Boys basketball capsules
Significant dates Dec. 16-18, 6th New Year Classic at American School In JapanDec. 17-21, 26th anniversary Osan Pacificwide Holiday Tournament at Osan Air Base, South KoreaJan. 12-16, Martin Luther King Invitational Basketball Tournaments, Camp Foster, Okinawa, and Camp Humphreys, South KoreaJan. 20-22, Okinawa-American Shootout at Camp FosterFeb. 9-11, DODDS Japan basketball tournament at Yokota High SchoolFeb. 10-11, Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I Tournament at Seoul Foreign SchoolFeb 20-24, D-II Boys Far East Basketball Tournament at Camp Zama, JapanFeb. 20-25, D-I Boys Far East Basketball Tournamet at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam
Team capsules Division ISouth KoreaSeoul American Falcons2010-11 season record — 36-8, 2nd in Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Steve Boyd, 10th season.Key returners — Tomiwa Akinbayo, Sr., PF (13.2 points, 10.8 rebounds per game); Bryant McCray, Sr., SG-SF (10.1, 6.5); D.J. Lawrence, Sr., SG; Mark Elliott, So., SF-SG; Sidney Mala’ulu, So., PF.Key newcomers — Kelvin Muse, So., PF; Daniel Meyer, Sr., PG-SG (transfer from International Christian-Uijongbu); Michael Rivera, Sr., PF; Alex Torres, Sr., PG-SG; Cameron Harris, So. F.Outlook — Contending, with Akinbayo in his third year with the team; he’ll be a centerpiece a Falcons ballclub with better depth, quality shooting, more size up front and overall athleticism, Boyd said.
OkinawaKadena Panthers2010-11 season record — 26-17, third in Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Gerald Johnson, first season.Key returners — Josh Dyer, Sr., F; Savon Woodie, Sr., C; Andre Chilton, Jr., G; Josh Ward, Jr., G.Key newcomers — Preston Harris, So., C; Isaiah Jones, Fr., F; Jalen Creer-Amos, Jr., G; DeAaron Alexander, Jr.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Panthers hurting from the unexpected transfer of forward Jaylen Street and guard Shawn Broughton to Virginia. But enough veteran blood and leadership remains. Johnson becomes team’s third head coach in three seasons.
Kubasaki Dragons2010-11 season record — 41-8, defending Far East Division I Tournament champion.Coach — Jon Fick, sixth season.Key returners — B.J. Simmons, Sr., G; Jarrett Mitchell, So., G; Xavier Price, Sr., F-C; C.J. Crenshaw, Sr., G.; K.J. Sargent, Sr., G-F.Key newcomers — Nick Ashley, Fr., G; DaQuan Alderman, Fr., G.Outlook — Contending, though perhaps not on the same scale as last year; Dragons smarting from unexpected transfers of guards Cartes Shelton and Ryan Jackson, among other losses. Still, Dragons appear in good position to make another deep Far East D-I Tournament run.
JapanYokota Panthers2010-11 season record — 28-13, fourth in Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Tim Pujol, sixth season.Key returners — Warren Manegan, Sr, G; A.J. Eldridge, Sr., C; Mike Henagan, Jr., F; Morgan Breazell, Jr., G.Key newcomers — Mike Faulkner, Sr., F; Jarred Morgan, Jr., F; A.J. Leake, Jr., F (all JV move-ups); Keondre Davis, Fr., F.Outlook — Contending. Replacing the defense and scoring of Kazdan Batey and Myles Andrews “will be a tough task,” Pujol said. But the Panthers have “lots of confidence” in their veterans to step up into leadership roles. Manegan will likely be the centerpiece of this team.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2010-11 season record — 18-17, fifth at Far East Division I tournament.Coach — Robert Stovall, second season.Key returners — David Sledge, Sr., C; Felix Salter, Sr., SF; Rafael Angeles, Sr., SF; Malik White, Jr., PG; DeAnthony Evans, So., C; Jay Schlesinger, Sr., SG; Ronald Bolton, Sr., PG.Key newcomers — Akish Davis, Jr., PG (transfer from South Carolina).Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Stovall is hopeful the Red Devils can continue their upward movement from the end of last season. Learning, running offense and defense well, then looking for overall improvement from game to game.
Division IISouth KoreaOsan American Cougars2010-11 season record — 19-7, fourth in Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Geoff Starron, first season.Key returners — Jacob Ives, SF-SG; Derrick Merriwether, PG; Tom Sweeney, SF.Key newcomer — Damon Prince, PF.Outlook — Rebuilding. Team is young, but athletic, talented and capable of scoring. Question marks revolve around consistency of play and understanding the game, Starron says.
Daegu Warriors2010-11 season record — 14-11.Coach — Phillip Loyd, sixth season.Key returners — Darius Wyche, Jr., PG.; Monnie Mitchell, Jr., wing; Paul Jackson, Jr., wing.Key newcomers — Adam Locke, Sr., post; Sam Oh, Sr., post; Richard Buck, Jr., wing (transfer from Iowa).Outlook — Rebuilding. Warriors dropped off after some successful deep Division II Tournament runs, hopeful of an upswing this season. Loyd said his charges “will have to be ready to be challenge all over the floor for four straight quarters.”
JapanZama American Trojans2010-11 season record — 11-23,Coach — Parish Jones, first season.Key returners — Yoshi Nicholas, So.; Andre Encarnacion, Jr.; Michael Duncan, Sr.; David Coleman, Jr.Outlook — Rebuilding, Extreme team makeover, Jones said. “Starting with a new foundation and praying that when the time is right, it will all come together.”
E.J. King Cobras2010-11 season record — 7-23.Coach — Chad Stark, first season.Key returners — Jackson Small, So., C; DaSean Rogers, Sr., F; Kiyoshi Reynolds, Jr., G; Regan Young, So. G; Kershaun Lustre, So., F.Outlook — Rebuilding once more. Plenty of returners, but only Small and Rogers saw significant playing time. “We should improve as the year progresses and we have great team chemistry,” Stark said.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2010-11 season record — 19-17.Coach — Dewayne Pigge’, second season.Key performers — Sam Cadavos, Jr., G; Jon Cadavos, Fr., G; James Kerr, Fr. F; Malik Hale, So., C (transfers in December); Joel Forwalder, Sr., F; DeQuandre Benard, So., C; Samuel Hess, So., SG; Andrew Hernandez, Fr., C; Jay Cone, So., PG; Makkai Leggette, Fr., SG (transfers in December); Michael Gonzalez, Fr., F; David Eason, Fr., C; Darius Groves, Fr., SF; Tyron Paris, Fr., SF.Outlook — Rebuilding. Improved last season, but lost John Ayers to graduation and will lose two key cogs in Hale and Leggette to the PCS plane in December. The Cadavos brothers should bring firepower to the table; question being how quickly this young team will learn the game.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2010-11 season record — 25-6, third for second straight year in Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Chris Waite, first season.Key returners — Jacob Sterry, Sr., G; Alan Thurmand, Sr., G; Malcolm Mack, Sr., F; Khalil Williams, Jr., G.Key newcomers — Chris Finco, Jr. (transfer from Boston); Louis Murphy, So. (JV promote); Blake Weldon, So.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Solid veteran core of players, led by Sterry and Mack, from last year’s DODDS Japan runner-up team back to make another deep run.