Entering the season, much of the talk from me and others about Richmond Academy has been about Madison Williams, the senior transfer who recently signed with Illinois State. A recent foot injury will likely keep the high flying guard out of Friday's much anticipated matchup with Butler at Paine College in the 100 Black Men Thanksgiving Tournament.
But even without Williams, Richmond remains one of the area's most talented teams. Nick Roberts (6'7"); Rashaud Green (6'6"); Kylend Smith (6'5") and Moses Williams (6'5") man the area's biggest frontline.
And the Musketeers get contributions from a pack of experienced perimeter players. Senior Rashad Calloway was the most impressive player in the Musketeers' preseason scrimmage win over North Augusta. Chris Jones, another senior, made the game winning shot against the Yellow Jackets, finishing a four second, full court sprint to the hoop just before the final buzzer. And yet another senior, Trey Brown, scored 7 consecutive points Saturday to help his team open a 24-5 lead over Jefferson County in the tip-off tournament at Evans.
Also on the perimeter are Donta Stephens, a sophomore, and Jason Weaver, a junior. In the few moments I've watched him play, I've been impressed with Stephens. I can imagine him filling in nicely for Williams. And Weaver has been Richmond's best scorer at times early this season.
I certainly hope Madison's foot heals quickly. In the meantime, there is no reason for his teammates to wait to continue the momentum they established with blowout wins last weekend over Glenn Hills and Jefferson County. Friday's game against Butler still has the potential to be the most interesting game to date in this very young season.