COACH: Agustin Arreola, second season
LAST YEAR: 19-8 overall, 8-4 Western Athletic Conference (third place)
With more athletes, better shooters and increased depth on this season's Patterson High varsity boys basketball team, Agustin Arreola
thinks the current roster is deep and talented enough to contend in the Western Athletic Conference.
The second-year coach and his
staff are working to develop first-year players and returners as they prepare for scrimmages against Escalon High and Kimball High of Tracy on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Patterson High gymnasium.
"Our coaching staff is focused on developing complete players," Arreola
"The success of our team will come down to our ability to defend, limit turnovers and rebound.
We are identifying players that can do those things."
The offseason had a full schedule of weekly practices and games, including numerous summer tournaments and the three-day St. Mary's High School Summer Basketball Camps in Stockton.
"We had a core group of 10 players who participated in our offseason program," Arreola
"The players who participated gained valuable experience against some of the area's top programs."
An influx of promising players means Patterson should have much more flexibility, in terms of both game personnel and how the Tigers implement offensive and defensive strategies.
The most important element at this point is making sure all the players appreciate the consistent effort required to succeed at the varsity level, Arreola
"We want to make sure our players will be some of the best conditioned athletes on the court," Arreola
"Keegan has put in a lot of work in the offseason and has improved every aspect of his game," Arreola
returning players made significant strides last season in terms of their toughness and resolve, along with physicality and consistent effort on the defensive end.
Though the loss of Adan Cortez, Brian Lemmon, Zack Dinu and Austin Pressley to graduation presents a challenge, the squad boasts many promising players, according to Arreola
"Jordan might end up being the key to our season," Arreola
"We expect to be competitive," Arreola
"We expect to contend for a WAC title.
I would like for us to be able to host a playoff game."
explained that the Tigers have plenty of versatility and offense at guard.
"We have a lot of offensive firepower on the team.
Scoring should not be a problem," Arreola
"Our strength should be our ability to stretch defenses with our 3-point shooting.
We have five to six players who can shoot 3's at a high percentage."
The defense will rely on speed and athleticism, rather than height.
"We will need to overcome a lack of height with tough-discipline defense on the perimeter," Arreola
"We have talent on the team but understand that our lack of size will be an issue."
The team will work on overall development and chemistry during a formidable nonleague schedule that includes road games against Valley High of Sacramento and Hollister's San Benito High.
"I'm excited about how much our offense has progressed," Arreola