well," VU Coach Stephen French said. "He is going to be one of the
physically stronger players in the league."
The Lions, lacking height last year, relied on their outside shooting.
This year's team is much bigger than last year's squad. Of the 10
newcomers, five are 6-4 or taller.
"Last year, we were quite small," French said. "We are going from a
team that was more guard-oriented to more post-oriented."
Key returners for the Lions include Garid Beeler, Gabe Goldman and
In addition to Boys, Beeler is the only other returning senior. The
6-2 guard averaged 5.3 points and 2.3 rebounds last year despite
suffering an injury toward the second half of the season.
"We sat down in the spring and talked about their senior year and how
you have to make every day count," French said. "(Boys and Beeler) are
really living up to that."
Goldman, a 6-7 sophomore forward, suffered a knee injury in practice
and has not played for three weeks. Corkery, a 6-0 forward, averaged 3.1
points last season.
Newcomers Leviticus Williamson, Damion Morbley, Shane McKim and Josh
Pierson should add depth.
Williamson, a 6-7 junior transfer from Notre Dame, will be a key
newcomer at forward.
"He is very athletic and very talented," French said. "He is going to
be a big part of our offense and defense."
Morbley, a 6-6 senior forward from Cal State Northridge, also brings
experience and maturity to Vanguard.
Williamson and Morbley are expected to contribute inside and
strengthen the team's rebounding.
McKim, a 6-3 senior point guard, is a transfer from Biola University
and Pierson, a 6-0 sophomore guard, is a transfer from Cal State
Williamson, Morbley, McKim and Pierson will help fill the void left by
the graduation of Dennis Keane, who led the Lions in scoring with 17.9
points per game last season.
In addition to Keane, Vanguard lost starters Kemmy Burgess, Kevin
Candelaria and Ardis Curtis, who led the Lions and the Golden State
Athletic Conference with 4.7 assists per game.
Another key loss was Brandon Cablay, an occasional starter who
averaged 10.6 points per game.
"We have a lot of new faces," French said. "The last two years have
been tough in terms of numbers. Due to injuries and illness, only six or
seven guys would suit up. This year, we have 15 guys on the team."
With the exception of Goldman, this year's squad is healthy. And the
team has lofty goals.
"We want to win the conference and the national tournament," French
said. "We have four goals every year: 1. Not to be outworked by anybody
and be hardworking; 2. Be a smart team; 3. Be unselfish; 4. Have fun."
The Lions finished last season 8-22 and went 4-14 to finish eighth in
"We are going to be an exciting team to watch," French said. "In the
last couple of years, our record has not been good, but we've been
competitive and fun to watch. This year we are going to be a fun team to
The Lions host a scrimmage against UC San Diego tonight at 6 and will
head to the Azusa Pacific University Tournament, Friday and Saturday.