“We will be relying primarily on a junior and sophomore-laden group of kids to carry us this season,” second-year Forsyth head coach Jeremy Peterson said. “A solid foundation exists in these underclassmen as they have all had valuable experience at the varsity level since their freshman year.”
The four returning juniors are a trio of guards in Grant Walker, Garret Holmes and Quinten Davidson along with forward Logan Horner. These four juniors averaged a combined 17 points per game last year.
Brandon Jahn, a 5-foot-10 sophomore, was an All-Conference selection from the guard position last year as a freshman. He averaged 15 points per game and will be the biggest offensive threat for the Panthers.
Seniors Tyler Stuck and Seth Nilges took with them 25 points per game at graduation last May.
Freshman guard Jett Schanda will also factor in this season to a guard-heavy team.
“We are extremely guard-orientated with no true post presence. I anticipate us being seven to eight players deep which definitely should be to our advantage in the way we like to play,” Peterson said. “We will need balanced scoring from four to five guys offensively especially in transition off an anticipated stingy, aggressive and pressured effort defensively.”
Peterson hopes to see his offense continue to develop and be able to create on its own.
“I think as the season progresses we have the type of shooters and penetrators to become pretty explosive offensively on given nights, unlike the last couple of seasons where our offense has heavily relied on our defensive pressure,” Peterson said.
Peterson expects to see growth in the Panther basketball program with all the youth Forsyth has run onto the court in these last few years.
“This bunch of kids and our program in the next couple of years should start to reap some of the reward and benefits of sowing a lot of hard work, effort, intensity, trust in one another and attention to detail in their personal as well as team development endeavors related to the game,” Peterson said.
While developing new skills and improving is important, the Panthers will still rely on their traditional philosophies.
“As always in our program a couple big keys for us will be our defensive intensity and effort on a consistent basis and our value of possessions with the ball on the offensive end,” Peterson said.
Forsyth will open the season with its home tournament in the last week of November.