Link Academy, the 2023 Geico National champions, had a nearly flawless season last year finishing at 27-1. Things will look a little different this year after graduating their star-studded duo of Elliot Cadeau and Ja’Kobe Walter. Luckily head coach Bill Armstrong is bringing in one of the most talented transfer classes in the entire country.
The biggest name of the bunch is none other than Tre Johnson who is a consensus top 5 player in the country. The 6’6 shooting guard is an elite shot-maker that plays with a ton of confidence. He’s effective scoring off the dribble and on the catch. Johnson has a good looking jumper with a high release point which allows him to get it off over the top of defenders. He has great footwork and is a fluid player that doesn’t use much of any wasted movement. Johnson plays at his own pace and is hard to stop from getting to his spots. He also has good vision as a passer and is able to get easy buckets for his teammates as he draws a lot of attention to himself. Joining Johnson in Link Academy’s back court is fellow senior and Kansas commit, Labaron Philon. Philon is a 6’4 point guard that plays with a lot of unselfishness. He is a true point guard that can facilitate the offense and get his teammates involved. Philon is smart with the ball in his hands and does not turn it over much. He’s extremely quick and shifty which creates space for him to attack the rim. Philon has a great handle and uses it to penetrate inside where he is able to score in the paint or kick out to open teammates. He’s also solid on the defensive end. Philon has good anticipation and gets in passing lanes for easy steals and fast break opportunities. Link has a great one-two punch with Johnson and Philon and will have one of the most talented back courts in the entire country.
A talented guard joining the roster for this upcoming season is Jasper Johnson. Johnson is a 6’4 combo guard that has great length. He can play on or off the ball and is efficient as a shooter from outside the arc. The team will have a plethora of options to play in the guard positions and we may see some different combinations take the floor depending on the situation.
Link Academy under head coach Bill Armstrong has had a tremendous amount of success. The 2023 Geico National Champions and 2022 runner ups will definitely be a team in contention to make another deep run. They have one of, if not the best, group of guards in the entire country with a ton of depth. There may be some questions in the front court but the coaching staff at Link has some of the best basketball minds in the business. This will be an extremely fun team to watch led by Tre Johnson who looks the part of a future NBA lottery pick.