Basketball - Boys Varsity
2009, 2010, 2016 and 2017
The Whitfield Warriors completed another successful 20 win season, with an overall record of 21 wins and only 8 loses. The season was highlighted by an Elite 8 appearance in the MSHSAA State Playoffs and champions of the Pattonville and Rotating 8 Tournaments.
During their successful season, Whitfield competed in four invitational showcase events and faced four other teams who earned a birth to their respective class and state Final 4.
Torrence Watson '18 led the entire St. Louis Metro Area in scoring for the second consecutive season by averaging 31.2 ppg while breaking the 50 point barrier on three different occasions. Torrence also set the all-time record for career points (2,755), points in a season (893) and average points per game (31.2). For his stellar season, Torrence was named the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year, First-Team All-Metro and the Class 3 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year. Torrence accepted a full-ride basketball scholarship to the Universtiy of Missouri-Columbia.
Amechi Ramsey '18 and junior Luther Taylor '19 earned All-District honors for their impactful contributions to the team's overall success while senior Ben Ayers '18 earned the prestigious, MBCA Academic All-State award for meeting the academic and playing standards set by the association. Ben now serves as a student assistant at Syracuse University.
Ben Ayers: Syracuse University
Jordan Harris: Washington University-St. Louis
Amechi Ramsey: University of North Texas
Torrence Watson: University of Missouri-Columbia
Tarik Wilkinson: University of Southern California
Sheng Zhou: Santa Clara University
2017-2018 Boys Basketball Honors
Amechi Ramsey '18
Luther Taylor '19
Torrence Watson '18
First Team All-Metro
Torrence Watson '18
MBCA Academic All-State
Ben Ayers '18
MBCA Class 3 Player of the Year
Torrence Watson '18
Torrence Watson led all individuals in points scored in the St. Louis-Metro area with 808 total points for the season. He also broke the Whitfield School record for most points scored in a season while also breaking the all-time scoring record in school history. Additionally, during his State Semi-Finals appearance, Torrence broke the all-time record in the Missouri State Playoff series with the most free throw attempts and free throw makes in one game. For his outstanding season, Torrence was selected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, Class 3, All-State Team for the third consecutive season.
For their contributions to the team's success, Cyrus Alexander and Luther Taylor were selected to the Class 3, District 5 All-District Team.
In recognition of his team's development and success, Head Coach Mike Potsou was selected as the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, Class 3 Boys, Richard Fairchild, Coach of the Year.
In 2017-2018, the Whitfield boys basketball team will participate in the highly competitive Tournament of Champions Shootout, The Show-Me State Games Shootout, The Highland Shootout and The Bank of O'Fallon Shootout.
Last year, the Whitfield Warriors had a magical run to a Final Four appearance at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO. A successful season on and off the court, the Warriors completed the year with an overall record of 25-7 and were the inaugural Rotating 8 Tournament Champions. Led by seniors DeVaughn Rucker, Bryce Berry, Chadd Montgomery, Isaac Rodriguez, Ethan Bradley and Colin Strege this group experienced a season to remember. Most notably, the state quarterfinals game vs. Caruthersville at Jefferson College is one of the more memorable high school games in the history of Missouri high school basketball. To read about that game and other articles about the season please click on the following links: Whitfield vs. Caruthersville, Close-knit Whitfield campus rallies around success of Warriors, Whitfield vs. Father Tolton. At the completion of the season, DeVaughn Rucker accepted his admission offer and will continue his playing career at Washington University in St. Louis. Bryce Berry did the same and will continue his playing career at Rhodes College.
DeVaughn Rucker MBCA Academic All-State
Torrence Watson and Bryce Berry MBCA All-State Selection
After replacing four senior starters from the district championship team, the '14-'15 Warriors were still able to compile a 19-9 record. As with any young and inexperienced team, it took some time for the Warriors to gel but by seasons end they were once again one of the top teams in Class 3.Led by juniors Bryce Berry and DeVaughn Rucker, several of the younger players with lesser experience gained valuable experience and stepped up at different times throughout the year.
But no moment may have been more special than on Senior Night, when Joe Enright, Drew Ayers, and Ethan Greenblatt put on a show in front of a packed Cady Gymnasiums vs. Ladue. In their last game of the season, the three Seniors led the Warriors to a big win over a high quality Rams team.
Unlike the '14-'15 season, the '15-'16 Warriors will be returning several key pieces from the 19-9 season and hope to build upon what they started in '14-'15. Bryce Berry, DeVaugn Rucker, Collin Strege, Chadd Montgomery, Ethan Bradley, Isaac Rodriguez, Jordan Crouch, Torrence Watson, and Will Matthews return. Additional, the new faces to the team, Chis Alexander, Shakked Armoza, Amechie Ramsey, Cyrus Alexander and Luther Taylor look to add to the tradition of excellence that has been established in the program.
The 2013-2014 Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 19-9 and a district championship. Led by a cast of seniors, Dimitri Rucker, Jacob Ekstrand, Collen Frost, Justin Chu, and Ioannis Katranstzis ensured this team would have a successful season. In addition to these seniors, the season included standout performances by sophomores Bryce Berry and DeVaugn Rucker and junior Joe Enright who each contributed to the 19-win season.
Dimitri Rucker led the team in scoring, rebounds, and blocked shots. Additionally, Dimitri broke the school record with 98 blocked shots in one season.
Jacob Ekstrand and Bryce Berry also averaged double figures in scoring.
As a result of their outstanding performances on the court and in the classroom, all our seniors have a bright future ahead of them. Dimitri Rucker, Jacob Ekstrand and Ioannis Katrantzis earned college scholarships and will play collegiate basketball. Dimitri will play at Marymount University, Ioannis will play at Harris Stowe, and Jacob will play at Grinnell College. In addition, Collen Frost will play collegiate soccer team for Illinois Wesleyan.
Senior Justin Chu will continue his education at Washington University-St. Louis where he will study to become a doctor.
Dimitri Rucker '14 - Missouri Coaches All-State Team
Jacob Ekstrand '14 - Missouri Coaches Academic All-State Team
Dimitri Rucker '14 Whitfield School Male Athlete of the Year
Collen Frost '14 Whitfield School Male Coaches Award
The 2012-2013 Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 11-14. After graduating eight seniors last year, this year's smaller roster was big on talent. Unfortunately, several key players suffered season-ending injuries which forced the Warriors to adapt their offensive and defensive strategies two different times during the season.
According to Head Coach Mike Potsou, Justin Thomas '13 and Jacob Ekstrand '14 stood out offensively for the Warriors. Justin averaged 20.8 ppg and Jacob averaged 10.4 ppg while hauling in 8.5 rebounds per game. Justin scored 519 points this season and surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring mark. In addition, he shot 38% from three-point range.
Justin Thomas '13 - named to MOsports.com Top 50 players list
Justin Thomas '13 - Missouri Coaches All-State Team
The 2011-2012 Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 19-9 with two signature wins over Class 5 schools DeSmet (44-42) and #2 State-ranked, Columbia-Rockbridge (59-58) in the Gary Filbert Memorial Classic.
Whitfield will say goodbye to eight seniors who are now moving on to their next chapter in life. "I am really going to miss that group of seniors," said Head Coach Mike Postou. "They were one of the closest collections of young men I have been around in a long time. They truly had a passion for the game of basketball, were great students with great character and played hard for one another. This senior class will be one I will always remember with fond memories.”
Three of those seniors will continue to play at the collegiate level; Zach Ellis ’12 at Missouri S and T, Darrion Harris ’12 at Bradley University, and Darius Rucker ’12 at Fontbonne.
- Darrion Harris ’12 inked his name in school history by becoming the third highest player in career assists, 5th in steals, 13th in scoring, and 9th in 3pt FG made.
- Zach Ellis ’12 broke the 1,500 career points scored and is now 6th in scoring, 10th in 3pt FG made, 8th in rebounds and 3rd in steals.
- Dimitri Rucker (sophomore) is 4th in blocked shots, and 12th in rebounding.
2010-11 Season Recap
The 2010-2011 varsity boys basketball team followed up back to back final four appearances with a overall record of 19-10. Despite replacing six seniors, four of whom went on to play collegiate basketball, the program continued to maintain their high level of player commitment and strive for excellence. Zach Ellis, '12, broke the 1,000 point scoring mark and currently stands in the 1,300 total point category and has a chance to become the all-time leading scorer in Whitfield history. Currently, Julian Johnson, '10 holds the record with 1,828 points.
Zach Ellis '12 MBCA All State Class 3
Zach Ellis '12 MICDS All-Tournament Team
Darrion Harris '12 and Zach Ellis '12 All-District Team