Many new faces are among the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Men’s Basketball team this year, joining three returners from last season’s 6-21 squad.
The Golden Rams figure to have plenty of speed and depth in the backcourt this year.
First-year players Charley Baker (5’10,” Eagan), Josh Franklin (5’7,” Apple Valley), and Ben Hill (5’8,” Minneapolis Washburn) will provide solid ball-handling and defense from the point guard position. They can break down the defense with their penetration and have a knack for creating open shots for their teammates.
Joining returner and 3-point specialist Joel Hedberg (5’11,”PACT Charter) at the wing spots will be three newcomers. Quincy Bethea Jr. (6’1,” Robbinsdale Cooper), Trey Scott (5’10,” Spring Lake Park), and Ben Snyder (6’1,” Prior Lake) are quick, athletic guards that can stretch the defense with their ability to shoot and attack the basket. Like their counterparts at the point guard spot, they can also cause havoc on the defensive end of the floor.
At the forward spots, a pair of returners will look to mentor the first-year players.
Mohamed Camara (6’3,” Fridley) was the team’s best defender last season while also providing 7.1 points per game. He and Julian Harris (6’1,” Robbinsdale Cooper) are strong defenders and rebounders who, along with Hedberg, will be counted on to provide leadership to the team.
The newcomers provide plenty of length and athleticism, something the Golden Rams were missing last year in the tough MCAC. Jamal Roberts (6’4,” Robbinsdale Cooper), Max Wessel (6’4,” Rogers) , and Meleyen Tengben (6’4,” Fridley) are all high flyers that can finish above the rim, knock down the open jumper, and start the fast break with their ability to rebound.
These five are a versatile group that will be counted on to play both inside and on the perimeter.
Three post players, all new to Anoka-Ramsey, will provide size inside.
Matt Fridberg (6’7”, PACT Charter) and Valentino Jackson (6’4,” Fridley) will provide toughness and rebounding while also playing good post defense for the Golden Rams. Kenan Kent (6’4,” St. Paul Humboldt) is good around the basket and can step out and hit open jumpers as well. His long arms will also cause problems on the defensive end. He is a second-year player after transferring from Vermilion Community College.
Head Coach Ron Larson returns for his second season at the helm. He is assisted by his son, Rory, also in his second season at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.