• Varsity Basketball

    2023 - 2024
    Head Coach: David Willson


List of 3 news stories.

  • 2021-22 Varsity Basketball Team

  • Basketball 2020-21 Season Recap

    The 2020-21 basketball season will be remembered as the season that survived COVID. With a record of 13-5, this year’s Owls achieved the program’s highest winning percentage since 2007 despite continual schedule adjustments, a three-week extended quarantine in January, and a record-level snowstorm in February.
    The season began with the Owls charging into the new year with a record of 9-2 and notable victories over Bartlett, Goodpasture Christian (TSSAA DII A State Champions), Madison-Ridgeland (Mississippi Private 5A State Champions), Evangelical Christian, Pope John Paul II, and Olive Branch. The team’s January 3rd victory over Olive Branch would be their last game until January 26, when the Owls finally returned to action in a victory over St. Benedict after an extended three-week COVID quarantine.
    Second year head coach David Willson ’99 was pleased with his team’s resilience during the January quarantine, “Among other things, our time away from the court taught our team the value of creativity and adaptability.” According to Willson, the quarantine and the snowstorm led to the creation of individual home workouts, online team film sessions, virtual team competitions such as “Virtual HORSE” and “Name that Play”, and valuable team conversations via Microsoft Teams. “I thought the boys made the most of what we gave them while they were away from campus which helped us to quickly return to form once we were allowed back in the gym.”
    When the team returned to campus in late January, the schedule was adjusted so that only regional games remained. The Owls completed their regional schedule with a 4-2 record, a season sweep over rival Briarcrest Christian, and a second-place finish to nationally ranked Christian Brothers. Their second seed gave them a bye through the first round of the TSSAA state playoffs and a quarterfinal matchup vs. Montgomery Bell Academy. The Owls fell to the Big Red in a heartbreaking 48-47 loss. MBA proceeded to dominate their next two opponents in route the winning this year’s state championship.
    Willson reflects, “The MBA loss was a tough pill for all of us to swallow because we believed that our team could compete for a state championship. This loss does not diminish the many achievements of our players and lessons learned along the way. I am proud of our team and grateful to our seniors for their impact on our program.”
    Multiple MUS players garnered post season honors. Ayman McGowan ‘21, Henry Nickey ‘21, Curtis Givens ‘24, and R’Chaun King ‘24 earned All-Region honors and Gavin Murrey ’21 earned honorable mention All-Region. Givens, King, McGowan, and Nickey were also named to the Commercial Appeal All-Metro team. Additionally, the team’s two freshmen were named to the MaxPreps Freshmen All-American team with R’Chaun King garnering first team honors and Curtis Givens earning third team honors. The team will see seven special seniors graduate in May (Stephen Cates, Jack Jabbour, Ayman McGowan, Gavin Murrey, Henry Nickey, Edwin Shy, Wes Vanderslice).
  • Basketball 2021-22 Season Recap

    An exciting 2021-22 varsity basketball season featured a young team, a challenging schedule, and four overtime games, plus an additional three games decided by a single possession. The Owls ended the season with a 15-10 overall record and a runner-up finish in the TSSAA Division II West Region to eventual undefeated state champion Christian Brothers. The team’s top five scorers were either sophomores or freshmen, giving the young Owls valuable experience while showing that they can compete with the best teams in the state.
    MUS took on one of the most competitive schedules in school history with games against top teams in Memphis such as East, MHEA, FACS, Fayette Ware, and Overton. Other high-level opponents outside the region included Our Savior Lutheran (New York), Vertical Academy (North Carolina), Spring Creek Academy (Texas), and Knoxville Catholic.
    The Owls enjoyed competing in FedExForum, where they defeated MHEA in a thrilling come-from-behind victory in front of a rowdy student section on Memphis Day. The squad later played in the Memphis Hoopfest at Arlington High School versus nationally recognized prospect Mikey Williams and his Vertical Academy team in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
    Other highlights from the season include an overtime victory over Spring Creek Academy at the Iverson Classic, an impressive road win at Fayette Ware, and a season sweep of regional rival Briarcrest with one of those victories coming on the road in a thrilling overtime game. The team also took undefeated Christian Brothers to overtime in both games this season, unfortunately dropping both contests in heartbreaking fashion. The season ended with a loss on the road in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs to eventual state runner-up Knoxville Catholic.
    Owls Head Coach David Willson ’99 says the team adopted a gritty defensive identity. “I was impressed with how this group developed defensively this year against a strong slate of opponents,” he says. “Our team forced an average of 15 turnovers per game, we took twice as many charges as our opponents (44), and we held opponents to an average of 40% from the field. I believe added experience for our returners and hard work during the offseason will enable us to be a more balanced, efficient, and consistent offensive team moving forward.”
    Sophomore Curtis Givens led MUS in scoring at 16.3 points per game and led the team in steals at 1.5 steals per game. Sophomore R’Chaun King led the team in rebounding with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game while also averaging 12.3 points per game. Senior Coy Stiles led the team in assists with 2.8 assists per game, and sophomore Brandon Nicholson took a team high 14 total charges.
    The team graduates five seniors from the program: James Barton, Kyler Herring, Loro Lado, KJ Milan, and Stiles. Juniors Clarence Chapman, Max Painter, Barrett Summers, and Wesley Street will take the helm next season along with sophomores Givens, King, Nicholson, Hays Prather, Jackson Ransom, and Makhi Shaw. Joakim Dodson also played a large role on the team as a freshman.
    Willson appreciated the team chemistry throughout the season. “We had a large roster with 16 players. I was impressed by how each person on the team committed to embracing his role and how the boys supported one another well through the highs and lows. I am grateful to junior Bauer Patton and senior Ricky Ransom for the many ways they served our team as student managers and to assistant coaches Robert O’Kelley and Scott Rose ’82 for their outstanding leadership and support.”




    • MUS 2021-22 Basketball Season Highlights



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