Warriors strive for perfection

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 13, 2012
Jared Wilson-Frame throws down a dunk during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Jared Wilson-Frame throws down a dunk during a pre-season practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

Windsor High School boys’ basketball enters the 2012 season with a much different team than last season, losing four senior captains, three of which were starters who led the team to a 25-2 record while earning a berth in the Class LL state tournament quarterfinals. Many teams would not be able to reload and adjust to a loss of so much talent and experience, but Windsor is not most teams.

In the past four years, the elite basketball program has compiled a 93-11 record, winning a state championship in 2009, reaching the Class LL quarterfinals twice and the second round once. The Warriors expect to continue their storied history behind junior Jared Wilson-Frame and senior center Jaquan Harrison, the lone returning starters.

“We always want to be better than we were the year before,” said head coach Ken Smith. “We try to achieve perfection; we would like to go unblemished. My thing is I want to make practice better every day. I think they can do well if they stay more focused and more committed, and be more about basketball.”

Wilson-Frame averaged just under 15 points last season, and last year’s Central Connecticut Conference tournament may have been the coming-out party for the solid 6-foot-4 athlete, who can play all five positions on the floor. The All-Conference player scored 45 points in the semifinal versus Northwest Catholic, connecting on nine threes, and followed that performance up with a 23-point output in the championship game versus Manchester. Smith expects Wilson-Frame to be a more complete player this season, locking down on defense, taking care of the ball and creating scoring opportunities.

Harrison averaged 11 points, five rebounds and more than a block a game last season, and fans can expect to see more where that came from as he anchors down the front court. The Warriors expect strong contributions from senior forwards Jaquon Fortson and Brendan Gale.

Alongside Wilson-Frame in the back court will be senior guards Tyler Rowe and Ryheime Moore, alongside junior guard Chaunce Dunbar, who can be expected to produce nightly and help bolster down the offense.

The Warriors use their athleticism and tough-nosed defense to stymie opponents from the tip-off. They go 10-men deep to keep fresh legs while they force their style of play on opponents, including traps and pressure in full- and half-court sets, and using their athleticism to get out and run on the break.

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