The Explorers have one of the most valuable things a team could have and that is a senior led back court. Seniors Najee Walls and Shawn Witherspoon have both been crucial parts and major scorers in the beginning of the season. Both players have already led the Explorers to a victory whether it have been in the Kreul Classic or a local school. Heading into the game, Witherspoon, a 6'1 combo guard, is averaging 12 points/game even, while also distributing the ball extremely well. Walls, a 6'0 energizer, is averaging 11.3 points/game. Both players have missed one game this season. A dark horse in the starting lineup is fellow senior sharpshooter Dan Corr. Corr has stepped up big into the starting role this season, consistently hitting his threes and playing well overall, while averaging 9.7 points/game.
Another benefit for the Explorers is having an experienced front court with them. The tandem is led by leading scorer, Colgate bound, 6'8 shot blocker, David Krmpotich. Krmpotich is the big man the Explorers need to complete the balanced team. He shot blocks extremely well, plays above the rim, and knows how to score in the paint. Krmpotich is averaging 14.9 points/game thus far and is usually reliable for at least seven boards a game. Teaming up with him is 6'5 junior Shane Stark. Stark is an excellent rebounder and defensive player and can also work the post well. Stark is averaging five points/game on the season, but has also sat out and had limited playing time in some games due to an ankle injury.
Yet another benefit for the Explorers is having a very deep bench. Coach Dempsey can play up to 10 different players depending on the situation, knowing how to use his players in their roles. The two guards that are essentially the future of the Explorer back court in two sophomores, Matt Paulus and Jarrod Stukes. Stukes, the 5'7 brother of former Explorer star Amar Stukes, is developing into a great ball handler and true point guard, while his confidence in scoring is growing as the season develops. Paulus, a 5'9 sophomore, is a very good shooter and has hit some big shots before halves and stepped up in situations he is called on for. Also coming off the bench is 6'4 junior Ryan McTamney. McTamney is another player that is developing into a great shooter and combo player that can defend a guard up top or a post player down low. The Explorers also have some role players and senior leaders in Matt Dessner, Charlie Hemcher, and Kevin Crozier.
Archbishop Ryan is an extremely young team that only rosters two seniors on Varsity. Sadly, neither of them are the starting guards for the Raiders. In the back court for Ryan is junior Austin Slawter and sophomore Izaiah Brockington. Brockington is the second leading scorer on the team averaging 13.5 points/game. He excels at driving past defenders and getting to the rim and also has a pretty nice pull up jumper. Slawter is more of a pure point guard who distributes the ball well, but can still get to the rim. He is averaging 6.8 points/game. Similar to the Explorers, Ryan also starts three guards, the third being another sophomore Chris Kuhar. Kuhar is a more defensive minded player that also can get to the rim to make shots, averaging 4.3 points/game in the early phases of the season.
Two juniors lead the charge for the front court of the Raiders. Austin Chabot is the team's leading scorer and arguably their best player. Chabot is averaging 16.8 points/game and is a very good offensive player. He rarely misses an open shot and also can athletically finish around the rim. Along with him is fellow junior Fred Killian. Killian is also a more defensive minded player, but has been seen to get some offensive boards while averaging 4.5 points/game.
The thing that goes along with a young team, is a lot of playing opportunities for other players. A little experience comes off the bench in junior forward Chris Guest, who has been rotating on starts with Killian in some games. The only senior on the young Ryan team is guard Kevin Nichols who is essentially the leader of the very young team. Also chipping in will be sophomore guard Chris Palantino who recently got a start against Episcopal Academy.