Major changes for Kamiak on-and-off the court | Boys basketball

Players preparing to step into new roles
By David Pan | Aug 08, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak junior Charlie Powers brings the ball up the court during a game at Kamiak High School.

This spring and summer marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Kamiak boys basketball program.

The biggest change took place earlier in the year when longtime head coach Cory West stepped down from his post to spend more time with his family.

Junior varsity coach and varsity assistant Brandon Corsi, a 2003 Kamiak High School graduate, was named West’s successor earlier this spring.

On the court, the Knights are going to have to make equally significant adjustments with the graduation of seven seniors, who led Kamiak to the 4A state tournament for only the second time in school history.

First-team, all-league point guard Carson Tuttle is headed to Texas A&M University – Commerce. Tuttle, who led the Knights in scoring, had been a key contributor since his freshman season and was the main catalyst in Kamiak’s back-to-back state regional appearances and last season’s state tournament run.

Corsi acknowledged that the only way to replace a player as talented as Tuttle is collectively not individually.

“I think we’ve got some younger players in the program who are ready to step up,” Corsi said. “I think our seniors are doing a good job with their leadership.”

Senior guard Dakota Bueing and senior wing Ryker Wuttke both saw action last season, though both also missed significant court time due to injuries. Corsi said that junior guard Charlie Powers also is expected to see more playing time.

“We do anticipate Charlie taking a big step,” Corsi said. “Ryker and Dakota should take that load and contribute a little bit more than what their roles were in the past.”

Last month’s team camp at Gonzaga University helped some of the players continue to grow more comfortable with their new roles.

With the roster undergoing a major transition, one of the major goals this summer was coming together as a team.

“Team bonding is one of the biggest things,” Corsi said. “What we found out from team camp is we identified some things we need to work on and identified some strengths. It was a good experience.”

Despite the graduation of seven seniors, the Knights should have solid depth next season, Corsi said.

“Our shooting ability is a strength,” the Kamiak coach added.

At 6-foot-10, Wuttke has shown himself to be a force in the middle as a shot blocker.

“Defensively, he’s one of our main pieces,” Corsi said.

Corsi also is looking for Wuttke to become more involved on the offensive end.

“I do see him as somebody who gets a lot of his teammates involved,” Corsi said. “We want him to put the ball in the basket more. … He’s one of our better passers. He’s going to use the offseason to polish up his low post game and give us an inside presence. That’s one of his goals for the summer.”

Corsi is feeling upbeat after a productive spring and summer.

“Our team is going to be very hard working and disciplined,” he said. “We’re going to be a fast-paced team. We’ll be fun to watch.”

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