Posted On: 12/8/17 1:29 AM
The Edmond Open began play on Thursday at Edmond North and Prep Hoops was on hand to take in the action. We kicked off the first round with 4 great games and some amazing performances, both team and individually. Stay with Prep Hoops as we breakdown coverage from the Edmond Open all weekend long.
The first game of the day was a matchup between the host #13 Edmond North and #4 Lawton Ike. The Eagles ended up defeating Edmond North 66-37 in the most lopsided game of the day. Here are 5 takeaways from the game.
1: Cooper Peterson can fill up the box score quickly
Peterson (6’3 2019 Guard) didn’t start the game for the Huskies, but he did lead them in scoring with only 8 points. It was apparent tho that the junior guard can light it up. He has the frame to score through most defenders and is long enough to get his shot over almost anyone as well. Peterson didn’t get to shoot too many times, but when he did you immediately thought it was going in.
2: Who is gonna lead this team?
The Huskies are coming off the greatest season in the school’s history. They won their first state championship, but have lost most of their contributors. This season they are trying to rebuild after losing all 5 starters and a couple bench players. One player that is returning that played a lot last year is Damion Thorton. The long forward showed flashes last season of being an elite slasher but has started this season off slowly. If the Huskies are going to have a shot at making the state tournament they will need someone to step up an consistently score and lead this team every game.
3: Can the young guys grow up on the go?
The Huskies bolster one of the younger squads in the state as they have 6 freshman or sophomores on their roster. Most of which are getting meaningful minutes. PJ Johnson, Jaden Bray, and Landry Harris are 3 freshmen who are getting serious minutes and are being leaned on to perform. Johnson is a quicker guard who also has a long wingspan. He has a nice handle and showed the ability to shoot the ball from behind the arc. Bray might be the one with the highest potential. He is a very quick point guard who has great vision and can finish well around the rim.
4: Rebounding is going to be an ongoing problem
The Huskies don’t have too much size on their roster. Their tallest player is a still developing young big (Mason Robbins 2020 6’9) who isn’t getting many minutes if at all. Damion Thorton is usually their best rebounder on the floor, but he is also their best defender, so he usually isn’t near the basket to rebound. The Huskies will need to find a better way to gang rebound or let their bigger players develop on the go.
5: Don’t give up hope yet!
Even though Edmond North is 1-3 the Huskies still have one of the best coaches in the state in Terry Evans. As long as Coach Evans is at the helm there is always a chance to make the state tournament. The young Husky squad has a way to go before anyone will be penciling them in, but if they come together and scrap there is a chance.