Veritas Prep will be making their program debut in 2018-19, and if their roster is any indication, they’re ready to start off with a bang. Head coach George Zedan is the man in charge on the sidelines, and he has an impressive resume. Zedan is the current head coach for Under Armour powerhouse program West Coast Elite, and his ties in the grassroots landscape helped him assemble a terrific roster and staff for their first year as a unit. Veritas will play a formidable schedule, and they’ll be equipped with a roster chock full of Division 1 talent.
Veritas’ roster is highlighted by a bevy of talented prospects, headlined by Greenforest Christian (GA) transfer Iverson Molinar. A 6-foot-3 combo guard hailing from Panama, Molinar enjoyed a breakout spring and summer, helping Team WhyNot (CA) all the way to the NIKE EYBL Peach Jam championship game. Molinar averaged 13.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21 games for WhyNot, parlaying his impressive play into a number of high-major scholarship offers. Team WhyNot was also making their program debut, so Molinar already has some experience in helping a program take flight. Senior guard Oscar Lopez makes his way to Veritas from powerhouse Bishop Montgomery, and the West Coast Elite veteran is used to playing under Zedan. The 6-foot-4 DePaul commit is an absolute grinder defensively and offers sneaky athleticism. Lopez works super hard, and his ability to be Veritas’ ‘glue guy’ will not go under-appreciated.
The talent doesn’t drop off as you make your way down the Veritas roster. Senior guard Ismael Cruz is a huge addition to the backcourt, and the 6-foot-4 combo guard is coming off a standout spring for The Truth in the NIKE EYBL. The Puerto-Rican native averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12 EYBL & Peach Invitational games, proving capable of producing at a high level against national competition. Cruz can shoot the heck out of the basketball, and he’ll be relied upon to be a consistent deep threat for Zedan and company. 6-foot-8 senior Kirk Smith Jr will play big minutes on the wing, as will junior and fellow 6-foot-8 swingman Amar Brown. 6-foot-6 senior Elijah Scranton transferred in late and will also see time on the wing. Juniors Carlos Rosario (6-foot-7) and Jahveon Medearis (6-foot-2) are both budding division 1 prospects, while sophomores Quinn Boomstra (6-foot-2) and Deiman Reyes (6-foot-9) will have a chance to earn significant minutes.
Veritas got their 2018-19 campaign off to a nice start at the Jerry Mullen Prep Fall Showcase, turning in a 4-0 record against some solid competition. Molinar and Cruz were in mid-season form during the showcase, which is a great sign as Veritas prepares to get their true regular season started. Head coach George Zedan is excited about his team’s prospects as they prepare for a daunting schedule in their inaugural season:
"We are very excited to begin our inaugural season," Zedan said. "Anticipation, eagerness and cautious optimism are what my staff and I feel about the season."
"My expectations are that everyone on our team has a tremendously positive experience, we get guys scholarships, and we compete well on the national stage."