Weekly Feature



2013-12-04 / Sports

Inexperience at the forefront for Bulldogs basketball this year

by BRANDON KILIJANSKI
Reporter

Last season, the Kenmore East boys basketball team won just four games and graduated just about the entire roster.

Junior forward Andy Fields is the only player on the current squad to have previously started a varsity game.

He played most of last year as a starter.

The Bulldogs have five other returners including seniors Adam Geib, Ryan Flynn, Jack Stelianou and Aaron Cannon, and junior Mike DeBenedetti.

Geib and Flynn are the team captains, and Geib has the second most varsity experience behind Fields.

Flynn stands 6-foot-4 and is a nifty left-handed shooter who can also give the Bulldogs some inside presence.

DeBenedetti was called up as a sophomore last season and is an athletic, strong post player.

At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, head coach Jay Robbins said that he “just looks like a basketball player.”

The Bulldogs will also have the services of a sophomore transfer from Michigan, Aaron Tucker. He is one of the purest basketball players on the roster and will be in the mix to direct the offense.

“He’s a good ball handler which gives us a boost there,” said Robbins. “He helps to put everybody else at a more natural position. We hope that he can adjust quickly here.”

With there being so much inexperience at playing at the varsity level, Robbins said he expects there to be a learning curve early on in the season, but any player can step into the starting five at any time.

“This could be one of the deepest teams I’ve ever had,” he said. “I could put in our 12th guy with four starters and we would be just fine.”

This weekend, the Bulldogs start the season at the Iroquois Tip-Off Tournament, and Robbins said he wants to get off to a good start to build some confidence.

“The more we play, the more it will start to come together and hopefully we can sneak up on some teams later in the season.”

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