where in Southern California is there a better quartet of freshman than at
The 14-year-old's have also contributed to the Tillers' surprising 3-0 start in the rugged Century League, where it went 1-9 (9-17 overall) last season.
I had high expectations of the freshman, but they have surpassed what I
Bossenmeyer said his returning high-scoring senior's Jordan Dawson and Chris Curtis have taken the younger lads under their wings, with all parties becoming willing participants in the rare social experiment.
method will get a big test when the Tillers next play consecutive games against
Century League foes Villa Park,
"We won't worry about who we're playing. Like they say, we'll take one at a time," said Bossenmeyer. "The Century League is very tough and we must bring our A-game every time."
"To have the skill to jump from middle school right into the varsity high school level is really saying something about their preparation," said Bossenmeyer. "It also says a lot about their mental skills. They have flourished with it."
Seemingly, the four ninth graders are peaking in unison. In the Century League opener, a 61-48 win against Brea Olinda, Coulter got 13 points and 11 rebounds. Wilkerson scored 11 points and Leonhardt nine points.
Coulter, Wilkerson, and Leonhardt appear on the cusp of scoring in double figures on a consistent basis, and at 6-5, Ebel is the tallest Tiller and is starting to hit the perimeter jump shot.
veteran Curtis had a season high 22 points, with five 3-pointers in
Due to his team's lack of height, Bossenmeyer employs a motion offense with four guards. "Two freshmen start and two come off the bench, but they all play," said Bossenmeyer. "This is the youngest team that I've ever had."
is in his seventh season at
course, we'd like to keep the four together at