Virginia’s Wakefield High School to test up-tempo offense in its first visit to Utah
Wakefield High School coach Tony Bentley doesn’t believe his team will be intimidated when it flies 2,000 miles away from home to participate in the FreeTaxUSA.com Shootout.
After all, Wakefield, a 5A school from Arlington, Virginia, was 25-3 last year and made it to the state 5A North Semifinals before losing in the tournament.
But this year’s team is short on height and experience. The majority of the players on the team haven’t been outside the state of Virginia and none of them have been to Utah so Bentley expects his team will have to play through the nerves.
“I can see us getting behind 11-2 in the first quarter just because there is the fear of the unknown,
Bentley said. “Once we settle in and start playing basketball I think we will shake off the nerves and be ok. We will definitely compete, I promise you that.”
The Warriors return two starters from last year. Alan Treakle is a 5-10, Sr. point guard, who was an All-Conference Player. He averaged 13.8 points per game.
Halil Parks is an All-Conference shooting guard, who averaged 14.9 points per game last year as a junior and is the best shooter on the team. He made 65 three-pointers last year.
The Warriors are also counting on Amari Cooper to have an increased role this year. He is a 6-4, junior, forward that started the last five games of the season last year and averaged 7.0 points per game.
Wakefield is counting on Mahmoud Eltaher (6-5, 250) a junior center to give the team a presence in the post and another player that Bentley will be counting on is Chris Warner. He’s a 6-4, sophomore shooting guard.
“The key for us is to play our brand of basketball and push the tempo and speed up the games. Since we’re undersized, we will have to do a good job of really boxing out. We could have a different leading scorer every night,” Bentley said. “Some teams try to slow it down against us and almost everyone plays zone against us because they don’t match up very well against us so we’ve adapted to our zone offense and I think it is something we’re very good at.”