Last season, El Camino College coach Robert Uphoff saw some great things from his team playing at a summer event. The Warriors showed great promise and made a solid showing at a summer team event. Then the injury bug hit the Torrance based college. “It was a tale of two seasons,’ said Uphoff. “We played well in the preseason, injuries hit and were missing 6 key players,” added Uphoff. With a difficult schedule in place, the Warriors went through a rough 3-21 season and last place finish in the South Coast Conference last season.
After the season, Uphoff looked for ways to improve his squad from a year like many coaches do in the off season. Coach Uphoff has made changes which will improve the program and move into the right direction. “We will have the benefits of a full time strength and conditioning coach,” Uphoff said. “We want to be bigger, stronger and faster,” Uphoff added.
Recruiting wise, time will tell what the Warriors will have when the first day of school arrives. Most Junior colleges in California have to wait sometimes on players without National Letter of Intents. “When waiting on top tier talent, you have to wait sometimes for them to fall through the cracks”, said Uphoff when asked about recruiting at the junior college level. “It can be frustrating when dealing with verbal commitments,” added Robert Uphoff.
When the first day of college starts coach Robert Uphoff will have fresh new recruits on campus. The Warriors will look to improve from the 3 win season from a year ago. El Camino loses its leading scorer from a season ago Marcus Clark but Uphoff expects Anthony Dunn to have an impact. The “6-7” Dunn is a solid rebounder and can step away from the basket and shoot the three. Uphoff also mentioned the athletic “6-0” Derrick Twiggs. Twiggs is expected to make a impact especially on the defensive end.