GREENBELT – Eleanor Roosevelt High School Basketball Head Coach Brendan O’Connell has led many successful teams in Greenbelt for 14 years including this year’s 2017-2018 team that has an 8-2 record so far this season. The Raiders return four game-breaking starters from last season. Two of those student-athletes are seniors, and the other two are […]
GREENBELT – Eleanor Roosevelt High School Basketball Head Coach Brendan O’Connell has led many successful teams in Greenbelt for 14 years including this year’s 2017-2018 team that has an 8-2 record so far this season.
The Raiders return four game-breaking starters from last season. Two of those student-athletes are seniors, and the other two are juniors that are looking forward to a championship run.
Jaden Faulkner and Juston Bailey are the two senior upperclassmen that returned for the Raiders.
Faulkner is a three-year varsity starter who helped lead the Raiders team to a state championship in 2016. He currently averages 15.5 points per game.
“The team we have this year is very young, talented, listens and is just very hungry,” Faulkner said. “I just want to be a leader for them.”
Bailey is another three-year varsity player who played on the 2016 state championship team and is shooting the ball well by leading the team in three-point field goals.
Isaiah Gross and Cameron Brown are the two juniors who are poised for a successful 2017-2018 high school basketball campaign.
Gross is a two-year varsity starter who averages nine points per game this season. Brown is by far the top player for the Raiders this season and leads the team in scoring (16.6 points per game) and rebounding. He moved up to varsity midway through his freshman year on junior varsity.
“My freshman year I was just trying to come in and work hard to show coaches what I could do,” Brown said. “It ended up paying off when I got moved up, and I just wanted to absorb as much knowledge as I could from the older guys because I knew my time would come.”
The Raiders currently boast an undefeated record in their conference.
Their only two losses of the season come from the two Prince George’s County powerhouse private schools: Riverdale Baptist School and DeMatha Catholic High School.
“I just don’t think we had a defensive focus against those private school teams but the defense for this team is coming along just well,” O’Connell said.
Although O’Connell has one more year with one of his top players on this year’s team, Faulkner, he feels that if he plays basketball in college, the sky is the limit for him.
“With Jaden playing both sports, I think he never really had a ton of time to devote to just skill work which is kind of crazy when you think about how good he is without that,” O’Connell said.
“If he does play basketball in college when he dedicates himself to basketball 100% of the time, I just think the sky is the limit.”
“Me and coach (O’Connell) have a good relationship, and he pushes me to become a great leader, puts me through adversity so it will be easier in the game,” Faulkner said. “Man I just love being coached by him.”