The Ranger men’s basketball team has chemistry and for head coach Craig Murray, that’s what will take the program to the next level. “The guys enjoy being around each other and what’s better is that they enjoy playing for each other which is much different from last year,” shares the fourth-year head coach, “Last year we were really technically skilled as a team but this year we’ve got good chemistry which allows the skill to be accepted by each and every one of the guys.”
This chemistry starts with the leadership. The Rangers are led by returning sophomores Izaiah Clark (Mariner HS / Everett, WA) & Mekhi Hughes (Curtis HS / Lakewood, WA). Add that to mental toughness & good communication that allows the teammates to give constructive criticism and you’ve got a recipe for a quality basketball team.
Further, these guys have skill. “The guy that makes the big impact on the game could be different on any given night,” shares Murray, “That’s what I like about this team and what makes us good. We’re ok with whomever ‘the guy’ is on any given night.”
Other than Clark & Hughes, those guys include freshmen Will Johnson, Devon Kelley, and Calvin Dennis. Johnson is a point guard from Todd Beamer High School in Tukwila, a guy Murray describes as a “physically strong guard who will help us play the up tempo style we want to play.” Kelley (Decatur HS / Tukwila, WA) & Dennis (North Kitsap HS / Bremerton, WA) will be the inside presence missing from last year’s squad. The big guys give depth to the team who add another level to their already strong shooting core.
Even more than adding the new offense, the 2018-19 version of Ranger men’s basketball will strive to be of one mind on the defensive side of the floor. “The staple of who we are will be dictated by our defense presence,” states Murray, “It’s not one individual. You’ve got to be on a string together. We recognize that we’ve got to do this as a team and we work every day towards that goal.”
Catch the Ranger men at home on December 11th versus Green River. Tip is at 7 pm in the BSC on the Bremerton campus.