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Sun Kings' Rookie Playing Close to Home

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakama Sun Kings begin a new year, while a new cast of players embarks on their own NBA dreams.

This Friday, the team begins it's quest for a three-peat by hosting Great Falls.

Coach Paul Woolpert will have to set the roster by Wed. Nov. 14.

"I have some tough decisions to make," said the resigning CBA coach of the year. "It's a good problem to have."

One player he does like is rookie Anthony Washington. After transferring from the University of Washington, the 6-9 250 pound forward finished his college career at Portland State. Washington likes the idea of playing games close to his hometown of Seattle.

"Just the thought of my little brother and sisters back home, they can visit," said Washington. "I can go back to Seattle every now and then. That's real cool. Being local is definitely a plus."

Washington also likes the idea of playing for Woolpert, who has a track record of getting guys to the NBA.

"Coach Woolpert has had a lot of experience in the NBA, and overseas," said Washington. "Hopefully playing here, I can do well and get to that next level."

"To this point he's been my most pleasant surprise," said Woolpert. "He's big , mobile, has great hands, has good moves inside. We've had some rookies that have come in here and done a great job, but I look for him to step in and have a great rookie year."

Moochie Norris and Jason Sasser are two ex-NBAers who plan on being with the Sun Kings this season.