With no player taller than 6-foot-2, size is not a strength for the Greenwood boys basketball team.
As a result, 24th-year coach coach Bruce Hensley realizes the Woodmen will have to rely on depth and rebounding as they try to improve on last season’s 4-17 record.
“We’re definitely lacking in height, so we’ll compensate as best we can,” Hensley said. “Really, our biggest concern is how we will defend.
“With a lack of size, we’re going to have to rebound on the defensive end.”
Junior Jaren Hornbeak returns as Greenwood’s leading scorer. The 5-10 point guard averaged eight points, two rebounds and two assists one year ago.
He’ll be joined by 6-0 senior forward LaRon Patterson and 6-2 senior forward/guard Raddell Waddy.
“Jaren has the ability to create his own shot. He’ll have to carry a lot of the load,” Hensley said. “LaRon is an offensive rebounder with athleticism and quickness, and he’s also our best defender. He gives us a lot of stability on defense.
“Raddell can score in the open court, but he also has the ability to get to the rim. We need him to pick up his game on the defensive end, too.”
Other returnees with varsity experience include 5-11 senior guard Chandler Mitchell and 6-0 senior forward Andrew Rawlins.
Mitchell averaged five points and one rebound per contest as a junior, and Rawlins averaged one point and one rebound.
“Because of our varsity experience, I think we’re going to be able to play a few more guys this year, so I hope depth will be a positive for us,” Hensley said. “Of course, how much they play depends on what they show in practice. I also think offensive rebounding will be a plus for us.
“I’ve seen some really good things from our post players. We have some guys who will really go after it.”
Two of those post players are 6-1 junior center/forward Nate Jones and 6-2 junior center Shane Roberts.
Additional depth at the forward position could come from 6-0 juniors Brandon Petty and Garrett Rauch and 6-1 sophomore Spencer Isenthal.
“Petty can shoot and has the ability to score around the basket,” Hensley said. “Spencer is pretty athletic. If he can get acclimated to varsity ball, he could really help us.”
Other guards who are expected to compete for playing time are 5-9 junior Alex Ault, 5-8 sophomore Alex Rapp and 5-10 junior Zach Zaiser.
“Last year, we struggled to find our niche, but we should be better at understanding our roles this season,” Hensley said. “It basically boils down to the same thing every year. The question is, how much are we willing to sacrifice for the team?
“When there’s adversity, we have to learn to fight through it.”