With 7 players back, Dragons looking up

December 07, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Glenelg Country School boys basketball coach Dean Gregg thinks this season's team will be the Dragons' best ever.

The Dragons return seven varsity players from last year, picked up three who didn't play last year, but had played before, and gained an impressive transfer.

Junior guard Kori Kankam, who Gregg believes could have started for Hammond High, has joined the Dragons.

"He's the best athlete and player I've coached in the seven years I've been here," Gregg said.

The Dragons, 1-12 last season, play a 15-game independent schedule this season, and Gregg is hoping the team can win more than half of its games.

"We were real young last year, mostly freshmen and sophomores," Greg said. "This will be our best overall team. We'll be nine or 10 players deep, and that will enable us to play more pressure defense."

Among the returning players, Abhishek Diwana is a senior point guard who is a good shooter.

Todd Olsen is a senior who plays center or forward and was the team's second-leading rebounder last year.

"He knows our system and has really improved his shot," Gregg said.

Junior forward Chris Lehmann was last season's MVP and leading scorer and rebounder. He's the Dragons' go-to guy and best foul shooter.

Scott Zimmerly scored 18 points in a scrimmage earlier this season. The junior swing man has three-point shooting range and is not afraid to drive to the basket.

Senior forward Niket Mody didn't play last season because of a soccer injury. "I'm really looking forward to having him back because he was one of our finest players as a sophomore," Gregg said.

Chris Lindenau, a junior forward, also didn't play last year because he wanted to concentrate on his studies. He's a strong, intelligent player and a good rebounder.

Rajeev Kaul, a senior center, is a wide body who will be setting some picks and playing the low post.

Risto Worthington, a junior guard or forward, is a returnee who is nursing a soccer injury, but is one of the team's most consistent shooters and can hit from three-point range.

Henry Johnsen, a sophomore guard, was the team's leading three-point scorer last year.

Justin Dean, a sophomore forward, played junior varsity and varsity last season and is the team's tallest player at 6-0.

Raymond Su, a junior forward, did not play last season, but is a high-energy athlete who is progressing well.

This will be the first time Glenelg has had enough players for a full-fledged junior varsity program, and the coach is Phil Fairbanks, a former Oakland Mills High School player.

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