Greenbrier East head coach Bimbo Coles is not new to coaching great players.
He was assistant to the Miami Heat staff when they won the NBA title in 2006.
At the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center on Sunday, he will coach another group of talented players as he joins George Washington head coach Rick Greene to lead AAAA C class stars Adam Toney Tires / Jan Care in the Scott Brown / Little General Classic.
“One thing I see is a bunch of guys with a really high basketball IQ who love to compete,” said Coles. “You’ve got big guys, shooters, guards, athletics. It’s just a group that’s going to be fun to train. You look around the roster and there are no holes. a really strong group of players. “
Of course, among the group of players Coles can coach, there are two he knows: his son Bailee Coles and another senior from the East to William Gabbert.
Coles has coached Bailee throughout his life and had the opportunity to coach Gabbert last year following his transfer from George Washington. This will likely be the last opportunity for Coles to coach either player, as both are seniors. This is something he looks forward to.
“It’s just an honor to be able to coach kids,” said Coles. “It’s a privilege and being able to coach your son has been great. Then having a player like William in the family is great too. He only played his last year here. but his father Trent was my brother’s best friend growing up. So I’m very close to William and his family. He is a lot like my own family. So being able to train Trent’s child and to watch with Bailee compete is a blessing. Glad to have this opportunity. “
Of course, one of the perks of working is coaching players you’ve trained against for the past four years. It is not lost on Coles.
Looking from the top to the bottom of the list, several names stand out, such as Mason Pinkett and Alex Yoakum’s duo GW, but one kid he has seen more than any other has him turned on.
“Maybe Ben (Gilliam),” Coles said. “Being a child of Beckley, we’ve played against him a lot over the past four years and I’ve been able to watch him grow as a player. We’ve been competing against him since middle school. We’ve seen him leave high school. .a hot head to a kid who plays totally under control and we have respect for that and his game. I have to talk to him this season after one of our games and he was very respectful. It’s kinda fun. , we had a lot of guards but not really big ones like him. It’s going to be fun having a kid like that and the caliber of players that we have around him. We’re really stacked up everywhere. “
Usually in All-Star games there isn’t a lot of competition, as teams often get showy at the expense of their defense. Coles, a fiery contender, doesn’t think it will. He knows his team is full of competitors who not only hate losing, but don’t want to be knocked down by smaller schools.
“I only know of one way,” Coles said when asked about his style. “When it comes to playing basketball there is only one way to play and that is to play to win. I know the kids we have on the team and they are all pretty. competitive. If they don’t wanna win they’re not my type. Plus when you’re a AAAA class school they’ll shoot you. They wanna take down the big dogs and all of our kids are from big schools I have already played all-star games, but I play them like regular games because I want to win and that does not change as a coach.
“I know these GW players and they’re still up to par after winning the championship last week. They don’t want to lose and they’re competitive so I think we’ll be going full speed when we take the court.”
A 3-point shootout and slam dunk competition will start the day at 2 p.m. The match will follow at approximately 2:45 p.m. as the AAAA Class Stars take on the A / AA / AAA Class Stars from the automotive industry. .
Tickets for the game will cost $ 8 and will be sold at the door. Approximately 1,500 places will be available.
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