If summer league success is a harbinger of winter fortune, Jesuit's basketball team could be poised for a fruitful February.
Behind a nucleus of rising juniors, the Tigers won four playoff games in as many days at Tampa Prep to capture the annual Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA) summer league title.
Jesuit topped King, Wharton and Sickles in its first three playoff games before defeating Berkeley Prep, 40-35, in Thursday's final. For the summer season, the Tigers finished 12-0.
"I could kind of see it coming that we could be a really competitive team," said veteran Tigers coach Neal Goldman, whose 2010-11 club finished 24-5. "I think our starting five is really strong."
Barring injury or transfer, that quintet likely will feature a foursome of juniors: 6-foot-5 two-sport sensation Travis Johnson, 6-5 shooting guard Jack Fleming, 6-3 left-handed point guard Devin Harris and defensive stopper Joey Galvis.
Senior Nick Medich, a 6-4 backup last season and state track and field qualifier in the high jump, projects as the fifth starter. Johnson and Fleming averaged 11.1 and 10.2 points last season, respectively. Galvis averaged 2.3 steals.
"I think (Fleming) has had the best overall summer," Goldman said.