CHARGING BUCS HAVE DYNAMIC FLOOR GENERAL
They are good. There is no doubt about it. Their coach knows it and is not ashamed to let everyone know.
In the first year following a merger of O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry, the Landry-Walker Charging Buccaneers are a true force in Louisiana basketball.
As O. Perry Walker, Gibson led his team to the 4A quarterfinals last season, falling to Peabody 56-45 in the quarterfinals.
The Charging Buccaneers have been impressive early, defeating St. Augustine, Helen Cox and Northside and losing a one-point game to defending 5A state champion Scotlandville. The Bucs also played a very good Istrouma squad on the road.
The Charging Buccaneers have a terrific point guard in senior Tyree Griffin, a commitment to UTEP. Landry-Walker has four-of-five starters back. Bucs head coach Brian Gibson is bullish on Griffin.
"He is easily the best player in the area if not the best player in the state but he has a great supporting cast," Gibson said. "Our team centers around him. Getting our football players really helps our depth. We go 10 or 11 deep and we are good. That helped our size.
Combo guard Corey Wells Jr. and forward Tirrell Gilmore and are standouts as well while freshman Keytaon Thompson is outstanding.
"Corey is a returning all-district player and Gilmore has really come on since the start of the season," Gibson said. "Both have the ability to get even better so that is exciting."
Gibson feels his football additions will help.
"Thompson (6'2, 175) may very well be the best freshman in the city and he was playing football as a quarterback for our semifinal team," Gibson said. "Jacques Battiste (5'11, 170 Sr.) and Anthony Milton (6'0, 195 Sr.) are good and will help us but we like the guys who have been playing for us."
The Charging Buccaneers will be battle tested entering the Alario Center.
"We are playing well and we feel we have the toughest schedule in the area," Gibson said. "It is something we pride ourselves with. We are quick, we handle the ball well and we shoot well. Everyone will be able to see how good we have. Many of us are playing in the Holy Cross Tournament as well before we go to the Alario Center."
While Griffin is a tremendous talent, Gibson isn't asking him to carry the team as much as in the past.
"Because of our depth, Tyree doen't have to do as much as he did last year," Gibson said. "That is fine with him because he wants to pass first and get assists. I like where we are. We are very talented and extremely athletic. We are a fun team to watch."
Gibson is pleased to be home for the holidays playing in a prestigious event.
"It is one of the better tournaments in the south," Gibson said. "We played in the championship game two years ago and it was special. We enjoyed it last year as well. Facing top teams from Louisiana and good teams from around the country is a challenge and a blessing."