2018-19 Winter Preview: Seneca Boys Basketball

Will King starts his 15th year as the head coach of Seneca coming off a 15-12 record last season. Three starters and five total lettermen were lost to graduation.

Senior Gavin Clouse and junior Preston Armstrong are the two returning full time starter. Clouse will be the leader of the team after averaging 7.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game as a junior. Armstrong is the leading returning scorer after putting up 8.2 points per game last winter. He also dished out 4.9 assists per game.

“Gavin is our captain and will provide great leadership. He is always in the right spot, can guard, can shoot, and gives us energy on both ends of the floor,” King said. “Preston, our point guard, has great handles and vision and makes everyone around him better.”

Payden Armstrong (senior) and Isaiah Grotjohn (junior) return as well. Armstrong was a letterman last year while Grotjohn saw spot starts.

“Payden is quick, can guard, can get to the rim, and can shoot it,” King said. “Isaiah is a scorer that can do it in multiple ways. He also is a smart player who we can rely on in different situations.”

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A strong group of juniors will step up to the varsity level this year that includes Layne Henning, Levi Ketchum, Jordan Lowry, Jakob Sampson and Brennen Yust. Senior David Reed will also be a new varsity contributor.

“As always, I am excited for the upcoming season. We had a good off season and have a good mix of players that can contribute in different ways to help us be competitive all year,” King said. “Our program is built on hard work and good attitudes. If we can do those 2 things then I believe we will be successful this season and in life.”

Seneca opens play at the Carthage Tournament from Nov. 26 through Dec. 1.