Each of the four local boys’ basketball teams lost key players to graduation or had individuals transfer. However, no other squad was been more depleted than Burbank High.
The Bulldogs lost 11 seniors to graduation after last season and had just two juniors on the roster. Unfortunately, both those juniors have transferred. That leaves Burbank with no returning starters and just one player has limited varsity experience after being brought up from junior varsity last season.
To make matters worse, Jerry DeLaurie took over the Bulldogs program in late August and missed the entire summer with the team.
“I have taken over programs before, but this is the most challenging job I have had in my 17 years of coaching,” said DeLaurie, who had coaching stints with the L.A. Baptist girls' program and the Pasadena Marshall Fundamental boys' and Blair boys' and girls' programs. “We have really no varsity experience on the team. The players are new and they really don’t know what to expect on the varsity level.”