WILKES-BARRE – By the end of his freshman season, 6-foot-8 MMI Prep forward/center Phillip Byriel increasingly was becoming an impact player in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
District 2’s smallest school, in terms of enrollment, has a big team and hopes of improving this season.
“We’re looking to grow on how we played late last season,” Preppers coach Joe Flanagan said.
Byriel, a double figures scorer who worked on his game with the JB Hoops ninth-grade AAU team in the offseason, and 6-foot-3 junior guard/forward Matt Marchetti return to the starting lineup.
They will be joined in the starting lineup by senior guard George Palermo, sophomore forward Marcus Kassick and junior guard Zach Young.
One of Flanagan’s challenges will be developing some depth from an 18-player roster.
MMI Prep went 3-13 to finish fifth of six WVC Division 3 teams last season. They were 5-18 overall, finishing the season in the District 2 Class A championship game where they fell by 23 to Susquehanna.
As one of just two Class A teams in the district, the Preppers know they will get to play at the Mohegan Sun Arena for the district championship. They also have a chance to try to land a spot in the District 2-11 Class A Subregional playoffs.
“Our job is in February to be playing our best and hopefully steal a district title,” Flanagan said at the WVC Media Night.