By Ray Hamill — There should be plenty of competition for places on the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team next season, and that should make the Corsairs even more competitive.
This past season, the CR men had just seven players average double digits in minutes played, with a heavy reliance on the first six on the way to winning the Golden Valley Conference.
Next year the Corsairs should have far more depth, and that could make them even better.
After losing just one starter to graduation, the Corsairs have already recruited three players who are expected to contribute, and have five red-shirt players coming back.
Leading the way among that group is EJ Jackson, a sophomore who was off to a great start with the team this past winter before injury ended his campaign just six games in.
He received a medical red shirt and should see plenty of minutes upon his return.
Freshman Octavian Williams also received a medical red shirt this year, while Eureka’s Zach Reed opted to red shirt while he adjusted to the collegiate level.
And that’s a move that appears to have paid big dividends, with big things expected out of Reed next winter.
“He did great this year,” head coach Ryan Bisio said of the 2019 Loggers graduate, who also was a football standout at Eureka High. “He had a great year practicing with the team.”
Kenny Hodges and Brandon Johnson each also red shirted with the team this past winter and are expected to compete for playing time in the fall.
Del Norte’s Omar Banuelos and Arcata’s Niko Zambas have each also committed to play for the Corsairs.