We have hired Mario Ramirez to head our coaching staff but we have helped him surround himself with dedicated assistants who have experience that will help push players to the next level. Bramaral Waters is a hard nose coach who speaks from the perspective of an ex player. We wanted to sit down and introduce our assistants and give them the platform to grow their names and portfolios for future positions. We realize everything is a process and we would not be this far in this journey as an organization without the commitment and assistance of Coach Waters. I sat down with him to ask him a few questions and see where his mind stood with the season approaching rapidly.
1. How have you enjoyed the process so far?
I have really enjoyed the process from the start when coaches and owners met to talk about expectations and how we can grow. The most exciting part is the talent we put together in our inaugural season.
2. Do you see your role expanding into other areas?
Absolutely, we are a new team and organization so there is plenty of growth that needs to be done and that includes taking on any role that I am asked to do. I am willing to do anything in order for this to thrive.
3. What do you think this team can bring to Tucson and the basketball community?
We know the people of Tucson love our sports, we want to bring something to the community that hasn’t been done in recent years. We want to bring a sense of pride to the area. Youth basketball is on the rise and here is our opportunity to put high level basketball right in front of their eyes.
4. Where are you from and tell me a little about your basketball history?
Growing up in the competitive Midwest basketball landscape. I had to learn the game fast in order to build a name. I can remember the first Basket I ever had that my Grandfather bought me to replace the milk crates, bike tires and anything else that we would use to substitute the real thing. I have generated my coaching style directly from the coaching influences I encountered throughout my playing years. Basketball has been a major part of my life as far back as I can remember and the passion I have for the game allows me to teach and coach the game comfortably but with results.
Tucson Buckets ABA will be debuting November 7th vs. the Orange County NovaStars at 8pm at Lead Athletics. This is fun family event that will be the first opportunity to see your own Tucson Buckets ABA play on their home court. We look forward to seeing everyone there!