Finally, Owls can stand tall Big frontcourt heightens hopes Westminster

December 04, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

There haven't been too many years in boys basketball coach Dave Byers' 15 seasons at Westminster when he has had the luxury of height.

So when he sees a potential starting frontcourt of players as tall as 6 feet 7 and no shorter than 6-4, he has to be excited.

Add the fact the Owls are returning seven players who saw quality time last season and Byers should be even more excited about the prospects of the coming season.

"We have a lot of players who can do a lot of different things," Byers said.

"There are seven players back who played a lot of minutes last season. I'm hoping the kids can take it to the next step and so far they've shown they can."

It all starts with 6-2 senior guard/forward Todd Dorsey. A two-year returning starter, he averaged 13.0 points last season and does a lot more than just score for the Owls.

"We're expecting a lot from him," Byers said. "He's got a great all-around game. He came on in January and averaged around 16 or 17 points a game. He's also a good rebounder and passer who can play some great defense."

Up front, the Owls have plenty of depth to go along with all that height.

Junior Russell Amont, who led the team in rebounding with 9.0 per game last season, will play the post at 6-7.

"He's a strong rebounder who really helps our interior defense with his size. As a junior, we're looking for him to step up his offensive skills."

He'll be joined by senior forwards Brad Scobie (6-4), Jamie Grocki (6-4) and Matt Brown (6-2).

"Our style's been to push it up when we can and play tight man-to-man defense," Byers said.

"Having more size, we'll use our interior strength and go zone at times," Byers added. "I like the aggressive man-to-man defense, but we'll need to go with a zone sometimes to offset some of our opponent's quickness."

Junior Matt Brightful takes the point-guard position left behind by the graduated Calvin Warfield.

Warfield brought a lot of quickness and tenacious defense to last year's 10-12 team, and Byers sees some of the same ability from Brightful.

Senior Brad Gibson can play both guard positions and will add quickness and scoring punch.

"We have the versatility that we won't have to rely on any one player," Byers said. "All these guys are capable of putting up decent numbers on any given night."

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