Coming off of an upsetting season the Princeton boys’ basketball team is hungry to prove itself to the school and the community. With a new coach and improved returning players the team should do well this season.
Kevin Rainey, varsity point guard, thinks the boys will do well this season. He believes that there is a way for the team to get back to the winning status.
“[We need] hard work, dedication, and commitment,” said Kevin Rainey.
Jamal Walker, the new Princeton boys’ basketball team head coach was Junior Varsity coach for Princeton last season. They had a lot of success last season at that level. The team also had a lot of success in the summer league but they still have things to improve on.
Rainey thinks that Coach Walker will bring a great atmosphere to the team.
“Change is a good thing, and you just have to adjust to it,” said Rainey.
Rainey says that some of the key players this season will be himself, Jordan Bradley, DJ Lewis and DJ Harris. Rainey thinks the team needs to improve on working hard and chemistry on the court. There are no transferred players this season to contribute to the team.
Rainey thinks the team will be successful in the GMC this season. He says that Lakota East is the team to beat this season in the conference.
There is a lot of pressure on the team to do better than last season and have a winning season.
Jordan Bradley, senior and PHS point guard, is not focused on the past and thinks the team will do well and contend to win the GMC. Bradley thinks the team will need to come together and build chemistry.
Bradley was excited when he found out he would be getting a new coach. Bradley thinks that Coach Walker will bring toughness and intensity to the team this season.
Bradley thinks the senior class and sophomores DJ Harris and Justin Newman will be key players this season.
“We need to improve on chemistry, togetherness, leadership and good defense,” said Bradley.
The team did outstanding in summer league with new coach Jamal Walker. They placed first in a Miami (OH) basketball camp, placed second at Xavier camp, lost only two games in Dayton Dunbar tournament and had a blowout win against Holmes (KY).
“[We need to] go harder in practice than we would in the game,” said DJ Lewis.
Lewis felt that good things would happen when they got the new coach. He thinks that Coach Walker will bring a great work ethic and make the team a “family.”
Corneisha Henderson, PHS girls’ basketball team player, thinks the team will do well this season. Henderson was excited for Coach Walker because she knows what he is about as a coach. Henderson thinks that DJ Lewis, DJ Harris and Jordan Bradley will be the key players this season. Henderson thinks that the team will do great in the GMC this season.
Henderson doesn’t feel that the team should feel any pressure.
“The team should play relentlessly,” said Henderson. “It has nothing to lose.”
Coach Walker says that it is hard to tell right now what the team will do this season because of the toughness of the league and inexperienced players on the team. Walker thinks it will take hard work and dedication for the team to get back to winning and will have to stick together.
Walker was excited when he found out he would be getting the job of head coach. Walker is interested in seeing how players will develop here at Princeton. Walker will bring an atmosphere of discipline and fundamentally sound basketball and the team will “go hard.”
“We go hard” is Walker’s and the team’s new motto on the court and in the classroom.
Walker does not think there will be key players; he just wants the team to stick together and play hard. Walker thinks the team needs to improve on active defense and to play fast but not turn the ball over. Walker thinks the team will do well in the conference if they defend their home court well and win some games at home. He believes there is always pressure on the team because of wanting to win but if they “leave it all on the court” they should win games. Walker had a good group of kids come out for summer league and has positive things to build on for this season.