Southfield A&T senior Terrell Humes-Kinzer dribbles the ball down the court at a recent practice. Humes-Kinzer is one of two captains for the Warriors.

Southfield A&T senior Terrell Humes-Kinzer dribbles the ball down the court at a recent practice. Humes-Kinzer is one of two captains for the Warriors.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield A&T boys basketball working on building new culture

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published December 12, 2018

 Southfield A&T coach Darryle Buchanan gives his team instruction during a recent practice. Buchanan is in his first year as the Warriors coach. At press time, A&T was 2-0 overall.

Southfield A&T coach Darryle Buchanan gives his team instruction during a recent practice. Buchanan is in his first year as the Warriors coach. At press time, A&T was 2-0 overall.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — For new Southfield A&T boys basketball coach Darryle Buchanan, it’s all about building a new culture.

Buchanan was a player and a coach at Detroit St. Martin de Porres and was able to learn from legendary coach Ed Rachal. Rachal won four state championships with the program.

St. Martin de Porres closed in 2005, but Buchanan still uses the things he learned from his time there to teach players today.

“Win or lose, it’s always a learning opportunity, and that’s how I’ve always approached my coaching. Regardless of the outcome, we always have an opportunity to grow. That’s why I never want my team to get too high or get too low after a win or a loss, because we’re going to sit down and we’re going to talk about exactly what did we do right and what did we do wrong. That’s something that Coach Rachal instilled in me as a player and a coach, that every opportunity is a learning opportunity,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan took over as the Warriors coach Nov. 14, and he immediately saw leadership qualities in two players, who he eventually named captains: Cameron McEvans and Terrell Humes-Kinzer.

Both are seniors who understand the message that Buchanan is trying convey, and both are players the rest of the team goes to. He is able to communicate with the team through them, but over the course of the season, Buchanan hopes his entire team will assume leadership roles.

“We have a starting five as far as seniors, and we’re just pretty deep. We just jell together. We bring the young fellas; we try to make them better every day, have them push us; we push them for the future so the school can be good when we leave,” Humes-Kinzer said.

Early in the season, Buchanan and the captains see a new hunger that the team didn’t have last season. The Warriors finished at 2-18 overall and 1-11 in Oakland Activities Association Red Division play last season.

Humes-Kinzer called this season a “revenge tour,” and McEvans said he challenged the team before the season to give everything they have in each game.

At press time, the Warriors were 2-0 overall, with a win over defending Class D state champion Southfield Christian. A&T will compete in the Oakland Activities Association White Division this season.

“I think, as a team, we just want it more. Last year, we kind of came out and were lackadaisical towards playing some teams. This year, our guys are more hungry, and last year we had a whole team full of juniors and now we’re all seniors, so I think that makes a big difference,” McEvans said.

For Buchanan, he believes this team can be something special. He is happy with the way they have bought into the system and come together in such a short period of time.

“I stressed to them, you are going to be the beginning of something new. When you come back here in four years, five years, 10 years, you’ll be able to say, ‘I was part of building this tradition here.’ That’s where the focus is,” Buchanan said. “We’re going to win some; we’re going to lose some. That’s just the nature of competition, but as long as we keep building, that’s the thing that we’re most focused on right now.”

The Warriors’ next game is at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at home against Rochester High.

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