Edmonds-Woodway’s younger players boost solid returning core

Warriors boast strong senior class
By David Pan | Jul 13, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Kameron Eck battles a pair of defenders during a Maverick Shootout tournament game at Lynnwood HIgh School.

For the Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball team, this spring and summer have been about the future.

The majority of players participating in the team’s offseason schedule of tournaments were players not necessarily projected to be on the varsity team this fall.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown was generally pleased with what he saw from the Warriors.

“Some young players got experience against varsity teams,” he said. “They learned a lot and grew a lot. It gave us a lot of good things to look forward to.”

Two returning varsity players were among the Warriors who joined their younger teammates. Senior-to-be Kameron Eck, a 6-foot-6 forward, showed major improvement with his game, Brown noted.

“He’s really athletic,” the Edmonds-Woodway coach said. “He’s worked a lot in the offseason. So I expect good things from him.”

One of the key players who graduated last month was 6-5 forward Ryan Peterson. Eck and Peterson, however, are two different types of players. So Brown isn’t looking to Eck to come in and fill Peterson’s role.

Brown described Peterson as an immovable object in the middle.

“Kameron has a lot more movement,” Brown said. “He gets up and down the court. He can shoot … and get to the rim. He’s a little more athletic than Ryan.”

Sophomore Mutdung Bol, a 6-1 guard, emerged as one of the Warriors’ top outside shooters during a solid freshman season. In one game last season, Bol scored 18 points in one quarter.

“He’s growing a lot,” Brown said. “He can play off the ball. Once he gets rolling, he can really score. … He can shoot the ball pretty well and get to the rim. He’s long and slim.”

Brown expects Bol to be one of a number of players who will fill the void left by last season’s leading scorer Keaton McKay, who is headed to Lane College in Oregon.

The Warriors will be relying on seniors Calum Knowles, Noah Becker, Michael Epoch and Uchenna Acholonu to increase their scoring output.

The upcoming senior class has been playing together since their freshman season and has experienced success along the way. Some have been on varsity for three years.

“We’re looking forward to their senior year,” Brown said.

Two years ago, the Warriors graduated four of their top players, including leading scorer David Woodard. The Warriors retooled their lineup and were able to advance to the district tournament.

“It’s about trying to install a level of expectations and sometimes it’s done in different ways,” Brown said. “We have been able to play basketball at a high level. … The guys have expectations of being successful.”

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