DENVER COACHES SPOTLIGHT
As the 2019-20 boys high school basketball
season gears up, we reached out to Denver
coaches and asked them a few questions about
their teams and the state of high school basketball
in the area. Two coaches — Joel R. Lommasson
from Bruce Randolph and Ezekiel Ocansey from
Northfi eld — shared their thoughts.
What do you see as the biggest challenge
facing your team this year?
Coach Lommasson’s team at Bruce
Randolph is still adjusting to the transitioning
basketball culture in Denver. “It is more diffi cult
than it used to be to make varsity,” he said. “It
is more diffi cult than it used to be to start. It is
even more diffi cult to make JV. Guys are going to
have to fi nd their roles and come together.”
Since Northfi eld lost to Holy Family in the
second round of the state playoffs last season,
coach Ocansey wants to make sure his team is
prepared to win the games that they should be
winning. “That was a huge issue for us,” Ocansey
said about last season’s early elimination.
In which part of the game are you hoping to see
the most improvement from your team
Lommasson sees one path to the state
championship through improving the Grizzlies'
free throw stats. “I know the exact numbers we
need in every statistical category to win at the
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highest level,” he said. “I am hoping we have
the focus and attention to detail to be much
improved from the free throw line.”
This year, Ocansey hopes to see his team play
better as a unit. “I think we did that well but not
well enough to win the tough games,” he said.
Which players on your team will be most
important to your success this season?
Increasing talent at Bruce Randolph
is attracting more recruiters, according to
Lommasson. The Grizzlies’ coach named point
guard Melvin Taylor, Bruce Randolph’s seventh
all-time leading scorer, and scoring guard
Cristian Saucedo, who was a prolifi c sophomore
scorer, as two of his most key players.
“Last year, our point guard set all time Colorado
records for triple-doubles in a season,”
Northfi eld’s three returning senior starters,
Nasyah Bolar, Diego Dominguez, and Rasheik
Gaddis, are set to fi ll the void in the team left by
Ocansey’s graduated players.
“We have a lot of depth this year regarding guys
who have varsity experience and played quality
minutes for us last year,” Ocansey said. “Our
guys who come off the bench will be most key
to our success. Not sure who that will be at this
time but they play a key role.”