Larry Wells, first-year Enterprise High School coach has a seniority problem: It’s not so much of a problem, actually, but his basketball squad has eight seniors. Two weeks of practice has the team looking sharp. They should be, the team lost only two seniors and the remaining four on the 12-man squad are juniors.
“We retained most of our power for this year,” Wells said through the echo of dribbling basketballs. “We had a bigger summer program and got a lot of games this year. I think the juniors we have on the team had a great season as JV.”
Compared to last year, this team has more experience and depth under their belts according to Wells, which should put the squad in the thick of the fight for the Wapiti league’s top spot.
“We were last in districts last year,” he said. “Given that, we can’t look past anybody, but Grant Union is very strong and Elgin beat us in districts, and that’s a game we want to focus on.”
The team’s strength lies in the its guards, according to Wells, although he noted he had three outstanding post players along with eight or nine good perimeter players as well to transition in the team’s offense.
“I think we’ll be good defensively, but I think we need to focus hard on our man-to-man defense this year,” Wells said.
While many of the starters are well-known to the team’s fans, Wells pointed to junior Riley Masters as someone to watch.
“He’s cominh along well, and I have high expectations for him,” Wells said. “I’m also looking for great post play from Brett Greenshields and Brycen Locke.”
Wells said fans can expect to see a quick transition offense that gets the ball upcourt in a hurry.
“We’re going to cross the line from rat-ball to transition ball and have the discipline to do that,” he said. “You can expect to see some really good defense.”
The Outlaws’ first game is against Wallowa on Wednesday.
“It’s a game you want to go into and set the tone for the rest of the season,” Wells said.