Updated: 12/05/2013 6:17 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 3:25 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit
The title defense begins for Bishop Kearney Basketball. The Kings lived up to the hype last season and now many of those faces are gone.
It's no exaggeration. After Bishop Kearney's state championship, the exodus was on, graduation, transfers and a retirement. Head coach Jon Boon called it a career after nine seasons and two state championships. His former assistant coach Kevin Goode takes over this storied program.
So a trusted face fills those shoes, but Goode isn't lacing up the sneakers. Eighty nine percent of the team's scoring from last season is gone as is junior Thomas Bryant, the ESPN Top 20 prospect transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia. So it's time for players like senior Stanley Foster to burden the load.
Six foot eleven Chinonso Obokoh is now playing at Syracuse. Antwan Anderson, the floor general, the inspiration when times got tough last year is now at Fordham.
Bishop Kearney is a shell of its state championship self, but this team reloads, not rebuilds. Young and athletic are the new faces of Bishop Kearney basketball.
Bishop Kearney tips off its season Saturday at Niagara Falls.