Whether at Las Positas College (LPC) or Cosumnes River College, Coach James Giacomazzi’s teams have always been successful. Led by bigs or fronted by guards, he employs offensive and defensive systems with annual tweaks designed maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses.
In the fast approaching season, he possesses a pair of bigs in 6-foot-10 Peter Hewitt and 6-foot-10 Anand Hundal plus a slew of newcomers in the backcourt. LPC will display a number of looks this season.
“We’ll hopefully play both (Hewitt and Hundal) together a lot of the time. Anand is in the best shape of his life. He came to us as a 17-year-old and he’s a different player today. His core strength and body have really changed.” Hewitt is a bounce-back from UC Davis.
Giacomazzi has two point guards stepping forward in John Ketchel and Alvon Marshall. The former is out of Freedom High where he won Bay Valley Athletic League Most Valuable Player honors as a senior while the latter is a 5-foot-10 freshman from San Leandro High. “They have made the biggest strides at knowing what we want to do and running it.”
6-foot-4 sophomore Jushan Samra also received praise from Giacomazzi. “He’s a consummate glue guy, such a leader and a great student. We’re going to get a good shot when he’s on the floor.”
Las Positas will play a combination of zone and man-to-man — “whatever our personnel dictates.”
The 2017-18 LPC roster:
- Nick Evans, 5-foot-10, sophomore, Freedom High
- John Ketchel, 5-foot-10, freshman, Freedom High
- Hakim Tokhi, 5-foot-10, freshman, Amador Valley High
- Alvon Marshall, 5-foot-10, freshman, San Leandro High
- Jason Augliera, 6-foot-2, sophomore, Heritage High
- Justin Baylis, 6-foot-2, freshman, San Lorenzo High
- Goose Persin, 6-foot-2, freshman, Piedmont Hills High
- Jushan Samra, 6-foot-4, sophomore, Dougherty Valley High
- Mason Johnson, 6-foot-5, freshman, Pleasant Grove High
- Alafia Oluwusogo, 6-foot-6, freshman, American High/Impact Academy Prep
- J.T. Branch, 6-foot-8, sophomore, Antioch High
- Peter Hewitt, 6-foot-10, freshman, St. Francis High
- Anand Hundal, 6-foot-10, sophomore, Manteca High
- D’Angelo Finley, 6-foot-4, freshman, Weston Ranch High