A promising boys basketball season is upon us, so let's take a closer look at some of the finest teams in the area and what we can expect from each.
Starting today and running through next Tuesday (excluding Saturday and Sunday), we’ll count down to No. 1 with a detailed daily roll of the area’s top five teams.
Today, we start with a look at our No. 5 team, the Edmondson Red Storm.
Coach: Darnell Dantzler
Last season: 18-5, No. 7
Postseason: 2A North finalist
Outlook: When you think about Edmondson basketball in recent years, the first thing that likely comes to mind is talented guard play.
The Red Storm has had a number of standout guards -- Rodney Pratcher and Kavon Pyatt, to name a couple -- which has made the team a regular contender in Baltimore City and always in the hunt for a trip to the state tournament.
This season is no different. The team’s strength once again comes from its dynamic backcourt of All-Metro first-team selection Darius Walker and Isaiah Tripp.
The two bring versatile offensive skills, hard-nosed defense and a strong will to win that could carry the Red Storm to that elusive trip to Comcast Center.
The 2009-10 team won Edmondson’s only Baltimore City championship and, on paper, this team closely resembles that one.
The Red Storm has an athletic frontcourt to accompany the guards. The addition of Patterson transfer forward Myrek Lee-Fowlkes, who played a big role in the Clippers’ Class 3A state title last year, gives the team added grit and championship experience.
Lee-Fowlkes, an All-Metro second-team pick, will miss the start of the season after suffering a broken leg in the summer, and how well he plays upon his return will play a big role in how far the Red Storm can go.
Talking with Coach Dantzler last week, I could feel the excitement jump through the phone.
Expectations are understandably huge and the team has the talent to match them. Edmondson has had some close calls in its bid to reach Comcast, but have fallen disappointingly short with the great competition the team has regularly dealt with in region play.
Could this be the year for the Red Storm?