Although the 2014-15 Redford Union boys basketball team is a little raw in the experience department, the Panthers are well done when it comes to athleticism.
“This is probably the most athletic team I’ve had in my four years as head coach,” said RU’s Randall Taylor, assessing his current roster. “I like the fight in this team, too. They get after it. What we’re working on now is getting the guys to embrace the fact that they have to work hard every minute of every day.”
Ten of the Panthers’ 14 players are first-year varsity performers. Among the top returners are senior tri-captains Anise Grady-Shelton, a 5-11 guard; Jerrime Koger, a 6-2 swing player; and Carlos Welch, a 6-4 post player.
Koger led the Panthers with 18 points (he canned 8 of 10 free-throw attempts) in Monday’s season-opening loss to Plymouth.
“Anise is one of those valuable players who leads by example,” said Taylor. “He’ll give us a lot of energy when he comes off the bench, and he can shoot. Jerrime is our most versatile player. He can score a lot of ways and his leadership has really improved since last season. He’s more vocal than he was last season.
“Carlos will play down low a lot, but he can play any of the five positions on the court. He’s our glue guy. He can do a lot of things well.”
Senior John Crawford has earned the opportunity to play significant minutes after playing just half of his junior season.
“John is a great defender who can shoot outside and play both guard spots,” Taylor raved.
Speaking of athleticism, senior Keyon Thomas epitomizes the Panthers’ trademark quality.
“Keyon can jump, block shots and dunk fairly easily,” Taylor said. “He’ll play a lot of center and power forward.”
Not surprisingly, junior point guard Tyrone Robinson also played quarterback for the Panthers’ varsity football team. Noted for his passing and ball-handling, the 6-foot-1 guard can “get to the rim really well and he had a great summer for us,” Taylor noted.
Other key contributors include junior Jemal Williams, Kaylyn Turner, Braxton Cannon and Reggie Jennings.