Whether its during Eastern Missouri Conference competition or a summer jamboree, North Callaway varsity boys basketball coach Matthias Miller is known for employ a fast-moving style of play.
While that means every player on his roster has to adjust their skill set accordingly, the individuals that effects the most are forwards Tanner Pezold and Clark Zerr and guards Coy Danison and Devan Davis. That's because these four are seniors, meaning they need to get on-board withn the rest of the program if they want their final season on the hardwood to be one that's worth watching.
"Our team looks to be athletic and play a fast pace of basketball," said Miller. "We want to use or speed and get up and down the floor on both ends. We have multiple scoring options and multiple guys that can handle the ball. We should have depth, as well, and be able to go eight to 10 players deep most nights. Finding and filling roles for everyone will be an early-season challenge."
Continuity within this program couldn't be greater based on the fact it graduated none and almost returned everyone. This includes junior guards Khobi Kellerman, Dawson Wright and forward Mark Hollenberg and sophomore guards Gabe Cash and Tully Thomsen.
"We are not a super big team, so we will have to emphasize team rebounding. Our half-court defense has to improve, as well," Miller said. "We were very young and inexperienced last season and it showed, at times. But we got better as the year went on. This year we are a year older and hopefully a year wiser and better."
Even though this team did lose center Xavier Sykes to transfer from last seasons 16-11 overall, 6-4 EMO, effort, it also took on a little bit of new talent, such as Andrew Locastro, who actually did play several varsity games a season ago. Sophomore forward Bradley Berry is also new to this squad and ready to contribute, but as long as the football team is still alive in the playoffs, he can't put his full focus on this squad just yet.