Boys Basketball Preview

Aidan Birenbaum '21

All eyes will be on the Sidwell Friends varsity boys’ basketball team as they look to defend their MAC championship and prove themselves as a DC basketball powerhouse. Having churned out stars like UPenn guard Jelani Williams ’17 and Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart ’13 in the past five years, head coach Eric Singletary is developing another phenom: Saddiq Bey.

Bey, the star small forward for the Quakers, hopes to lead the Quakers to another championship. The team, which is coming off an outstanding 23-6 season, will try to improve even more and bring Coach Singletary his 6th title in 10 years.

However, the season will not be easy. Having had six players graduate in the last year, everyone remaining will have to step up, and the new additions to the varsity team will need to play critical roles when they get their chance to be on the court. The five seniors on this year’s team must help groom the underclassmen and be leaders on the court.

The team has the potential to be one of Coach Singletary’s greatest teams if they live up to expectations. In any given moment, Bey can turn a game around with highlight-reel-worthy plays. It is this characteristic, along with his all-around talent and leadership capabilities, that has gotten him offers from prestigious basketball schools like Northwestern, Xavier, Georgetown, University of Miami, NC State, and University of Pittsburgh. 

However, injuries can make or break a season, as Williams experienced last year. He missed all of last season due to a torn ACL. If Bey can stay healthy all season and have another exceptional year, he could have his jersey hanging in the metaphorical rafters when he graduates this spring.

The varsity boys’ basketball team will practice harder than ever before to defend their championship. In basketball, pure grit and determination can go a long way over the course of a long season. The simple will to win and the competitive drive can lift a team over another in a close game. The Sidwell team has all of these things. Skill, hard work and determination can result in MAC championship this season if everyone stays healthy and plays with 110 percent effort all the time.

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