CATSKILL — Justice Brantley, member of the 1,000 point club and the third leading scorer in Catskill boys basketball history, will be taking his talents to Utica College in the Fall.
“I feel like, it was the best fit for me,” Brantley said. “I went up there for a visit and automatically felt comfortable with the coaching staff and the players and the school vibe. It just felt like home.”
Brantley had a strong season for Catskill, as one of two seniors on the squad (the other being Addison Allen). Brantley averaged 29.1 points per game and was named the Patroon Conference Most Valuable Player while helping the Cats win a share of the Patroon conference championship this year. Along the way, he surpassed the 1,000 point mark early in the 2018-19 season and finished with 1,497 career points scored.
Brantley will be joining a talented Utica squad who went 14-11 overall and 8-8 in the Empire 8 Conference. Utica averaged 74.9 points a game this season and scored 1,873 points. The Utica Pioneers are coached by head coach, Sean Coffey.
At Utica, Brantley will also be joining his former teammate, Justin Worth from Catskill and former Hudson High standout Kimedrick Murphy. Murphy was recently named the Pioneers’ Sportsman of the year.
“I’ll be able to play with Justin Worth again, who was my old high school teammate,” Brantley said. “That will be really cool.”
Brantley will be studying either Business Administration or Sports Marketing while attending Utica.
“I feel like its going to be another good four years in my career,” Brantley said. “It’s just something to add on to life. It’s the next chapter and brings some different expectations.”