Falcons boys try running their way to the top of the Woodland East

Brown Deer was 15-9 last season

Nov. 20, 2012

Brown Deer - Getting up and down the court will again be a priority for the Brown Deer boys basketball team this winter as they enter the campaign with three returning starters and a favorite's tag in the Woodland Conference East race.

"If things go well, we should have a good season as we have 10 seniors coming back this winter," second-year coach Kelly Appleby said. "We had a pretty good scrimmage recently against Grafton, West Allis Hale and Heritage Christian. We feel pretty confident."

The Falcons opened up Woodland competition on Tuesday against Cudahy and will be at Milwaukee Academy of Science at 7:30 p.m. Friday before hosting Whitnall in another Woodland tilt at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

Appleby, whose team was 15-9 last season, will build around 6-4 senior Trayvon Palmer (14. 1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds), an All-Woodland selection last season; 5-9 senior Desmond Jackson (10.2 ppg). Senior guard, 5-7 Jake Schimenz (7.1 ppg) is nursing a shoulder injury and is out until January.

Other returnees include 6-7 junior Devante Jackson (3 ppg), 6-3 senior D'Sean Groce (6 ppg), 6-1 senior Donte Harmon, 5-9 senior Marcus Bond, and 6-7 senior Jack Wallisch.

Newcomers of note include 5-9 backup point guard Lewrenzo Byers and 6-6 senior forward David Bach.

Without returning point guard Schimenz for a time, Appleby will be sliding people into other positions to fill some gaps. He feels that Desmond Jackson can do a good job in the point position.

"We're just plugging people in and going," Appleby said. "We should be able to fill all positions. The kids are ready to roll. We're going to have fairly high expectations and be pretty disappointed anytime we lose. We're going to press, and we're going to run, and we won't be setting up in the halfcourt too often.

"We'll rotate pressures and get on you right from the start, but to make this work, we'll have to be able to go at least nine or 10 deep."

Devante Jackson will try to replace the consistent inside play the Falcons got out of the now-graduated Jamon Jackson-Wilson (15 ppg) while Palmer will use his great athleticism more on the perimeter, Appleby said.

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