South KoreaSeoul American Falcons2011-12 season record — 26-11; 14-1 Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Division I; 6th in Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Steve Boyd, 11th season.Key returners — Sidney Mala’ulu, Jr., C; Tariel Stewart, So., PG.Key newcomers — Patrick Anderson, So., PG; Sean Horne, So., SG; Dion Johnson, So., SG.JV promotees — Olu Akinbayo, Jr., SF; Henry Arnold, Jr., C; Aaron Kimble, Jr., SF; Darien Briggs, Jr., G; Blake McDonald, So., SF.Outlook — Rebuilding, although Boyd says the team has more overall athleticism, quickness and speed than last year, and should play more man-to-man, press and fast break than ever before.
OkinawaKadena Panthers2011-12 season record — 17-16; 2-4, 2nd in Okinawa Activities Council; 9th in Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Gerald Johnson, second season.Key performers — Andre Chilton, Sr., G; Jalen Creer-Amos, Sr., SF; A.J. Grimmage, Jr., G; Josh Ward, Sr., G; Derek Taylor, Sr., C.Outlook — Rebuilding. Panthers lost many players from last season, and while they possess some returning firepower, they are lacking on experienced big players. There’s depth at guard. Trademark will be defense, Johnson says.
Kubasaki Dragons2011-12 season record — 23-15; 6-1, 1st in Okinawa Activities Council; two-time defending Far East Division I Tournament champion.Coach — Jon Fick, seventh season.Key returners — Nick Ashley, So., G; DaQuan Alderman, So., G; Kareem Key, Jr., F; Ryan Burnette, Sr., G.Key newcomers — Darwin Eusebio, Sr., F; Tristan McElroy, Jr., F; Connor Jones, Jr., F; Eiji Graves, So., G.Outlook — Always contending, though not on the same scale as last season. Fick must replace the departed B.J. Simmons, C.J. Crenshaw and K.J. Sargent, who all graduated; guard Jarrett Mitchell is sitting out this season to focus on track and football. McElroy has shown promise early, the Dragons can score in bunches and appear ready to go for a Far East three-peat.
JapanYokota Panthers2011-12 season record — 20-13; 7-3, 2nd in Kanto Plain Association of Secondary Schools; 6-4, 3rd in DODDS-Japan.Coach — Paul Ettl, eighth season (coached girls last two seasons).Key returners — Mike Henagan, Sr., F; Morgan Breazell, Sr., G; Ke’Ondre Davis, So., post; A.J. Leake, Jr., post.Key newcomers — J.J. Henderson, Fr., G; Brett Sowell, Sr., G.Outlook — Contending, if a great many things fall into place and go right. Replacing graduated shooting specialist Warren Manegan will be tough. Henderson and Sowell should help.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2011-12 season record — 19-20; 5-7, 4th in Kanto; 5-8, 5th DODDS-Japan; 4th at Far East Division I tournament.Coach — Robert Stovall, third season.Key performers — Malik White, Sr., PG; DeAnthony Evans, Jr., C; Cory Smoak, Sr., post-F; Akisch Davis, Sr., G; Quinton Holden, Sr., G; Marcus Holden, So., G.; Ryne Yates, Jr., post; Casuan Caudle, Jr., G.Key newcomers — Akish Davis, Jr., PG (transfer from South Carolina).Outlook — Contending. Coming off a surprising fourth-place Far East D-I finish, the Red Devils feature enough returning experience and JV move-ups to make a deep run in this regular season as well.
South KoreaOsan American Cougars2011-12 season record — 11-16; 6-8, 6th in KAIAC Division I.Coach — Anthony Pollard, first season.Key returners — Derrick Merriwether, Sr., PG; Manasseh Nartey, Jr., SG; Kenny Mack-Stewart, Sr., C; Marlon Cox, So., PF; Ibrahim “Moose” Mustapha, Sr., G-F.Key newcomer — Darryin Cunningham, Jr., G.Outlook — Could be contending if all the pieces fall into place and work out right. Pollard, who transfers in from Archer High in northwest Atlanta, is happy with what he’s seen thus far and feels good about the Cougars.
Daegu Warriors2011-12 season record — 19-12; 11-3, 2nd KAIAC Division I; 3rd Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Phillip Loyd, seventh season.Key returners — Paul Jackson, Sr., wing; Richard Buck, Sr., wing; Joshua Page, Sr., post; Caleb Gosserand, Sr., PG.Key newcomers — Ryan Weinerth, Sr., wing; Dawud Abdul-Azeez, Jr., post-wing; Anfernee Dent, Jr., wing; Torian James, Fr., wing-post.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Replacing departed Darius Wyche, Kymmond Mitchell, among the other components of last year’s team “is not easy,” but Loyd feels he has the talent and experience to “take on the giants” of KAIAC and Far East.
JapanZama American Trojans2011-12 season record — 17-15; 7-4, 3rd in Kanto; 7-4, 2nd in DODDS-Japan.Coach — Parish Jones, second season.Key returners — Rayvaughn King, Sr.; David Coleman, Sr.Key newcomer — Andrae Adams, So. (transfer from American School In Japan).Outlook — Reloading. Plenty of depth and experience; of Jones’ eight returnees, seven are seniors. He thoroughly welcomes the presence of Adams, who made a “positive impact” for the Mustangs in last year’s Far East Division I Tournament.
E.J. King Cobras2011-12 season record — 0-26; 0-11, 6th DODDS Japan.Coach — Rick Kendall, ninth season (returns after 11-season hiatus).Key returners — Jackson Small, Jr., C; Kershaun Lustre, Jr., F; Josh Lyle, Jr., G; Jake Lyle, Jr., G; Josh Addenbrooke, So.; Jeremy Rasay, So.Key newcomers — James Plagge, Sr., G (transfer from Texas); Rikki Kendall, Fr., G.Outlook — Rebuilding, but the elder Kendall insists this team will not be a piñata for DODDS Japan and the Far East D-II tournament. Kendall coached the Cobras to their only D-II tournament titles in school history, 1997 and 2000 and to finals berths in 2001 and ’02; they’ve since been back to the finals just once, in 2004. Kendall says he aims to change that, and soon.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2011-12 season record — 14-15; 3-5, 4th in DODDS Japan.Coach — Dewayne Pigge’, third season.Key returners — Sam Cadavos, Sr., G; Jon Cadavos, So., G; DeQuandre Bernard, Jr., F; David Eason, So., C; Toshiki Primus, Sr., G.Kew newcomer — Jarrell Davis, So., F (transfer from Camp Lejeune, N.C.).Outlook — Rebuilding. Good guard tandem in the Cadavos brothers, sandwiching a front court featuring the 6-foot-6 Eason.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2011-12 season record — 23-4; 12-1, 1st DODDS Japan.Coach — Andre Thibert, seventh season.Key returners — Khalil Williams, Sr., G; Chris Finco, Sr., G; Louis Murphy, Jr., F.Key newcomers — Quindarious White, Sr., F (transfer from Georgia); Ismael Leon, Jr., G (transfer from England); Tyrone Bacalso, Jr., G.Outlook — Rebuilding, especially after losing their valued senior core of Jacob Sterry, Alan Thurmond and Malcolm Mack to graduation.