Who are they? Do they have a team? Do they even play basketball?
Many people know of the Flagler College Saints as the team embarrassingly crushed in an exhibition game against the defending champion Florida Gators.
Nonetheless, people will soon know this team for more than that.
Some may accuse me of being a homer, but I say I can see what is in front of me.
Try these numbers on for size: 4-8, 4-8, 2-2, 1-1, and 6-12. You're probably thinking, "Let me guess: This is their players' average makes and attempts per game." You'd be right—kind of. Its actually their makes and attempts from beyond the arc, in their first game—which they won 138 to 54!
The way they spread the floor and relentlessly launched three-pointers reminded me of one of those Butler-like teams that have a chance to beat anyone in the NCAA Tournament when their shots are falling.
Flagler may have had jitters against the Gators, but I can guarantee a different game if these team played again. Every game, the Saints believe more in themselves.
But you're probably asking, "Who the hell plays on this team?"
First, you have the engine of the team: DJ Ferguson. Ferguson is listed as a point guard but I would all him a magician. This fiery red-headed freshman magician can drop off the ball anytime and anywhere on the court.
Now you see it! Now you see it in the net—and he didn’t even shoot it! But don’t allow yourself to think he can’t. If you leave him open, he'll make you pay a toll to get back across the Saint Augustine waters.
Ferguson usually dishes his passes off to another one of his friendly freshman in John "Point Blank" Pietkiewicz. I call him Point Blank because if he has space and the ball behind the arc, you're as good as dead.
That 6-12 you saw earlier? Yep, it was his.
I’ve seen the kid in practice not miss a shot for over an hour. Call it right now—Flagler has its own J.J Redick!! 6'4", 190 pounds and lights out! The only difference between Point Blank and Redick is that Pietkiewicz can get dirty on the floor too.
The final player worth mentioning plays off the bench behind suspect post play. The media guide says his name is Brandon Johnson, but I like to call him "The Spotlight," because in a game that looks black and gloomy, he can shine through the darkness with his extraordinarily athletic hustle plays.
In the last game, everyone was huddled around the basket in an attempt to gain position for the rebound—then the 6'5" forward exploded to the rim, met the ball in the air, and slammed it back home with unquestioned authority.
I know talent when I see it, and it is definitely here at Flagler College in Saint Augustine. Come experience it for yourself if you don’t believe me.
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