First-year Watkins Memorial High School boys basketball coach Pat Dimmick wants no part of looking back.

First-year Watkins Memorial High School boys basketball coach Pat Dimmick wants no part of looking back.

"I don't know offhand what their record was last year. I don't know who started. I don't know point averages or who made all-league or any of that. It doesn't matter. It's in the past," Dimmick said.

Dimmick, who coached St. Charles from 2003-09, spent the past two years coaching his daughter in youth leagues and his son in middle school in Hilliard. Since he's starting fresh, he expects the Warriors to do that as well.

Dimmick was hired in June to replace Erin Woody, who was 3-39 in his two years at Watkins Memorial. The Warriors finished 2-19 overall last season after losing to top-seeded Westerville South 99-34 in the first round of the Division I district tournament. They tied Franklin Heights for last in the OCC-Capital Division at 1-13.

"We've got 11 players on the roster and we haven't figured out who will start yet," said Dimmick, whose team opens Friday, Dec. 2, at home against Licking Valley and opens league play Dec. 6 at home against Big Walnut. "We're still trying to mix and match and see how the boys compete together."

Six players have returned, led by seniors Brady Coward (6-foot-5, forward), Chase Dupps (6-2, forward) and Taylor Fuss (6-1, guard). Also back are juniors Kevin Crawford (6-4, forward), Thomas O'Sickey (6-0, guard) and Zac May (5-11, guard).

Crawford averaged 10.1 points last season. He was honorable mention all-league and honorable mention all-District 10.

Completing the roster are seniors Devin Baker (6-5, forward), Le'Trel Taylor (6-3, guard) and Evan Werner (6-2, forward) as well as juniors Aarmanni Garnett (6-2, guard) and Shaquan Harris (5-8, guard).

"The past is the past and it's buried," Dimmick said. "We're not going to relive it. It's a fresh start and our goal is to improve every day. We want the kids to hustle, be good teammates and communicate. I've been very pleased so far.

"The guys know that I don't care who started last year. Everyone has to earn their time. Programs aren't turned around over night. The only thing I promised is that my assistant, Ben Schenko, and I will work our tails off to give them a positive experience in basketball. If they hustle, work in practice and have a positive attitude, they will get better every day and we will come together as a team."

Dimmick said the Warriors have looked competitive in practice and in their first scrimmage, which was against Utica.

He likes that he hasn't been able to settle on a lineup because he wants to use a lot of players and get them all involved.

"When we get into league play, we'll face teams with different styles," Dimmick said. "We've got decent size across the board, but no real big guy. We've got some quick kids. We could use different lineups, depending on who the opponent is and our plan of attack in certain games."

The Warriors certainly hope to move up in the league standings. Last season, New Albany (13-1) won and finished ahead of Delaware (11-3), Mount Vernon (10-4), Olentangy Orange (9-5), Hilliard Bradley (7-7), Big Walnut (4-10), the Warriors and Franklin Heights.
Dimmick said the focus during practices has been on a patient offense and defensive communication and understanding.

"We need to have good shot selection in order to shoot a higher percentage," he said. "We don't want to force up bad shots, so we've got to be patient and get as close of a look as we can.

"On defense, we're seeing improvement. They're just learning the new lingo and are beginning to communicate better. They're starting to see how to lend defensive help and how we want to run things. I'm excited to see us get challenged and how we will respond."