Seymour will look to climb back above .500 behind returning first-team all-conference senior Eric Helms. Helms has led the Tigers in scoring each of the last two years.
“(He is a) great kid, who comes to work every day. (We) expect (him) to have a big year,” Seymour coach Chris Hastings said.
Helms will get a lot of help from Justin Herion, Brian Pearce, Brady Brooke and Trint Sampson returning this year. Herion is the team’s best ball-handler and gets to the rim well. Pearce is one of the better shooters in the Summit Conference according to Hastings. Brooke is the team’s most versatile defender. Sampson is an undersized big with a great motor.
Seniors Truman Hosiner and Ryan Johnson along with junior Carson Sturdefant and sophomore Brock Pearce are some new varsity players that will have an impact.
Seymour will rely on its speed while trying to improve defensive rebounding.
“Our speed will be our biggest strength. (We don’t have) a lot of size but we will try to speed the game up to work in our advantage,” Hastings said. “We will need to improve our defensive rebounding. We are one of the smallest teams in the conference. So being disciplined rebounders will be a must.”
Overall, Seymour will be an experienced group with a lot of upperclassmen, which should work in the Tigers’ favor.
“We have a lot of seniors this year so we are expecting big things,” Hastings said.
Seymour opens the season on Nov. 27 at home against Cabool.