The Norwood boys will be looking to climb back above the 10-win mark a year after finishing 7-17. Three players graduated from that team including Tyler Pritchard, AJ Barnes and Zach Baker. Pritchard was the top producer out of that group as he averaged eight points per game.
Junior Hunter Gray returns after leading the team in scoring last year. The six-footer averaged 17 points per game.
Six-foot-two sophomore Hesston Gray is back after a strong freshman season where he averaged a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Senior Mason Sawyers gives the Pirates a third strong option. The six-footer pulled down 10 rebounds per game while scoring eight points per contest.
Norwood, which will be a little undersized, will be looking to create offense with defense this year.
“We should be a little quicker which help out defense , which will help create some offense,” head coach Shane Chadwell said. “Size will be a factor, we do have some bigs that will get the opportunity to see if they are ready for the varsity level.”
Seniors Riley Vaughan and Tim Thornton along with junior Seth Bradshaw will be new faces on varsity.
Chadwell will be looking for his team to put together complete games this season.
“We have play four quarters,” Chadwell said. “Last year we could play three good quarters but often failed to play a complete game which led to many of our losses to 10 points or fewer. And shot selection and turnovers , we have to make better decisions, and hopefully we will as upper classmen.”
Norwood opens the season on Nov. 21 at Plato.