Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Green Wave basketball fans should be in for some excitement next school year.
With June workouts and scrimmages behind him, Summerville coach Greg Elliott is optimistic about next season.
“We still have some things to work on but we have two of our top three scorers from last season and our starting point guard back,” Elliott said. “Also some guys who were role players last year are starting to emerge as players who can help us replace the seniors we lost.”
The Wave had 29 scrimmages in an 18-day period in June. Summerville won 27 of them and only lost two.
“We played a bunch of ball and I think that is going to help us,” Elliott said. “As far as only losing twice, I think it’s important to mention that we were pretty much at full strength while a lot of the teams we played had guys missing because they were participating in football activities. Still, we did a lot of good things and identified things we need to work on. Mostly, we need to work on our passing and reducing turnovers.”
Timmy Singleton, John Jenkins and Christian Kalacanic all return for their senior year after helping the Wave earn the Region 8-AAAA championship last season. Singleton is the team’s point guard. Jenkins is a hot shooter who can also score points in the paint. He averaged 19 points per game last year. Kalacanic is a center who averaged 11.5 points last season.
One of the biggest challenges for this year’s team will be replacing the productivity and versatility of 2013 graduate Brandon Wilkerson. The answer to that dilemma may lie in a pair of rising seniors.
Elliott says Tyler Palmer has done a nice job on the wing this summer and Xavier Robinson has been strong in the post.
Malcolm Holland saw some action as a guard last year, but has moved to the post this summer and will likely see more playing time next season. Kawuan Cox and Weston Groome are two younger players who showed promise as guards in June.
Elliott says when fall practice opens his top priority will be developing overall team depth.
“Now that we can practice in the fall my philosophy is to let the kids play in the summer,” he said. “It’s hard to simulate the pressure they see in these scrimmages in practice so we only have a few practices in June. We can coach them up later and hopefully in September and October we can find the depth we will need.”
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