On The Sideline: Sunrise Christian Academy

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I had the best time hanging out with the incredibly talented coaches and athletes on the #2 ranked Sunrise Christian Academy Basketball team. I had the opportunity to watch practice and observe the different drills the team ran (and just how talented the players really are) before having the chance to speak with head coach Luke Barnwell about the team. Sunrise Christian Academy is being featured by the popular social media company Overtime in their, “Superteam” series. Overtime is following them for the entire season documenting the struggles and successes of the number two ranked high school basketball team in the nation.

As you can hear in the segment, I talked with coach Barnwell about what it’s like having Overtime follow them for the season and what that exposure means for these young star athletes working at their game for the next level. We also talked about what it is like preparing and playing games during a Covid influenced season and what their experience has been like playing in an isolated bubble.

I also had the privilege of speaking with some of the highly touted recruits on the team in Kennedy Chandler, Wichita’s own Gradey Dick, Zach Clemence and Kendall Brown. Chandler, Clemence and Brown have all committed to play basketball at high level Division I schools next year while Gradey, a junior, is still weighing his options.

Make sure you watch the segment to hear their first hand experience at what it is like to have cameras following you while you go out and compete against the top high school teams in the nation while also thinking about your basketball future!

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