September 16th San Antonio Warren Boys Preview

Left: 2010 Big, Sean Harris and his running mate Chris Freeman Right: Coach Max and Warren Head Coach Jim Weaver.

Got to spend the morning at San Antonio Warren HS with the new boys basketball Head Coach Jim Weaver, and Assistant Edwin Glossin. The two coaches who are no strangers to the area, have taken this new gig in District 28-5A after having been at Seguin HS on the far east side of San Antonio for the years previous. They made me feel welcome in their gym, both coaches are real gentlemen.

28-5A is a competitive district year in and year out. This year, I believe Stephens has the clear cut edge in talent, but from what I saw at the Warren open gym there is no shortage of athletes available to run the floor for the Warriors. They will be very solid in 2008-2009. Coach Weaver said it was too early to determine who his starters might be, so I take it completely on myself to preview who I THINK will be his main contributors.

The backcourt looks solid with PG Elton Green, and combo Alex Rios. Both are a little undersized, but are hardnosed and heady players. Rios also has a nice shot and can handle pressure.

Up front the Warriors have a couple of intriguing wing players with superior athleticism. 2011 6’3″ Chris Freeman and 6’2″ 2010 Akhenaton Zakariyyaa (a move in last year from Kentucky) are potential Division One guys. Like most youngsters they’ll need to shore up their ballhandling and shot to widen their future options.

2010 6’7″ Sean Harris could be the difference maker. If not the tallest player in 28-5A he certainly is the beefiest. He’s a wide body, with a nice bounce in his step. He’s an above average shot blocker who dunked everything in open gym and also showed a soft touch around the goal as well as decent ballhandling for a BIG. Like most kids in HS he will be out of position at the 5 spot. In my opinion his game should translate nicely to the Division One college level as a 4.

If Big Sean takes the next two years seriously and really gets after it in the weight room, develops his low post game a little, works on his 10-12 foot face up shot and sticks his nose in the books then the sky is the limit. He’s a future All-Region, All -State type prospect.Look for Warren to notch a playoff spot in Coach Weaver’s 1st season and be a dangerous matchup in the 1st round because of their athleticism and the mismatch of Harris down low.

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