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By Published: November 16, 2017

Division I

Kadena Panthers

2016-17 season record — 17-9 overall; Far East D-I runner-up for third straight year.
Head coach — Robert Bliss, ninth season (coached JV last six seasons).
Key performers — Nicholas Laney, Jr., G; Cody Chambers, Sr., G; Eric McCarter, Jr., G (transferred from San Diego); Mike Rutledge, Sr., G (transferred from Lakenheath, England); Montez Young, Fr., post; Jordan Valerio, So., G.
Outlook — Contending. Not especially long on height, but good depth and good overall team speed, will make the Panthers a handful to slow down. Bliss, back on bench for first time in six years, prefers up-tempo game.

Kubasaki Dragons

2016-17 season record — 19-13 overall; sixth in Far East in 2017.
Head coach — Jon Fick, 12th season.
Key performers — Elonzo Higginson, Sr., G-F; Ilijah Washington, Sr., poss; Jonathan Baker, Sr., G-post; Jonathan Hoppe, So., swingman; Jhean Natividad, Sr., G; Damian Dorval, So., post; Vincent Hill, Jr., G; Tristan Higginson, So., G; Jaden Asuncion, So., G.
Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Pretty much the same team Fick had last year, only a year more experienced, but there’s still plenty of growth needed.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2016-17 season record — 17-20 overall; third in DODEA-Japan; seventh at Far East D-I.
Head coach — Robert Stovall, eighth season.
Key performers — Kedrick Stockman, Sr., G; Davion Roberts, Jr., G; Rashad Rapada, Jr., G; Gage Henderson, Sr., post; Andree Roberts, Sr., post; Vince Boyer, Sr., post; Aaron Peterson, Sr., G (transferred from Texas); Isaiah Brown, Sr., post; Chris Watson, Fr., G; Kaine Roberts, So., G.
Outlook — Reloading. Like the Dragons, young but for the most part a year older and a year wiser. Peterson brings experience to the court, while Watson is a welcome addition of athleticism and explosive quickness.

Seoul American Falcons

2016-17 season record — 17-5 overall; second in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division; reigning Far East D-I champion.
Head coach — Steve Boyd, 15th season.
Key performers — Caleb Lee, So., PG; Matthew Gardner, Fr., post.
Outlook — All but one player from last year’s championship roster is gone. If any coach can rebuild a team, it’s Boyd, with four D-I and 24 total Korea Blue regular-season and tournament titles in 14 seasons. But it will take a major influx of talent for a school dwindling in enrollment.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2016-17 season record — 8-14 overall; sixth in Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference Blue Division regular season; fourth in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Blake Sims, second season.
Key performers — Bishop Fields, Jr., G-post; Ethan Rodriguez, Jr., swingman (transferred from Germany); Michael Martinez, Jr., G.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Thin in terms of experienced players, but could build into a contender by late in the season, if some new parts fall into place.

E.J. King Cobras

2016-17 season record — 28-1 overall; defending DODEA-Japan and Far East D-II champion.
Head coach — Laird Small, first season (assisted previous head coach Scott Jarrard for three seasons).
Key performers — Dyson Robinson, Jr.; Elijah Dannel, Jr.; Gerrell Tango, Jr.; Jalen Nall, So.; Sidney Parks, Jr. (transferred from Matthew C. Perry).
Outlook — Rebuilding. Most of last season’s championship roster is gone. Parks was a huge get in the offseason. More will be needed to repeat last year’s first D-II title since 2000.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2016-17 season record — 5-22 overall; sixth in DODEA-Japan; seventh at Far East D-II.
Head coach — Laura Alvord, first season.
Key performers — Roman Perez, Sr.; Cyril Yalung, Sr.; Cole Bodily, Sr.; Safwan Abdal Khaliq, Fr.; Corey Hollingsworth, Fr.; Courtlyn Glover, Fr.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Fifth head coach in five seasons.

Humphreys Blackhawks

2016-17 season record — 18-3 overall; KAIAC Blue regular season champion, tournament runner-up; third in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Ron Merriwether, third season.
Key performers — Brice Bulotovich, Sr., wing; Joshua Weaver, Jr., G; Jalen Hill, Jr., post; Quintin Metcalf, Jr., post (reigning Far East Division I Most Valuable Player); Josh Shin, Fr., G.
Outlook — Contending. Good core of returning players from a season ago joined by transfer Metcalf. Merriwether feels he may be the final piece for a team that has come up short two straight seasons in Far East.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

2016-17 season record — 15-17 overall; fifth in DODEA-Japan; eighth in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Joshua Henry, first season.
Key performers — Jonathan Armijo, Sr., post; Lorenzo Brown II, Sr., post; Kapili Gleason, Sr., G (transferred from Vietnam).
Outlook — Rebuilding. Much of last season’s roster has transferred or graduated. Third head coach in three seasons. Some good potential with a chance to grow, Henry says.

Osan Cougars

2016-17 season record — 3-17 overall; seventh in KAIAC Blue regular season; seventh in Far East D-II.
Head coach — Robert Penry, first season.
Key performers — Cameron Jones, Sr., G-post; Gabe Rouse, Sr.; Lance Yambao, Sr.; Isaiah Conlan, Fr.; Daniel Jamerson, Fr.; Leo Legaspi, Jr.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Fourth head coach in four seasons, a young, inexperienced roster but with some good athletes.

Yokota Panthers

2016-17 season record — 34-3 overall; second in DODEA-Japan; Far East D-II runner-up.
Head coach — Dan Galvin, second season (took last season off).
Key performers — Cody Rowan, Sr., post; Renyck Robertson, Jr., post; Kishaun Kimble-Brooks, Jr., G; Riley Demarco, Jr., post; Jimmy Dewberry, Sr.
Outlook — Contending. Panthers feature solid returning core with size and athleticism.

Zama Trojans

2016-17 season record — 11-17 overall; fourth in DODEA-Japan.
Head coach — Stephen Thomas, first season.
Key performers — Jeremiah Stewart, Jr., PG; Rafael Labrador, Sr., G; Jaleen Carroll, So., post; Isaiah Coleman, So., post.
Outlook — Reloading. Good core of four playing within the system, better discipline and strong defense.

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