Daniel returns for his second year with the Varsity squad, having lettered last season as a backup junior point guard. Daniel is blessed with tremendous speed and quickness, though his ability to change speeds is what makes him an able ball handler. Coaches and teammates praise Daniel for his shooting ability as well, and he will be counted on to knock down the open jumper this season. Look for Daniel to enter the game as a tempo changing point guard, increasing pace on both ends of the floor.
Chris resumes his Varsity career after suffering a difficult elbow injury last season which sidelined him for all of 2013. A player who was projected to start at point last season, Chris is back and the coaches are thrilled about it. Chris embodies all things that a point guard should be. He understands the offensive and defensive systems, communicates with coaches and teammates on the floor and can score the ball in various ways when the moment dictates. He is a true "floor general." Chris and fellow senior captain Jake Stenberg have provided tremendous leadership for the Islanders throughout the preseason. We're all excited to have Chris back on the floor for his final season in the maroon and white!
Jake follows up his letter winning junior season as a team captain alongside backcourt mate Chris Lawler. Last year, Jake started the season on the JV squad before an injury to Will Taylor thrust him into big time duty by midseason. Jake filled in admirably, and the Islanders didn't miss a beat, as he hit big shots and provided solid perimeter defense throughout the second half of the year. As a senior, Jake will be counted on for a more vocal leadership role on and off the floor. On the court, Jake will be featured as one of MI's defensive "stoppers" as well as an attacking driver and shooter on the offensive side. We can't wait to see Jake's exciting senior season unfold.
Peter returns to the Varsity squad this season after splitting time between JV and Varsity last year. A former post player at the middle school level, Peter's skill set is varied, with the ability to shoot and drive from the perimeter as well as the footwork to be creative once he gets to the paint. Peter's natural leadership is also an important asset to the team. As student body president, it's no surprise that Peter provides a vital "locker room presence" for this Islander squad. Look for Peter to provide depth on the wings this season.
Kaleb returns for his third and final season on the Varsity squad. A two-year letterman and returning First Team All-Kingco winner, Kaleb is far and away the most experienced Islander this season. Kaleb finished third on the team in scoring last season at 13.2 points per game and earned tournament team honors at the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge. In mid-November, Kaleb's commitment to the game led to him to signing a letter of intent to attend the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California on a basketball scholarship. For the Islanders in 2014, Kaleb will be counted on for consistent play on both ends of the floor. He is, without a doubt, one of the top three-point threats in the Kingco Conference. In addition to his shooting prowess, Kaleb will be asked to attack the basket with regularity and facilitate opportunities for his teammates. Defensively, Kaleb will use his length to bother shooters and contribute to the rebounding efforts. Kaleb has the potential to garner Kingco MVP honors by season's end.
Teddy returns to the Varsity squad after a letter winning junior season as a backup post player. Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Teddy saw tremendous athletic growth for himself, which didn't come without a serious commitment of time in the Chiles strength program.
Joe returns for his third and final season with the MI varsity squad, coming off a season in which he led the Islanders in scoring and brought home first-team all-league honors. Joe had a productive off-season as well, capped by his recent commitment to play at Seattle Pacific University next season. With his college decision behind him, Joe is ready for his best season as an Islander. Joe is an absolute force inside, with opponents struggling to get around his broad, 6'8, 230 pound frame. Not only is Joe BIG, but he is significantly stronger than last season, which bodes well for his game and the Islanders. On the perimeter, Joe forces big men to chase him out to the three point line, as he proved to be a reliable threat from long distance last season. Look for Joe to be a candidate for Kingco player of the year.
Max steps on to the varsity stage as one of the biggest surprises of the preseason and a great example of perseverance. As a freshman, Max was cut from the Islander program. Never phased by this temporary setback, Max tried out again the following year and made the Sophomore team. Two years later, a long and rangy Max has now grown into his body and is ready to contribute for the varsity squad. No one has impressed the coaches more than Max with his coachability and workman-like approach. Max provides the Islanders with a second option behind Joe to patrol the middle of the paint on the defensive side of the floor. Offensively, Max has a developing post game along with a knack for finding teammates open for shots. Max will make an impact for the Islanders this season.
Jack returns for his second Varsity season after a letter winning junior season as a backup perimeter and post player. Last season, Jack played an important reserve role behind a bevy of experienced seniors and was often asked to focus on the defensive end. This season, Jack will be counted on to provide more scoring to the Islander attack along with his typical hard-nosed play. After a great season on the gridiron, the coaching staff is looking forward to Jack's toughness out on the hoop court.
Jake is another junior who has risen to the varsity level from the sophomore team last season. Jake might be the hardest working player in the MI program. His dedication in the weight room and on the court has allowed Jake to transform his body and skill level on par with a varsity athlete. Jake continues to impress the coaching staff every day with his feel for the game at the shooting guard position. While he will begin the season seeing court time with the JV, the staff knows that Jake has the ability to make an impact with the varsity when called upon.
Similar to his 2014 teammates, Peter makes the jump this year from the sophomore team to the varsity. Peter is a player that continually impresses coaches with his ability to understand the game. As one of the taller players in his class growing up in the program, Peter has been moved out to the perimeter during his high school years and has made the transition rather seamlessly. Peter can handle the ball as a point guard, make plays to the basket to set up teammates, or bang on the boards with the bigs. Peter's do-it-all game will be tested in competition at the JV level to start the season.
Kaleb enters his second varsity season as one of two returning starters from the 2012 season. Last season, Kaleb impressed Islander fans with exciting coast to coast finishes and reliable outside shooting. This season, Kaleb aims to take the next step in moving from a good player to a great one. Kaleb will be counted on to score and create offense for the Islanders in a variety of fashions: getting out in transition, offensive rebounding and attacking the basket, in addition to his role as a spot up shooter. Defensively, Kaleb will need to take the reins as the "stopper" for the Islanders, matching up with the opponent's best perimeter player. Look for Kaleb to compete for all-league honors as well. The sky is the limit for Kaleb this season!
Teddy is the fourth and final junior making the leap from the sophomore team to the varsity in one offseason. Teddy is yet another story of tremendous perseverance. A year or two ago, the coaching staff never would have predicted Teddy to be with the varsity as a junior. However, with a dedication to the weight room and a hard-hat approach on the floor, Teddy has given himself an opportunity to shine on the varsity stage this season. Teddy impresses coaches with his ability to rebound with two hands at the apex. Though slightly undersized as a power forward, Teddy willingly takes on his role and relishes the opportunity to battle bigger opponents inside. Teddy ready to make an impact for the maroon and white!
Jack begins the 2013 season a year after splitting time between the freshman and sophomore levels last season. Jack's toughness and athleticism are impressive to both his coaches and teammates. As a bigger wing player with great feet, Jack will carve out a niche as a defensive specialist this season. On the offensive side, Jack's game will develop with time, though his physical style of play, solid fundamentals and natural feel for the game have him ready to contribute soon at the varsity level. In the meantime, Jack will start the season honing his game at the JV level as he readies himself.
David is the third of four Emanuels brothers to enter the MI program. Built more like his oldest brother Ben than current teammate Alex, David brings vocal leadership and a hard working approach to the floor each day. Last season, David made significant contributions as a backup guard on the JV squad. This season, David is excited about the opportunity to compete at varsity practices and hopefully make an impact this season. In the mean time, David will continue to develop his game at the JV level as he prepares himself to eventually step into a role with the varsity squad.