Three St. Ray's Wings Lead The Way

St. Ray's can be counted on each year for producing talented players. Back in the day guys like Allen Ray and Julius Hodge wore the colors under current DePaul assistant Gary DeCesare. Coach Oliver Antigua updates on three current Ravens.

St. Raymond's basketball team, one of the traditional New York powers, is as prepared as it can be for this weekend. After beating Carroll of D.C. and three other teams to begin the season, Oliver Antigua's charges have to gear up for challenges from Christ The King and Patterson Catholic this weekend.

The good news for Antigua is that his Ravens are averaging over 90 points a game. Leading the way is junior small forward Omari Lawrence. A long wing athlete, Lawrence set about tightening up his skill package prior to the season. How's he doing?

"Omari's averaging 26 a game and he's our leading 3-point shooter (8-17)," Antigua said. "He's leading our team in steals and blocks and he's playing his tail off. He's really playing well.

"He's worked on his shot and he's playing at a high level."

Antigua indicated strong early interest from Memphis, St. John's, Pittsburgh, Clemson, North Carolina State and Georgetown. Antigua's brother Orlando, a former Pitt great, is on staff with Jamie Dixon and is always involved with New York players.

John Calipari likes his New York guys too and he's going to evaluate Lawrence soon. "We play Patterson Catholic on Sunday and Cal is trying to make it down; if he plays well they may offer him," Antigua said.

Another 2009 Raven, Kevin Parrom, himself is a prospect. The 6-foot-6 Parham is averaging 17 points a game and leading the way on the glass for St. Ray's. Pittsburgh, West Virginia, St. John's, Rutgers and Xavier have reached out.

And finally, a little update on the Ravens senior Big East signee. Darryl Bryant, a West Virginia signee, also drew praise from Antigua. "Truck is in great shape. He's lost weight and he's shooting a high percentage."

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