Woods, who has been Monett’s leading scorer since his freshman year, averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game on his way to a First-Team All-Conference selection.
Monett’s offensive strategy will key around getting Woods his chances.
“We will have to be creative in finding ways to get our scorers a chance to score,” Monett head basketball coach Ty Goetz said. “Most teams will be keying on Kyle Woods, as he has been our leading scorer since his freshmen year. So, we'll have to do a good job of getting him in spots that will make him as successful as possible.”
Some of the returning players that will help take that pressure off are seniors Aaron Patton and Caleb Blue.
Junior Sean Rosebaugh will be a factor at guard for the Cubs. Monett also has a strong sophomore class featuring Zach Hammond, Quincy Jackson, Isaac Long, Chad Swanson and Elijah George.
Goetz understands that there might be some growing pains with the slew of sophomores the Cubs will be running out on the court.
“We will be inexperienced in some spots, especially at guard, at the Varsity level,” Goetz said. “We will be looking to improve every day and gain the experience we need to where we want to be at the end of the season.”
The big men down low will have to shoulder much of the load on both ends of the floor.
“We have a long front line with our three seniors, so we will try to find ways to use that to our advantage,” Goetz said. “Defensively, we'll need to use our size to help us gain the advantage.”
Monett opens the season on Nov. 20 at Nevada.