Returning players (all grade 12) include PG Frank Rukundo, SF Andrew Sigurdson, C Josh Porter, SF Braeden Smith.
Frank is the team’s spark-plug; he can shoot and penetrate. Andrew is one of the hardest workers the program has seen in a long time; he is a great offensive rebounder and off-ball defender. Josh was last season’s most improved player; his finishing around the basket has become a strength, as well as his ability to stretch defenses with his shooting. Braeden was last season’s leading scorer; his penetrating ability and ability to elevate quickly make him a great offensive rebounder and tough to defend. Top prospects, both grade 11 include PG Rhys Abella and SF Benjamin Mensah. Rhys is a confident director of traffic and great distributor of the ball. Benjamin’s length and athleticism make him a challenge to guard and he can post-up small players and take bigger defenders out to the perimeter.
The Buckeyes will look to control the tempo of the game by playing aggressive defense and forcing opponents to go away from their strengths. Offensively the Buckeyes will look to up the tempo when it suits them and have a variety of scoring options. Lots of screens and off-ball movement will be a hallmark of this team. Last year was a re-building season, and one of the main goals of the Buckeyes’ is to continuing building on the momentum established last season. Re-establishing the program as a regular contender should continue with this committed and hard-working team.
Coaches: Jeff Shaddock, Jon Janzen, Aaron Strempler, Daniel Chuckrey, Hameid Sofizada