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Williamsburg Christian Academy’s boys basketball team will have a much different roster makeup during the upcoming season now that it has added four players from Historic Triangle public schools.
The four players — Warhill’s Ra’Shawn and Da’Shawn Cook, Grafton’s Cle’von Greene and Jamestown’s Austin Ortiz — were all announced as transfer additions last week.
“We’ve got not just additions to our basketball team, but to our school,” WCA Athletic Director and Boys Basketball Coach Chris Brown said. “We’ve had a lot of transition at our school and we’re glad to have kids feeling positive about coming here to our school.”
The Cook brothers, both of whom were rising juniors at Warhill, earned All-Conference 25 second-team honors last year and were among the top three scorers for the Lions.
Ra’Shawn Cook said he feels WCA will help him and his brother get to the next level better than at Warhill, while Da’Shawn said small classes should help the two focus more academically.
For Brown, the addition of the two guards will give him additional depth in an already stacked back court that features Xavier Green, Andre Brown and Mike Duncan.
“They’re speedy guards that can push the ball up the floor,” Brown said of the Cooks. “They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with and it’ll help us push the ball up the floor and apply pressure on defense.”
Another addition for the Eagles, Cle’von Greene was a major part of Grafton’s success before sitting out the latter half of the season for personal reasons.
Before leaving the team, Greene was among the top scorers for the Clippers and dominated Bay Rivers District defenses with his athleticism and ability to slash to the basket.
Brown believes a fresh start at WCA will be a good situation for Greene on and off the basketball court.
“It’s a smaller environment where kids are able to focus on their academics as well as on the basketball court,” Brown said. “We have great teachers and academic support. I’m just interested in seeing [our new players] grow as young men and do it in a Christian environment.”
The final addition to the WCA roster is Ortiz, a taller player who will provide some much-needed size and physicality to the Eagles’ defense at the forward position.
Carrying a 6-foot-3 frame, Ortiz has a familiarity with WCA because he had family members attend the school previously.
“He knows the landscape and the small classroom environment can help him be successful,” Brown said of Ortiz. “Austin is a good defender and can score the ball. He’s scrappy.”
Brown said he thinks the heavy roster additions are a result of the success WCA has had developing players for the next level and making deep runs in the state tournament.
“I’m excited about what’s happening at WCA,” Brown said. “Everybody wants to play in a good program, to develop and have that exposure for the next level. We’ve been able to get the job done here.”