of the best. Senior Selah Parker and junior Dru Carlton are players to keep and eye on this season. They will be asked to do a whole lot then come back the next game and do it again. Life in the WCAC for coach Brittany Davis.
The Falcons have one of the most talented five players that you can put on the floor. With the #1 ranked juniorrunning the show some size inside, shooters and a coach that can coach, why not higher than fifth? Two reasons 1) they are in the WCAC, 2) they may not have enough players to finish the season. It was hard watching them trying to play a full showcase at DMV Live with only five healthy players. We will have to wait until the Super Scrimmage to see if any more bodies came into the gym. The good news is playing time won’t be an issue for anyone.
Sometimes one can forget that the Lions are even part of the WCAC. From what I have been seeing on social, they are ready to make sure no one forgets them this year. I’ve seen some talent that I need to pay close attention to there and an early D.C. trip is in the plans. Carroll is the team nobody really wants to play because nobody knows what to expect. If they are to crack the top 5 this is the year to do it.
ST. MARY’S RYKEN
Ryken has the pick of the litter in Southern Maryland but the distance is sometimes an issue for the local kids. They had a pretty talented team the last couple of seasons but most have graduated. Being in the WCAC they will have to come in town at some point and then we can get a true feel of them. Picked seventh.
Holy Cross have been rebuilding for about ten years and players have dropped in to visit. We will see what they have to offer this season as they have been pretty much under the radar.