First year head coach and former Missouri State guard Treyvor Fisher brings back a wealth of talent and experience from last year’s 21-6 edition.
“We feel like we can be a successful team this year if we play together and play hard. We have a strong nucleus of returners back with the additions of key newcomers. We feel like we can compete on most nights we play and have a chance to have a very successful season,” said Fisher.
Republic will have to replace all-state guard and SBU signee Nick Yocum, as well as all-conference guard Payton Looney.
Returning for the Tigers are senior forwards Marcus Miller and Grant Hancock. Both Miller and Hancock bring size, 6’7” and 6’5” respectively, and skill to the table for Republic.
“Marcus is a big body post player who has a nice touch around the basket, as well as the ability to knock down perimeter shots. Grant is a great rebounder and does the dirty things that help a team win ball games,” said Fisher.
Senior Jake Fletcher will assume the role of point guard.
“Jake has lots of experience at the varsity level and has the ability to be the leader of this team as a point guard,” said Fisher.
Also looking to make an impact for the Tigers are juniors Cody Geiger and Canyon Smith. The 6’4” Geiger’s versatility will be huge for Republic, whereas Smith, a guard, is more of an outside shooter.
Fellow juniors Dylan Bekemeier, Dakota Fortner and Chase Hoffmann will round out the rotation. While all three players are short in stature, all possess the ability to shoot the basketball.
Republic’s season will hinge on its ability to play defense and be physical.
“We must be a very tough, physical team to get the most out of our abilities. We have skilled players on the offensive end and we have the ability to play different combinations (big and small). Defense will always be our key staple in our program,” said Fisher.
The Tiger’s schedule will do them no favors this year. Republic will play Shiloh Christian (Ark.) and Elgin Larkin (Ill.) in the Route 66 Shootout, as well as the Class 5 runner-up Nixa.