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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 6, 2018

Division I

Humphreys Blackhawks

Head coach — Ron Merriwether, fourth season.
2017-18 season record — 20-1 overall; reigning Far East Division II champion, third in combined Far East tournament.
Key performers — Jalen Hill, Sr., post (All-Far East Division II); Quintin Metcalf, Sr., post (reigning Far East Division II Most Valuable Player; was D-I MVP in 2017); Connor Coyne, So., post; Kemhari Pruitt, Fr., G.
Outlook — Contending. Five players return from last season’s D-II champion team, a year older, a year more mature and wise, Merriwether says. Deeper, versatile and taller than any Blackhawks team in the school’s seven-year history.

Kadena Panthers

2017-18 season record — 27-11 overall; third place in Far East D-I in 2018, fourth place in combined Far East tournament.
Head coach — Antiwon Tucker, first season (previously coached junior varsity).
Key performers — Eric McCarter, Sr., PG (All-Far East D-I); Jordan Valerio, Jr., PG; Roderick Rose, Sr., post; Blake Dearborn, Jr., post; Casey Cox, Jr., SG; Kai Harris, Jr., SF.
Outlook — Reloading. Another team not very long on height, but with plenty of athleticism and speed. McCarter might be the best guard in the Pacific.

Kubasaki Dragons

2017-18 season record — 23-9 overall; fourth in Far East D-I in 2018.
Head coach — Jon Fick, 12th season.
Key performers — Jonathan Hoppe, Jr., post; Damian Dorval, Jr., post; Tristan Higginson, Jr., G; Dylan Canlas, Jr., G (missed last season with an ankle injury); Isaac Workman, So., F.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Some height, plenty of athleticism. Canlas will add plenty of quickness in the backcourt. Graduated Elonzo Higginson III will be missed, but the torch should be passed seamlessly to his younger brother.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2017-18 season record — 25-4 overall; defending Far East D-I champion, second in combined Far East tournament.
Head coach — Robert Stovall, eighth season.
Key performers — Davion Roberts, Sr., G (reigning Far East D-I MVP); Rashad Rapada, Sr., G; Chris Watson, So., G; Kaine Roberts, Jr., G; Rodrick Bell, Sr., post; Justice Jackson, Sr., post
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Still plenty of height, speed and experience returning from last year’s team and confidence level should be quite high, but a goodly amount of seniors departed.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2017-18 season record — 4-16 overall; tied for sixth in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division regular season.
Head coach — Blake Sims, third season.
Key performers — Elijah Bembischew, Sr., C; Ethan Rodriguez, Sr., swingman (All-Far East D-II); Jack Zimmer, So., swingman; Mikey Martinez, Sr., G; Kevin Park, So., G; J.B. Pope, Jr., G (transferred from States).
Outlook — Rebuilding. Pretty much an entirely new team, though it has some solid ingredients, such as the 6-foot-7 Bembischew. Rodriguez is well rounded and can play multiple positions. Park and Pope should provide added depth.

E.J. King Cobras

2017-18 season record — 18-7 overall; third in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Travis Elliott, first season (son of former Matthew C. Perry coach Richard Elliott).
Key performers — Dyson Robinson, Sr. (All-Far East D-II); Jabrel White, Sr., PF; Jalen Nall, Jr., G; James Meacham, So., G; L.J. Scarver, Jr., G; Christopher Fizer, Fr., C.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Led by Robinson, the Cobras bring back five experienced players from the team that won Far East D-II two years ago, bolstered by a handful of strong newcomers.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2017-18 season record — 2-22 overall; did not place at Far East D-II.
Head coach — Andre Thibert, ninth season (returns to the bench after a five-season layoff).
Key performers — Jun Royster, Sr., G; Chauncey Williams, Sr., G (transferred from Alabama); Riley Palfy, Sr., G-F (transferred from Texas); Quan Thompson, Sr., F (transferred from Idaho); Amos Alsvig, Sr., G (transferred from Germany).
Outlook — Rebuilding. A very young squad with just one experienced returner, but some seasoned stateside veterans who could make an impact.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

2017-18 season record — 4-20 overall; did not place in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Daniel James, first season.
Key performers — Lorenzo Brown II, Sr., post; Jericho Eusebio, Sr., G; Deion Stephens, Sr., F; William Rudolph, Sr., C; Anthony Laney, Sr., G (transferred from Kadena); Jomari Silang, So., F (transferred from Zama); James Asuncion, Sr., G (transferred from Pensacola, Fla.); Joseph Andres, So., C; Justin Andres, Jr., C (transferred from El Dorado, Calif.); Avery James, Jr., F (transferred from Edgren).
Outlook — Contending. Fourth head coach in four seasons. Samurai boast a roster featuring six experienced players, plus a solid underclass group. New players in particular should shine the brightest.

Osan Cougars

2017-18 season record — 10-13 overall; fifth in Far East D-II, sixth in combined Far East.
Head coach — Robert Penry, second season.
Key performers — Daniel Jameson, So., G-F; Joey Betts, Jr., G; Leo Legaspi, Sr., G.; Jaden Wright, Sr., SF-G; Gavin Lund, Fr., G.
Outlook — Contending. Three starters back and two talented newcomers enter the picture, giving the Cougars a chance to improve both in league and Far East play.

Seoul American Falcons

2017-18 season record — 17-5 overall; reigning Far East D-I champion.
Head coach — Travis James, first season.
Key performer — Billy Laxton, Jr., F.
Outlook — Other than Laxton, the team is entirely new, including the coach, who’s the first new one at the helm in 15 seasons. Just two upperclassmen. Working hard to be successful in this, the last season in school history.

Yokota Panthers

2017-18 season record — 19-10 overall; Far East D-II runner-up for second straight year.
Head coach — Dan Galvin, third season.
Key performers — Riley Demarco, Sr., SF; Ethan Gaume, Sr., G; Ken Baarde, Sr., G; Taylor Jenkins, Sr., C; David Carlson, Jr., G.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Two starters graduated and two others transferred, taking 90 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding with them.

Zama Trojans

2017-18 season record — 14-18 overall; fourth in Kanto Plain.
Head coach — Andre Calera, first season.
Key performers — De’Andre McNeal, Sr.; James Sturn, Sr.; Jeremiah Stewart, Sr..
Outlook — Rebuilding. Just three seniors and one returner (Stewart) on a squad, half of which is made up of freshmen.

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