Also expected to play several varsity minutes this season are juniors Cody Owen, Ben Tucker, and Tanner Orebaugh, along with sophomores Chris Seifert, Jake Marsh, and Ethan Smith.
Over the summer the team focused on offense.
“Mainly screens, motion, and movement,” Flatt said.
Defense became the main focus as the team opened practice this fall.
“I thought we took some steps backward last season and weren’t as strong as we could be,” Flatt said. “I personally think I made some mistakes as a coach at the beginning of the year that set them back. But we were much better at the end of the season.”
The Warriors will focus on more pressure defense, getting the ball to the scorers on offense, and taking better shots.
“I expect us to play a lot faster this season, we have very good team speed,” Flatt said. “But we will see how that’s working after our first game.”
Flatt also emphasized that the scoring must be spread around.
“I’ve always believed that you need to be balanced when it comes to scoring,” he said. “If you can do that, you’re much tougher to defend.”
But it all comes back to the question of leadership and scoring production.
“I have a great group of kids, I have no complaints, and they’re working hard,” Flatt said. “It’s a definite mix of younger guys without experience and transfers with the experienced guys. It’s been a different year with several questions, so I’m hoping to have some of those questions answered soon.”