Lincoln Academy enjoyed a solid season in 2017-18, racking up a 25-10 record while playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country. Head coach Bryan Lippman returns with a talented albeit very young roster. Veterans Elias King, Moulaye Sissoko and MiKale Stephens return from 2017-18, and all three will take on expanded roles as they head into their final season of prep basketball. The Bulldogs will play another extremely difficult set of games, meaning they’ll have ample opportunity to build a rock-solid resume.
King, a 6-foot-9 senior, enters the season as the go-to-guy in the Bulldogs’ rotation. Formerly committed to Xavier, King is a hot commodity among high-major programs, and will be ‘the guy’ during his senior campaign. King has super long arms on top of an athletic frame, and he’s capable of scoring at every spot on the floor. King will pace the Bulldogs, and if he’s firing on all cylinders, Lincoln will be one of the tougher ‘outs’ in the south. Sissoko is the star of the frontcourt, and he’s only tapping into his potential. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound big man recently committed to Dayton, giving the Flyers one of the most physically-ready bigs in the 2019 class.
Stephens returns to the Lincoln rotation, as do Bretner Mutombo and Rafael Pinzon. Stephens is an undersized floor general with elite handles and an evolving offensive game. He does a great job of getting in the lane and utilizing his teammates, and will be expected to be an effective distributor of the basketball. Mutombo (6-foot-11) and Pinzon are back (6-foot-5), leading a youth movement which makes up the rest of the Bulldogs’ roster. Frankie Anselem joins Mutombo to give Lincoln a pair of 6-foot-11 sophomores. Pinzon, also a sophomre is joined in the backcourt by a pair of uber-talented freshman, Jalen Carruth and Perry Smith Jr. Both are considered high-major talents, with Smith (6-foot-8) being a possible blue-chip recruit. Lincoln’s rotation could run up to 11 deep, and it might be the largest in the country; the Bulldogs feature eight players over 6-foot-8, including two listed at 6-foot-10 and two listed at 6-foot-11.
Lippman has a lot of talent at his disposal, but as it was mentioned before, the Bulldogs are very young. They will need to rely on their three veteran leaders, and they’ll need a combination of Smith, Carruth and Pinzon to step up alongside King and Stephens in the backcourt. Once again, Lincoln will face a daunting schedule which includes visits to nine national events. They will be tested early and often, and if they can grow up fast, Lincoln should be able to maintain a season-long ranking.