Boys basketball: Veteran Falcons set to fly

Nov. 26, 2007

An experienced Brown Deer boys basketball squad, motivated in part by a poor ending to an otherwise good 2006-07 season, will look to make a lot of noise this winter.

"We know we have ability and talent, so right now it's a matter of applying it," Falcons coach Mike Novak said. "We have to find where we are because one through 15 on this team there isn't that much of a drop-off. We're looking for people to separate themselves."

Brown Deer opened the winter with Homestead on Nov. 27. The Falcons play a Woodland Conference game at Cudahy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and take on Brillion at home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Brown Deer will carry 10 seniors this winter, nine of them letterwinners off the 14-7 team of a year ago. They include guards Kevin Wild, Justin Austin and Mike Farrington; forwards Taylor Simpson, Derrick Washington, Jonathan Thompson and Jamal Anwar and centers William Sherard and Mike Purtell.

The physical talent is there. Austin is a multi-time state track sprint champion and both Sherard and Wild were recently named CNI All-Suburban in football.

Newcomers include senior swingman Harry Evans, and juniors Steve Zielinski (center), Justin Gordon (forward), Deiryon Nicholson (guard), Chris Morgan (guard) and Duron Hale (guard).

"We're very fortunate that we do have some depth," Novak said. "That gives everyone a chance to get into the flow. We have the experience, the talent, the speed and the quickness and we haven't been displeased with how that's translated into offensive skills. Defensively, we still have some question marks though."

Novak said traditional powers like defending Woodland champs New Berlin Eisenhower, New Berlin West, Wauwatosa West and Pewaukee will be formidable again.

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