Top 50 Boys Hoops: #25 Brayden Pearson

Brayden Pearson has seen a lot of changes in his three seasons as a varsity basketball player with his presence and steady hand being the most consistent part of a lineup be it players or coaches. After helping lead the Cadets to a 12-11 record last year, Pearson will be the focus for Concordia to try and up that number this season.

Despite many Cadet opponents keying in elsewhere, it was Pearson who was the leading scorer with 13.4 points per game and save for three very poor shooting games, Pearson established himself as one of the most reliable scorers in the Summit Athletic Conference. He hit 44 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line while scoring in double digits in 17 of 21 appearances.

Pearson’s length makes his range difficult to evaluate and contain at times. He pull up jumper is high angled and his sway on his drive to the basket keeps the ball long and away from defenders. He was also the second leading rebounder for the Cadets with 3.8 per game, but working the boards was one of Concordia’s weaknesses so Pearson will be expected to clean up that area this season.

“Brayden is an unbelievable young man. Most importantly, he is tremendous in the classroom getting good grades in Honors, AP and Dual Credit classes. Second, he is an amazing basketball player/teammate,” says Concordia Lutheran coach Phil Brackmann. “He can impact a game in so many different ways offensively and defensively. Brayden has kind of been in the shadow of some good seniors from last year but now has a great opportunity this year to lead us along with another great senior class.”

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