Kyler Joaquin 24:
Kyler Joaquin (right) has clearly been the consistent offensive threat for the Raiders thus far. He primarily starts possessions outside the arc and prefers to get his points on isolations and one-on-one plays. He boosted his PPG average up to 14 with a red-hot performance against River Valley last Monday with 25 points. He is also the first Raider guard out in front on fast breaks and transition plays. Joaquin has the ability to absolutely take over games with his scoring ability. Being able to lead by example on both ends of the court has allowed him to become a co-captain.
Nick Tatar 3:
Nick Tatar has earned his playing time so far this year after hardly stepping on the court in his first game of the season, a loss against Christian Brothers. In the next game, against Center, Tatar nailed five 3-pointers on 5-6 shooting, and hasn’t cooled off since, evident with his 12.6 PPG. The spark he brings off the bench is a great weapon for coach Jones because it allows the starters to rest while the backups build an even bigger lead. The junior guard stays on the perimeter and runs around screens to get open shots.
Zack Suarez 2:
Although his young season has been set back by an ankle injury, Zack Suarez has averaged 15 PPG in the games he has played. The co-captain went down with his sprained ankle at the end of the Raiders’ opening home game in the Jack Scott Memorial Tournament in Rio’s 66-48 win against Center. His ability to beat players off the dribble has proven tricky to deal with for the opposing defenses. Suarez’s athleticism has given the Raiders an extra man on the fast break and a lock down perimeter defender. The main problem with his season so far is that he has missed 3 games so early in the year.
Matt Lyon 11:
Freshman Matt Lyon has started out his high school career extremely well. His 5.2 PPG are the fourth highest on the team. The backup point guard has shown a knack for commanding the offense, a rare trait for a freshman. Lyon has also been able to drive to the basket against bigger defenders with great success. He makes up for his lack of size by out hustling his match up.