Last year, Los Alamos’ boys basketball team had three freshman who started for the team.
“We competed well last year, but we couldn’t get over the hump,” Los Alamos head boys’ coach Mike Kluk said.
Los Alamos will be young again this year, but it won’t be quite as young.
Those freshmen are now sophomores. The bulk of the team is actually sophomores.
“We’re still fairly young,” Kluk said.
A season on the court last year and a busy offseason, however, has the team ready to compete.
“We had a pretty good offseason so I think we’ll be much more competitive,” Kluk said. “I think we’ll put a good product on the floor. Hopefully people will come watch and support them.”
Sophomores Antonio Trujillo, Jack Stewart, Michael Naranjo, Ivan Balakirev and Troy Hammock return with some varsity experience. The team also has two seniors on its roster, the same number it had last year — Isaiah Espinosa and Nick Koskelo.
Before its first game Tuesday, the team will have to pick its captains.
“We need to find out were that leadership is going to come from,” Kluk said.
What the team lacks in age, it makes up for in height.
The team has more 6-footers than 5-footers.