“We expect a lot out of him as far as leadership, as far as being able to score the basketball for us,” said Nobbe of Lecher.
Nobbe touted sophomore Luke Badgley’s versatility, which he showed while playing significant varsity minutes as a freshman.
“We feel comfortable playing him one through five, and that’s hard to come by,” said Nobbe. “That’s a tribute to him and his work ethic and his ability to adjust and play different spots on the floor.”
Sophomore Andrew Hocker, who played significant varsity minutes at guard the second half of the season, is one of North’s better on-the-ball defenders.
“He’s a heady player,” said Nobbe. “He understands the game. We expect a lot out of him as well on both ends of the floor.”
Sophomores Donovan Meyer (guard/forward) and Evan Wallpe played the majority of time on JV, but contributed in the three sectional games.
“That was great to see that that moment wasn’t too big for them,” said Nobbe. “They handled that great. All the kids have handled that jump up to the varsity level all summer, and have really competed hard this preseason, and this early part of practice.”
Nobbe said 6-foot-4 Evan Wallpe will be counted on to give the Chargers size and anchor the team inside. After missing six weeks with a hamstring pull in football, Wallpe hopes to return to 100 percent soon.
Coaches have been pleased with Meyer’s grit and toughness.
“His ability to get to the rim and defend, whether it’s at the guard position or someone who plays on the block, is going to be significant for us as well,” said Nobbe.
Sophomore Arek Holloway will transition from a JV player to contributing more on varsity this season.