Gorman celebrates last year's State Title (H/T Nevada Preps)
It’s actually quite silly how dominant Bishop Gorman has been in recent years. The Gaels will attempt to win their eighth straight Nevada 4A State Championship, and head coach Grant Rice has a young and talented rotation to defend their crown. Gorman will only have one senior in their top seven, but that doesn’t mean they won’t have experience. Five returners spearhead a lineup that is more than enough to capture another state crown.
Juniors Noah Taitz and Isaiah Cottrell split the star duties for Gorman, and both played terrific in their sophomore campaigns. Taitz averaged 17.5 points per game and is the leading returning scorer for the Gaels, while the 6-foot-9 Cottrell beasted out down low, accumulating per-game averages of 12.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks. Both are certified high-major recruits after strong summers on the circuit, and they’ll be responsible for a good amount of Gorman’s scoring production.
Gorman’s roster isn’t finalized yet, but the remaining five players that will be rostered are a talented group. 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Will McClendon returns after averaging 8.7 points per game as a freshman, while 6-foot-1 sophomore guard Zaon Collins will see major minutes as an electric, playmaking point guard who averaged 4.3 assists per game in 2017-18. Senior Chance Michels also proved adept at setting up his teammates last season (3.1 APG). Junior Mwani Wilkinson will see time on the wing, while 6-foot-7 freshman Max Allen will operate as the youngest player on the roster.
Team chemistry shouldn’t be an issue for the Gaels, as this group of players have competed alongside one another for quite some time. Gorman will be everywhere in 2018-19, traveling to at least six showcase events while playing against local powerhouses Findlay Prep and Sierra Canyon. Rice should have a great time coaching this unit, and he has a pair of Mr. Basketball candidates in Taitz and Cottrell. Expect some struggles due to the amount of youth in their lineup, but there isn’t a game on their schedule that they can’t win.