Boys’ Basketball Preview

The Winter Sports season has arrived and with it comes the necessity to introduce our teams and their players.  Recently we caught up with Coach Andrew Cherry and asked him to share with us his thoughts on this year’s team.  Below is what he shared.
I am excited to get this year underway.  Our program has gone through some big shifts in the last three years and has grown to the place I wanted to see it by year three.  This year we have a very deep team with 7 returners and some very strong additions from the JV team, an outstanding athlete that transferred from playing soccer to basketball, and a freshmen.
Across the board this might be one of the biggest teams Templeton has had in several years.  In addition, they are athletic and have good speed up and down the court.
While we will miss the fire that last year’s league MVP Jordan Stowers and 1st Team All-League player Will Tedone brought us, we make up for it in better height and what looks like to be a much improved outside shooting team.
We intend to play with intensity and improve on last years defensive statistic that kept our opponents at around 45 points per game in league.
However, we will need to raise our game.  The league has several tough teams this year and it will be very competitive.  As a young team, we need to get our selves both physically and mentally prepared for the night in and night out competition.
This year we are looking for a lot from a lot of players.  We truly have 10+ guys that are all capable of putting up 10+ points on any given night and other young men ready to play the roles needed for our success.
Returning varsity players to watch by grade and then by last name alphabetically:
  • Senior Evan Asplund has the speed and has really improved his outside shot.  With a lethal first step to his left he will be hard to guard and brings incredible defensive speed.
  • Senior Zach Headington I expect to be our defensive stopper.  Zach has the perfect combination of speed, size, strength, and basketball IQ to help us shutdown important players for our opponents.
  • Senior Donovan Love had a great summer and showed some new skills in driving the ball and defensive prowess to add to what we already knew to be a great outside shooting skill set.
  • Junior Seth Cherry has gotten stronger over the off-season and become a better defensive player in the process often adding three to four blocks per outing to his stat line.  This along with be very strong on the inside and having the ability to make the outside shot as well will make him difficult to defend.
  • Junior Merek Hall brings what every team needs.  That player that just likes to compete and brings the same level of energy night in and night out.  A good outside shooter and very versatile player Merek comes of a sophomore season where he started over half the games.  We will again look to Merek to be a key member to this ball club.
  • Junior Nate Mututwa is simply just an amazing athlete.  I think last year we only scratched the surface on what he is capable of.  Look for Nate to be involved in a lot of places and add some excitement in the games with his dunks.
  • Junior Xander Shaw was a 2nd team all-league player last year and had the stats to be considered for 1st team and league MVP.  He is a great all around player and will be a key to our team on both sides of the ball.

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