For starters, the former Topeka West coach returns senior guards Dalton Fisher and Travis Pennewell. Pennewell was the second leading scorer on last year’s team with 12 points per game, while Fisher paced the team in assists (105) and steals (51). Both players received All-SWCL honors.
“Having two seniors that are as talented as Dalton and Travis is a huge benefit for a first year coach. They have had a lot of success over the past couple of years with Dalton having played varsity since his freshman year and Travis since his sophomore year. They have done a great job of buying in to what we want to do and are being leaders every day on the practice court,” said Brosius.
In addition to returning experienced guards, Brosius also inherits some help in the paint.
The Blue Jays return senior forward Matt Hamilton (7 ppg, 4 rpg), 6’3” junior forward Colton Pemberton, last year’s leading rebounder with 4.5 per game, and classmate Jared Albright, who is also 6’3”. Sophomore guard Ryan Farmer, who shot 34% from 3-point range, will again be counted on to knock down shots.
Newcomers include seniors Alex Petrochilos and Chase Thomas, juniors Braydn Daniel and Bo Beard, and freshman Dawson Little.
Brosius, who formerly was at the helm in Humansville and Buffalo, knows that year one will require some adjustments.
“Any time there is a new coach there is somewhat of a transition period but the boys have been working extremely hard in the summer and pre-season to get prepared. We will challenge ourselves to be the hardest working team in the state and I feel like our hard work, discipline, and team chemistry will lead to a lot of success,” said Brosius.
In addition to working hard, the Blue Jays hope to turn pressure defense into easy offense.
“We hope to be known as a hard working team on the defensive end that creates a lot of turnovers and easy scoring opportunities. We want to get out and run and open up some easy scoring opportunities to us because of the kind of shape that we are in. We will pride ourselves on taking care of the ball and being well disciplined,” said Brosius.
Clever’s schedule will help prepare them for potential conference and district championship runs. The regular season slate includes the defending state champions Scott County Central (Class 1) and Billings (Class 2).
“We want to be the state champions, so getting an opportunity to play 2 teams that have that on their resume just this past year will be a great test for us to see where we are at and to see some programs that have been there and achieved what we want to achieve,” said Brosius.
The Blue Jays open up the 2012-13 season on Nov. 20 at Verona.