Young, inexperienced team preparing for district play

Football season is coming to an end, which means that people are now starting to focus their attention on the hardwood. With the Broncos making it two rounds deep in the playoffs last year, the expectations are even greater this season.

Last year’s team consisted of eight seniors, three juniors, and one sophomore, but the roster has completely shifted. This year’s team consists of five seniors, five juniors, and three sophomores. The down part about this is that only two players (Adarian Harris and Deamonte Hughes) are returning from last seasons area round team.

Head basketball coach Harold Jackson understands that they are a young team, and pinpoints that as one of their major weakness.

“We have two guys returning off of last year’s varsity team, so we have a very inexperienced team right now,” Jackson said. “A lot of guys are just being acclimated to what varsity basketball is all about.”

Although there are a few sophomore’s on varsity, one stands out, that being starting point guard Emerson Espinoza, who has a lot of weight on his shoulders.

“Being a sophomore on varsity is a lot of pressure at times,” Espinoza said. “At the same time it’s a good feeling because you’re a young person that is making a big contribution to the team.”

With all the young players, there has to be somebody that they can look up to who can show them the way to win and that falls on Harris a three year varsity player. Harris is leading the way with his 17 points, and 12.6 rebounds per game average.

“I believe my role is to lead the younger players who are new to varsity and lead them in the right direction,” Harris said. We’re very young and undisciplined at times, but once we get our minds right, and start to get an understanding of what we’re supposed to do; we are definitely going to make a run in the playoffs.”

Although the Broncos may be under the radar a little bit in district,  Jackson has set expectations for his teams, and understands what they need to do to meet them.

“My expectation is for us to compete, win a district title, and make a long run in the playoffs,” Jackson said. “I feel that if we come out, play well, and execute offensively and defensively, take care of our responsibility I think that everything will be fine.”