By Chris Parker
The El Dorado Springs boys basketball team is chasing its first season above .500 since 2011.
Coach Joel Braden enters his seventh year as head coach of the Bulldogs with Brayden Housh (senior guard) and Preston Robison (junior point guard) returning to lead the team. Housh averaged 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last year. Robison averaged 7.3 points and 2.4 assists per game.
Five juniors will step up and have an impact on varsity. Clayton Collins will bring strong defense as a guard. Ian Esry brings excellent shooting. Gaven Morgan is a versatile forward. Trevyn Garringer will provide depth at guard. Chad Ramsey will be a strong addition in the post. Sophomore forward Will McKinney is a good athlete and rebounder who could make a big impact this year.
“We will have a group of athletic players led by a large junior class. This group will be able to push the tempo and hopefully get after teams defensively,” El Dorado Springs head coach Joel Braden said. “We must solidify our defense while at the same time fill the scoring void left from graduating five seniors.”
That athletic core of juniors will look to keep El Dorado Springs moving in the right direction.
“We want to continue to improve our program. We have improved our wins totals each of the last three years and hope to continue to improve this year. We also want to compete for a conference title,” Braden said.
El Dorado Springs opens the season Dec. 2-7 at the Warsaw Tournament.