Burroughs High boys’ basketball Head Coach Adam Hochberg doesn’t want to make bold predictions, but does feel his team will have a productive season after one in which the Indians went 15-12 and made it to the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A playoffs.
The Indians, who lost to Cypress by 10 points in the opening round, return a solid core, some transfers and two out-of-state players who should make an immediate impact.
“We will play consistently high-level basketball this season if collectively focused and locked in,’’ said Hochberg. “We will focus on defense. We will keep opponents off-balance and out of rhythm with different styles of pressure.”
Hochberg’s philosophy is straight forward. “Our goal this year is to be relentless, put in the hard work every day and have an overall dedication to each other and the program.’’
Senior combo guard Amaad Wainright is a co-captain and senior forward Rashid Ewing come by way of Hogan Prep in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Amaad will be the most talented individual to wear a Burroughs uniform in a number of years,’’ said Hochberg. “He can play anywhere on the court because of his size and strength, and will make teammates better. He’s a future Division I college player.”
Ewing will be counted upon as well. “Rashid is a game-changer,’’ said Hochberg. “He plays above the rim and can create for himself. I think both will be all-league and all-area.’’
Junior Chris Hovasapian is the most versatile returning player, is high energy, can play guard or forward, and will lend a hand on the defensive side of the court.
Senior John Cutone is the other co-captain, a sharp-shooter and vocal leader, while senior Jared Soliman is a shooter off the bench.
Sophomore Steven Hubbell is a combo guard with a high hoop IQ, has keen court vision and a soft shooting touch, while transfers senior Jordan Bridges, senior Eric Gordon, junior David Schwer and junior Steven Sanchez will give the starters a rest.
Junior Angel Cano is recovering from an ACL injury and should be ready by the summer of 2014, while sophomore Ricardo Herrada is working through an ankle injury.