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Benedictine coach Ryan Moody gestures toward himself at Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.

Benedictine men’s basketball continued to build its talent this off-season with five new additions to a program coming off one its most successful seasons in history.

“We’re really excited about the whole class to be honest with you,” coach Ryan Moody said. “We filled some holes with some transfers and added some really quality high school guys.”

Moody said the moves made were just as much about reloading for this upcoming season as they were about preparing for the future.

“We’re losing Thomas (O’Connor) and Kyle Harrison along with Colby and Will after this coming year,” Moody said. “We wanted to be prepared for that and not have that catch us off guard.”

Maybe the biggest incoming piece is Metropolitan Community College junior guard transfer Matt Austin.

Austin averaged 22 points a game and was named second team NJCAA All-American. Austin also played at St. Joseph Central with junior Jaiden Bristol.

“He can really shoot it like Thomas and maybe a little better off the bounce at times,” Moody said.

Another community college transfer the Ravens picked up is sophomore Nysir Scott from Garden City Community College.

Scott went to Topeka High School and will have three years of eligibility after redshirting his freshman year.

Moody said Scott is another point guard who can analyze the defense like Bristol.

“Nysir gives us another guy who can break down the defense like Jaiden,” Moody said.

Another transfer is Jocoa Kerschen who is transferring from Newman University after one year there.

“He wasn’t maybe a great fit at Newman but he’s a Benedictine guy,” Moody said. “He’s maybe an undersized four or a big wing so I think he’ll help us.”

Benedictine also has two incoming players who both experienced a great deal of success at the high school level.

Local standout Maur Hill-Mount Academy Zach Schwinn and Andover Central’s Braden Belt both signed with the Ravens after having prolific high school careers.

Moody stressed how much of a true winner Schwinn has been throughout his career.

“He’s clearly a winner,” Moody said. “He’s a tough kid and a skilled player. He wants to be at Benedictine.”

Moody echoed similar sentiments about Belt.

“He’s another stud high school winner,” Moody said. “He won the state title at Andover and is just another pure shooter.”

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