Particularly early this season, the Green Wave Boys Basketball team plans to lean on its defense.
“This team has some very good shooters and that coupled with unselfish play can lead to good offensive nights but we have been working hard on the other side of the ball,” Summerville coach David Long said. “Our guys believe that it all must start on defense and we plan to be a very pesky and stingy team on defense.”
Summerville returns four varsity lettermen, but the majority of them haven’t seen much varsity action.
“We are very young and even more inexperienced, however, this group has put a lot of work in since the end of last season and has shown great improvement,” Long said. “I feel good about this group especially considering only one played significant minutes last season.”
Senior point guard Jordan Dunn is a three-time varsity letterman who played a lot last season so Long is depending on him for leadership.
“JO has really stepped up this year along with our other seniors, Nick Freitag, Jaden James and Carson Stevens,” Long said. “I met with them in the fall and explained that without their leadership it would be very difficult to have a good season. They have really taken on that role.”
Freitag, junior Ryan Foor and sophomore Javari Stephens were also on the varsity squad for at least part of last season. Junior Damien Mazyck played a handful of games early on before being sidelined with injuries so he is looking to play a larger role.
Other members of the team are freshmen Matty Foor and Keith Elmore and sophomores Sam Graham, Trevor Pierce and Tyler Free.
“Matty Foor should be a valuable asset on offense with his passing and shooting and as he develops his game on defense could be a very special player,” Long said. “He seems to be accepting my challenge to get better on that side of the ball. We have a host of young players and we are still working on what the core line will look like. The coaching staff thinks the team comradery is much better than in recent years and we are excited to see what we can do this year as well as build for the future.”
Summerville isn’t the only team in its region having to replace multiple starters so Green Wave coaches are looking to compete for one of the region’s three playoff berths.