Summer has had extra meaning for Ron Garren this year.
After not being able to work with his team a year ago, during the summer, after his late hiring, Garren has had the full allotment of summer in 2014. It has made all the difference in the world, the veteran coach said.
“I have been pleased with our overall summer,” Garren said. “We have made a lot of strides. We are getting to the point where we can be competitive.”
The Bulldoggs posted winning records in various camps during June. Garren said with so many members of the basketball team also competing in summer workouts, WBHS “ran out of gas” during some of the later June games.
“I told them to forget about those games,” Garren said. “We played well against Dacula and they are an outstanding team.”
The Bulldoggs competed in more than 20 summer games as compared to a year ago when Garren said he has two open gym dates.
“We are definitely ahead of last year,” he said. “Summer is so important for many reasons. It allows you to put the kids in different situations and to get a look at the younger kids in game action. Right now, we know who some of our better rising ninth grade players are. Last year I didn’t meet them until preseason tryouts.”
WBHS has now completed its summer slate of games.
With several team members competing in multiple sports, something that Garren encourages, basketball work is completed in June.
“We may have some open gyms for some of them to come in and shoot,” the coach said. “It won’t be anything organized.”
Some of the standout players this summer have been Braydn Randall and Brandon Hayes.
In addition to summer work locally, Hayes competes for an AAU team.
CeCe Green and Drestin Williams also performed well this summer, their coach said, and while both are point guards, Garren is looking at getting both of them on the court at the same time.
“Right now we will be eight players deep, but we are looking to make it more,” Garren said. “To play up-tempo, we need that depth to play aggressive defense. We will have to have more than five or six players.”