St. Rita seniors Vic Law, a Northwestern signee, and Dominique Matthews, who is unsigned, are the elder players on the floor for both teams. Law burst onto the scene last spring, and Matthews has been putting up big numbers all season.
Inside for St. Rita is another junior, Myles Carter, who always plays with a high motor and attacks the glass effectively, but he will be challenged in this one.
On the other side of the court, St. Joseph's has a pair of junior guards who pace their effort. Point guard Glynn Watson and shooting guard Jordan Ash have been a dynamic duo this year for Joe's and have really grown as players.
Watson is an effective floor general who can not only set up his teammates but has the ability to drive to the hoop and finish or draw contact and get to the line.
Ash has really elevated his game this year, and despite being a guard, he can elevate and bring down rebounds. He's improved his jump shot, but he also has added the dimension of getting to the hoop and finishing with authority.
One young player for St. Joe's who is quickly on the rise is sophomore center Nick Rakocevic. Rakocevic, who recently garnered an offer from Illinois, has caught the attention of scouts and college coaches alike this season with his combination of size and skill.
Rakocevic is also a very productive rebounder and puts himself in good position to round up misses. The matchup between he and Carter should be a fun one to watch in this game as two contrasting styles go head-to-head.
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