Boys basketball preview: Warriors expect to be competitive

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Coming back as seniors for E-W this year are Braydon Nealey, Joonwon Choi, Josh Jordan, Scott Douglas, Zack Berg and Tyler Brudevold.

Senior returners

Senior Forward, Josh Jordan

Senior Guard/Forward, Zack Berg

Senior Guard, Tyler Brudevold

Senior Guard, Joon Choi

Senior Guard, Braydon Nealey

 Incoming players

 Junior Guard, Grant Pattison

Sophomore Guard, Alex Hull

Sophomore Center, Henry Olson

Senior Forward, Scott Douglas

Sophomore Guard, Brad Rice

Freshman Center, Travis Bakken

Players to watch

Freshman Center, Travis Bakken

Junior Guard, Grant Pattison

About last season

The Edmonds-Woodway boys basketball team looks to rebound from an up- and-down 2009-10 basketball season where the Warriors finished 6-14, after starting the year 5-3.  The Warriors had injuries to key players, and the season took a downward spiral from there.  It began when then-junior forward Josh Jordan accidentally cut his hand on a fire extinguisher diving for a loose ball in practice.  Jordan would miss multiple games with stitches to the injured hand.  The lost of Jordan was huge, as he averaged a double-double before he got hurt.

What to expect this season

The Warriors expect to compete with the best teams this year.  “We have a good group of seniors, and good chemistry,” said Head Coach Rubin Todd.  “Players are working really hard in practice, it’s great.”

Team mantra

When asked what word best describes the Warriors basketball team, Coach Rubin responded “family.”  “Family describes we want to do with the program, it describes how we push each other, and how good we want to be,” Rubin said.  “It has a lot to do with practice and making each other better.”  The Warriors are a tight group, with the leadership responsibilities being delegated between three individuals: senior Brayden Nealey, senior Zack Berg and senior Joon Choi.

What’s different this year?

“I think defensively we’re solid,” Rubin said.  “We’re solid, defensive minded and we have some height and speed.”

(Submitted by My Edmonds News sports contributor Michael Johnson)

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