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’Jackets rebuild, see improvements

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 5, 2013

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh The 2012-13 Kemp Yellowjackets basketball team are (from left, front row) David Dennis, Kolten Hill, David Becerra and Braxton Allison; (back row) Jordan Litts, Corey Watkins, Jesse Hall, Blake Watkins, Klayton Kent and Jordan Fullington.

Monitor Photo/Erik Walsh
The 2012-13 Kemp Yellowjackets basketball team are (from left, front row) David Dennis, Kolten Hill, David Becerra and Braxton Allison; (back row) Jordan Litts, Corey Watkins, Jesse Hall, Blake Watkins, Klayton Kent and Jordan Fullington.

By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–The Kemp Yellowjackets basketball team picked up a new head coach this season. Jordan Bedford has taken his spot behind the bench after spending last year in Lone Oak.
Bedford knows bringing in new coaches can take a toll on players, but he is still confident they are responding well and have had adequate time to get to know him before the season began.
“That’s the good thing about coaching football before basketball begins,” Bedford said. “I had a few months to begin building relationships with the guys and get some trust going.”
Bedford started even sooner than that, getting an early start during the summer.
“I know them and am confident that they will bust their rears out there for the team,” he said.
There is no easy fix for building a successful program. One summer isn’t going to change a culture. Bedford knows this, too.
“I think the Yellowjackets won just two games last year.
“It can take years for a solid system to get established,” he said.
“By being consistent and putting the work in a day at a time I know it can be done.”
In the short term Bedford has his work cut out for him. Half of the team are sophomores with little or no varsity experience. Only four players returned to the Yellowjackets roster from last season. This doesn’t discourage him.
“If we practice hard day in and out, success is possible,” he said.

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