By Nolan Navarrete ‘24

Basketball season is in full swing at Brother Rice, and the boys are ready to compete for a state championship. The expectations are high for the Crusaders after coming off a sectional championship appearance, but the road to get back there will not be easy.

The Crusaders are ranked 12th during the preseason in the state of Illinois by the Sun Times. Along with the media, the players are also excited and have hopeful expectations as the season emerges.

Senior guard Jack Gorman said, “We know the expectations are high, but we know what we are capable of doing this season. This team has a great opportunity to bring some hardware back to Brother Rice.”

After losing leaders and great contributors of last year’s team such as Ahmad Henderson, Ryan Gierhan, Nick Niego, Jimmy Navarrete, Khalil Ross, Peter McShane, and Ryan Kenney, the Crusaders have a lot to prove.

Cale Cosme, a senior point guard, took the role as captain. Cosme had a brilliant season last year, contributing to the team whenever he was needed.

Cosme said, “I take great pride in being selected as a captain for this team. My leadership skills have developed tremendously over the last three seasons, feeding off of the past year’s captains.  I cannot wait to lead my team in battle for each game we play.”

The Crazies will play a huge factor in home games, per usual. The Crazies cheer on our teams and make a huge impact on the environment that makes Brother Rice so special.

Senior “Crazy” Randall Nauden said, “The atmosphere is amazing, it is so loud and everyone is cheering on our Crusaders. Participating as a “Crazy” is a one of a kind experience, and no other student section can make an impact on the game as much as we do.”

Good luck to the Crusaders as they open the season participating in the VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic tournament against Morton.  The 2023-2024 season is going to be one of the most exciting years for Brother Rice basketball.