Worcester Academy head coach Jamie Sullivan knows his team is in good hands, when Rene Castro is running the show. Castro when on a scoring binge last season, going on a streak of scoring 30 plus points in 5 straight games. Look for Castro to be more of a facilitator this season with newly added scoring options on the wing. Insert Worcester, Ma native Matt Mobley, who is a 6’2 combo guard post-grad that recently gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State. Mobley is a very aggressive guard with tremendous athleticism that can also see some time at the point. Also on the wing you have Matt Pannagio a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Benjamin Mesuda and Devin Williams will also find time at guard spot for the Hilltoppers.
The Hilltoppers Frontline will be orchestrated by returning 6’10 Center Matt Cimino and 6’8 bruiser, Darryl Reynolds. Cimino is coming off a great run on the AAU circuit with Mass Rivals earning high major interest including offers from Virginia, BC and Kansas State. Cimino is versatile, face up post player that can step out and knock down the long range jump shot. Reynolds comes to Worcester, Ma by the way of Philadelphia, Pa and made a name for himself in New England weeks prior to the start of school at the Tufts Prep Shootout. Reynolds physical presence alone is an intimidation factor for those who think about trying to get in his way. Standing at 6’8 with a massive cut frame, Reynolds is a skilled, big man with range on his shot that extends to the 3 point line. Reynolds likes to bang down low, put the ball on the floor to create space, in order to knock down the baseline pull up or jump shot from the elbow. Reynolds and Cimino on the floor together will create matchup problems for opposing big men.
Tyreik McCauley, Thomas Rivard and Samuel Joaquin will also be key contributors in the frontcourt. All three players bring veteran experience to a deep Hilltoppers team.