The Colorado Chaos Basketball Club has a recent history of sending players to Western State University. After sending Chances Matlock of Falcon High School and Lucas Adams of Fredrick High School there last year, the Chaos are proud to announce the most recent commit of Ray Beresford will be joining them in Gunnison next fall.
Beresford is a 6’3 shooting guard with a tremendous scoring ability. He can get to the rim and finish as well as pull defenders out with his consistent long-range jumper. He is an athletically diverse player that can score from all angles as well as be a solid defender. As a junior Beresford averaged 8.4 points per contest and 4.3 boards. If he wants his team to succeed this season he will need to up those numbers from last year.
Beresford helped the Golden Eagles reach the final four in last year’s 5A tournament as a junior. Mountain Vista has two returning starters in Beresford and his teammate Brady Subart who has also committed to play at Western State. Beresford believes that his camaraderie with Subart will be a huge advantage at the next level. “A big thing in going from high school to college is having chemistry,” states Beresford, “we’ve only played together for a year but we have great chemistry.”
Western State head coach Bradd Schafer is building a program that Beresford is excited to be a part of. “He’s a coach I can see myself playing for,” says Beresford about Schafer. “I like the way he holds himself.”
Although Beresford and Subart have college basketball on their minds, they first must succeed this season. The Golden Eagles have had two straight Final Four appearances and don’t want to stop there, but Beresford believes that their success might be holding them back. “We need to stop expecting to win every game,” he states of his team after a few weeks of fall games. “Just because we have Mountain Vista on our chests we think people are going to recognize us. People are coming for us and we have to be ready.”
The Golden Eagles are a younger team this year but Beresford thinks that they are taller and more athletic than they have been the past two years. There is
inexperience on the team as many junior varsity players from last year are moving up to play their first year of varsity basketball. Beresford is going to have to prepare these guys which he believes is all going to start with his command on defense. “I’m a really loud talker. I like communicating. I let people know where they need to be.” He states.
Beresford is a humble player that can do some big things in Colorado this year as well as the next level. He’s been grinding his whole life to end up where he’s at today. “My main goal (through basketball) was being able to get my college paid for and I was blessed enough to achieve that” he states. It’s going to be exciting to see the damage he can do this year in Colorado and the rest of his basketball career.