Burbank High School Boys Basketball Summer League Preview
It’s a new dawn for the Bulldogs as they prepare for a fresh start under new head Coach Steve Eshleman who will enter his first season as the head coach of the Burbank Bulldogs boys basketball program. The first step on this journey to a rebuild is summer league basketball. To prepare for the upcoming winter season, The Bulldogs are hosting their annual summer league consisting of 12 teams. Included in the lineup are league rival Crescenta Valley, West Ranch, Providence (Burbank), Hart (Valencia), Shalhevet, Milken, Brick City Burroughs (Burbank), and City Section schools Sylmar, North Hollywood, Marshall, and Van Nuys. This edition of the summer league started on Tuesday, June 6th and concluded on Tuesday, June 27th, The players to watch heading into this season are senior guard Omar Paynid, sophomore guard Evan Baker, and Junior Guard Kevin Dehbashian.
Assistant Coach Michael Lance shared his thoughts on summer league and the state of the team, “I’m coming back this season in an assistant coaching role, but summer league is a great opportunity to get practice as coaches and players to figure out our systems.” He went on to say that there are great players coming back and mentioned that senior guard Mike Gutierrez has made great strides heading into his graduating season. Lance was the team’s interim coach last season and was retained on the new staff under head coach Steve Eshleman.
Assistant Coach Ty Eshleman also shared his thoughts on his excitement about being on the staff led by his father, “It’s exciting. When we first moved here five years ago, in passing we were looking for homes, and it was a passing statement. Five years later this job opened up and the rest was history.” He also mentions that Omar Paynid has been great to work with so far since he expects him to be one of the leaders of this young Bulldog’s squad. Along with that, the younger Eshleman mentions that the team goals which have been broken down into 2 steps. Step 1 is seeing what we have while step 2 is building a culture that is about winning.
The rest of the staff is still getting figured out but, this team is looking to build on the positives from last season heading into next season.