Amid numerous transitions for the South Decatur boys basketball team, head coach Jordan Stevens cannot be more pleased with the way his coaching staff and the seniors have approached the uncertainty.
Graduating were Cameron Agnew, Byron Balser, Taylor Campos, Jordan Hatton, Josh Miller and Ben Tichenor. The Cougars want to build on a 15-7 record this winter.
Stevens and his coaching staff have high regard for the senior class. Seniors Chris Johannigman, Taylor Kopplin and Andrew Wullenweber saw regular playing time on last year’s varsity.
“Those three guys have fantastic attitudes, and they have natural leadership ability,” said Stevens. “Even though we don’t have a lot of experience returning, our leadership is really getting us in the right direction. Those three are keeping each other accountable and the rest of the team. Those three have stepped up tremendously and are doing a good job of that.”
Myles Lewellyn, Devin Taylor and Kaleb Cunningham round out the senior group. Lewellyn played off the varsity bench last season, while Taylor and Cunningham are first-year basketball players.
Junior guard Nick Schwering and junior G/F Sam Studler started on JV last season. Junior Seth Niese will play guard on the varsity level.
“Even though their numbers are small,” said Stevens of the juniors, “we’re pretty confident in their abilities and what they can bring to the table. Even though we didn’t have a fantastic record, they were the two leaders on that team that had the biggest load out of the guys that we played. Both of them have made tremendous improvements on their own individual game, but they’ve also grown. They’re a little older, and a little bigger and stronger now. Both of them are ready for varsity basketball, and I think they’ll fit well into our system.”