Warriors sport fresh look | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Aug 23, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Elijah Thomas drives to the basket.

The Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball team will have a new look.

The Warriors graduated five seniors from last season’s district playoff squad.

The turnover is even more significant since many of those players – Noah Becker, Uchenna Acholonu, Michael Epoch and Kameron Eck – were on varsity for three or four years.

The goal for Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown and his staff this summer was to have the newcomers get a taste of what varsity is going to be like and to introduce them to returners.

“This summer was for them to get acquainted. We have a lot of new kids to varsity,” Brown said. “There is a difference on varsity compared to junior varsity. It’s just getting them used to it.”

The Warriors played in tournaments at Seattle Pacific University and Ballard High School and attended team camp at the University of Washington.

It’s no surprise that junior Mutdung Bol led the way for Edmonds-Woodway in the offseason. The first-team, all-league guard already has offers from Eastern Washington and Portland State, two Big Sky Conference/Division I schools.

Brown is counting on Bol to be a veteran presence.

“He’s excited about his role,” Brown said. “He’s excited about his teammates this year. Nothing overwhelms him. He’s maturing. He’s also been a more vocal kid. He’s going to be given more of a chance to be a leader.”

Two other players expected to assume larger roles are senior Erroll Richards and sophomore Chinedu Acholonu.

The rest of the squad will be mostly players moving up from junior varsity.

The Warriors were able to start developing team chemistry this summer, Brown noted.

“They got along good and got comfortable as time went on,” he said. “They developed some new friendships.”

Edmonds-Woodway likely will be playing in a fall league at Everett Community College. The more time the players have on the court with each other the better.

“That’s when good teams become really good teams,” Brown said. “We just want to continue to build on what we did this summer.”

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