Team Preview: Boulder City Eagles
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You talk at Boulder City. You talk on defense, you encourage teammates and you call out the name of the player you’re passing the ball to. These are all basic things that you’re going to do if you want to…
You talk at Boulder City. You talk on defense, you encourage teammates and you call out the name of the player you’re passing the ball to. These are all basic things that you’re going to do if you want to play for John Balistere. In his time at BC the coach has created a program as consistent as any in 3A. Last year the Eagles weren’t expected to do much, yet they won their league for the 4th consecutive season and came one game away from capturing the 3A state crown. While a great accomplishment for most, all it did was motivate the already highly motivated coach even more. Balistere is the Joe Montana of high school basketball, any mistake his team makes he just accepts as his fault. “I didn’t emphasize how good (Elko) was”. One thing is clear, that is a mistake he’ll never make again. Boulder City’s practices are precise, you cut, and pass with a purpose and no detail is left to chance. The Eagles are a week out from their opening game, but he knows his opponent better than they probably do. This year’s Eagles return 6 players that participated in that Championship game, and they all share their coach’s hunger and are all aware of the standard that has been set at BC. In this article, we take a look at the Boulder City Eagles.
Pendleton is another player that saw significant time for the League champs last season. I thought he flashed some scoring abilty last season, but he’ll also be counted on to score the basketball more for this team and I expect him to increase his 4 point per game average from a year ago.
Woodbury embodies the heart and soul of the squad. He looked remarkably improved from last year, playing quicker and showing some shot making ability. Over the years the one trait that all successful BC guards have had is toughness, and Woodbury has that in spades. Interested in seeing how much he produces on the offensive end, and if he emerges as a team leader throughout the season.
Jones may be one of the more physically imposing Eagles as he has long arms and a solid frame. He played a little bit last season, helping the team out on the boards. This year, I expect him to do more of the same, but I’m also looking to see how much he’s improved his transition and around the rim finishing ability.
Lemmel may be one of the top glue guys in 3A. You could see his value duruing the workout, as he was one of the main guys talking during the defensive drill. He’s a rugged player that will provide some defense and overall toughness to the squad.
Coach Balistere is really high on Wright and it was easy to see why in the practice. He’s a player, and he made plays throughout the day, easily beating teammtes to the basket for finishes. He’s one of the players that earned significant exprience from last year’s title run, so expect him to come out with a ton of confidence.
Walker just needs to keep getting 1% better every day. The sophmore will probably be counted on to produce at some point during the season, and he looks like he is prepared for that role. He’s lost some weight since las season, and you can easily see how his long arms and size can help the squad.
Rose is a player that came on during the end of the season, and had a remarkable playoff run. He’s returned a more confident player, and you could see it in the scrimage, he’s one of the quickest players on the team, and his ability to knock down shots is going to have him in the conversation of 3A player of the year talk.