Knights excited about depth, talent | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Jul 06, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Daniel Sharpe drives to the hoop during a Maverick Shootout tournament game at Kamiak High School.

The Kamiak boys basketball team has a lot to look forward in 2017-18.

The Knights will be led by one of the top players in the Wesco 4A in senior-to-be Carson Tuttle, a first-team, all-league guard. He’ll be joined by three other returners – Patrick Olson, Daniel Sharpe and Landon Overtuff – who either started or saw significant action in Kamiak’s run to the state regional playoffs.

Kamiak also should be one of the deeper teams with up to 10 players in the rotation.

To top it all off, the Knights will be one of the taller and longer squads in coach Cory West’s 10-year tenure.

“I just think this is a good group of kids,” West said. “They have a lot of on-court playing experience, not all at the varsity level. ... The future could be bright.”

The Knights wrapped up their spring/summer activities with team camp at Gonzaga University. Kamiak finished fifth in the Maverick Shootout after advancing to the semifinals.

The clear leader of the Knights is Tuttle, who will be a four-year varsity letter winner.

“I expect him to lead the team and be our floor general,” West said.

Tuttle has talked to a number of colleges, West said.

“I’m confident with his skills and size he can play for a lot of schools,” West added. “I want it to be the right fit. Whoever gets him, the program, as a whole, is going to benefit.”

West hasn’t decided on who’ll back up Tuttle, who logged significant minutes as the point guard. Junior Dakota Bueing and sophomore Charlie Powers are possible candidates. The two also play the off-guard position.

The graduation of guard Christian Clausen, the team’s main scorers and top 3-point shooter, means Kamiak needs other players to step in to fill the void.

West sees everyone contributing on the offensive end.

“We’re going to have to disperse our scoring and get our posts and wings involved,” he said.

Senior Braden Leary, who missed some time due to injuries, played both on the varsity and junior varsity teams. West saw solid performances this offseason from Conner Fitzpatrick and Jordan Meyer, who were on JV last season.

With nine seniors and new players from the 17-2 junior varsity squad, West expects tryouts to be extremely competitive.

“I see lot of depth, a lot of guys with playing experience,” he said.

Junior Ryker Wuttke, a 6-foot-7 post, and senior Kory Clubb, a 6-9 post, give the Knights height to go along with Sharpe (6-6), Olson (6-4), Overtuff (6-3) and Tuttle (5-11).

One of Kamiak’s goals is getting the ball to its posts in the paint.

“We should have a good height advantage over a lot of teams,” West said.

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