North Dallas head basketball coach Jeremy Mason posted his first win Wednesday. The results won’t show up in the daily newspaper, or in the District 12-5A standings.
But judging from the 51 boys attending tryouts, you could see the look on his face. This was a major victory.
“Our goal is to have three full teams and build a program,” said Mason, who is in his first year as head basketball coach.
Mason will coach the varsity boys team, and assistant Eric Gracia will lead the junior varsity team, and together, they plan to have a freshman team.
“51 kids tried out. It’s a lot,” he said. “I think I had 20 of them came from the basketball periods. So for 30 to come from inside the campus and the football program, we have to figure out what everybody can do.”
The Bulldogs open the season at Carrollton Creekview at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The freshman game is scheduled at 5:30 followed by the junior varsity game at 6:30 p.m.
“It’s going to be a fun game for me because I really won’t have to coach as much,” Mason said. “It’s going to be a pure effort. … I’m going to let these boys play and get after it. I’m going to get some film and see what we can and cannot do. But these first 10 games are really practice, preparing us for district play. I’m looking forward to Friday to see what we have out there.”
The Bulldogs return starting point guard Paul Gandara, along with Raziel Scott, a second-team all-district performer, Christian Armstrong, Larry Cooper and Raymond Sigarst.
“I’m sure Creekview will be well prepared,” Mason said. “I’m sure they’ll be ready to go. They’ll be well coached. Hopefully, we can steal one. I think we’re that talented.”
Gracia welcomes the football players on the varsity squad.
“I think we’re going to go out there and compete with these boys,” Gracia said. “These football boys are going to come. You know, they are going to bring that aggression from the football field. We’re going to get out there and get on the floor for loose balls, play some hard defense and rebound the ball. Hopefully, the shots fall.”