Deep, Talented Rich Central Could Be Very Dangerous
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Deep, Talented Rich Central Squad Could Be Very Dangerous

Brian Stinnette
November 17, 2003

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Despite losing All-State guard Jimmie Miles to graduation, Rich Central will still be fielding a team that is both deep and very talented. Three transfers, a stud freshman, and All-Conference guard Brandon Long could allow Rich Central to blossom into one of the elite teams in the state of Illinois.

Jarvis Walker (Bremen), Tyrone Brazelton (Rich East) and Marlon Mixson (Rich South) have all transferred into the Rich Central program. Walker, who is the brother of NBA star Antoine Walker, is a 6-4 forward who last year led Bremen in both scoring and rebounding. Brazelton is a super-quick 5-10 point guard who averaged 17 ppg last year. Mixson is a gutsy 6-0 combo-guard who has built a reputation as one of the top guards in the south suburbs. Walker and Mixson are both juniors, while Brazelton is entering his senior campaign.

6-0 guard Brandon Long, a long-range bomber from the floor, was an All-Conference selection last year as a sophomore. Long, who ranks among the top shooters in the state, was a key member of Mean Streets 16-U AAU National Championship squad this summer. 6-4 power forward Fred Washington and his 7 rebounds per contest returns inside. He will be joined by 6-7, 240-pound senior Mike Harrington. Harrington, is super-strong and capable of banging inside with any player in the state. Add in the dynamic offensive skills of 6-3 stud freshman Justin Taylor, and Rich Central has enough individual talent to be an elite basketball team.

Last year, Rich Central went 21-9 before falling in the Sectional Championship to Thornwood. This year, they have the size, depth, talent and athleticism to go have an even stronger season. If Rich Central can gel as a basketball team, they will have a chance to become one of the better teams in the state.