HER­ITAGE GEN­ER­ALS

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else with any sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing back. For the most part it’s go­ing to be a bunch of guys that played on the ju­nior var­sity team last year who will have to step up and con­trib­ute.”

Be­cause of the lack of game ex­pe­ri­ence, Terry said fans can ex­pect to see a lot more play­ers’ names in the stat sheet on a nightly ba­sis this time around.

“We only played about six to seven play­ers most of the games last year, but this year we’ll prob­a­bly go 10 to 12 deep,” he con­tin­ued. “We’ll see how it goes, but we’re start­ing the sea­son with more ques­tions than an­swers, although some of that will play it­self out. There will prob­a­bly be a lot of learn­ing for me and our coaches in our first few games. We have to see what these guys can do and who we can count on.”

The lone re­turn­ing starter is se­nior Will Allen. A guard with length and ex­cep­tional ball skills, Allen has out­stand­ing range as a shooter and is the Gen­er­als’ lead­ing re­turn­ing scorer. He was named All-re­gion last year af­ter putting up 11 points, 4.8 re­bounds and 2.6 as­sists a game, while shoot­ing 78 per­cent from the free throw line.

Shoot­ing guard Walker Spruiell and guard Tay­lor Dyer both played some min­utes for the var­sity team last year, while the re­main­ing two se­niors are rel­a­tive new­com­ers to the pro­gram. Clint Petteys did not play last sea­son, but will re­turn to the squad this year to pro­vide depth at the for­ward po­si­tion. Mean­while, Nolan Let­z­gus, a base­ball stand­out who had a break­out sea­son as a re­ceiver on the foot­ball team, is a slasher who can also shoot the ball. How­ever, this will be Let­z­gus’ first ac­tion on the court in sev­eral years.

“Three of those guys (Dyer, Petteys and Let­z­gus) we’re play­ing foot­ball and they got a late start,” Terry said. “Ob­vi­ously, Will will be a go-to player for us and Nolan looks ex­tremely ath­letic with a lot of raw tal­ent, but (all the se­niors) will have to be big for us.”

Terry said the ju­nior and sopho­more classes lack ex­pe­ri­ence, but are not short on tal­ent or po­ten­tial.

Per­haps Her­itage’s truest post player is ju­nior Kobe Mcal­lis­ter, an of­fen­sive line prospect in foot­ball. Mcal­lis­ter stands close to 6-foot-7 with a big body that should give the Gen­er­als a ma­jor present in the paint. Guard Cade Collins also saw some sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion year ago, while the rest of the ju­niors in­clude guards Brady Hawkins, Ethan Lovell and Cam­den Green. Hawkins and Lovell are solid shoot­ers, while Green will see time at point guard in a back-up role.

The ros­ter will be rounded out by four sopho­mores. Cooper Terry and Caden Sny­der are vy­ing for time at shoot­ing guard, guard Cade Kiniry is a slasher that can take the ball to the rim, while post player Nick Han­son will give the Gen­er­als more size in­side off the bench.

Jeff Green and Chris Hight will once again be back to as­sist Terry on the bench, while broth­ers and Her­itage su­per fans Lan­don and Lo­gan Pick­ett will serve as the team’s man­agers.

“I think the strength of this team is go­ing to be our shoot­ing,” Terry said. “The last cou­ple of years we’ve only had one or two shoot­ers on the floor and re­lied more on our de­fense. This time, we may have as many as five shoot­ers on the floor and we haven’t had that here in 11 years of our ex­is­tence.

“I think we’re go­ing to be able to spread some teams out and put the ball in the hole a lit­tle bit, at least that’s what I’m hop­ing any­way. Of­fen­sively, we should be more skilled than we have been. We have a lot of ath­leti­cism, but we have to work on our de­fense.”

And with so many new faces to be counted on, it’s not a sur­prise that Terry cites chem­istry as the key to the sea­son.

“We got a lot of guys right there close to­gether, so I think the key is just find­ing some chem­istry and find­ing some groups that work well to­gether,” he added. “We have to find a style that works for us and we as coaches have to be able to man­age all that per­son­nel. I think a lot of that will play it­self out, but we have a lot of ques­tion marks right now.”

/ Danielle Pick­ett

Her­itage’s Will Allen crashes into Gordon Lee’s Wiley Hem­ing dur­ing a game at Her­itage ear­lier this sea­son. Whit­sett on his way to the bas­ket dur­ing the sea­son-opener in Boyn­ton on Nov. 15. Her­itage’s Nolan Let­z­gus drives past Gordon Lee’s Ti­mothy

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