Times Sports Editor
Northview is looking to put the sting of an 8-14 boy's basketball season behind it as coach Clint Weddle takes over the program after previously coaching with the Indiana State women's basketball team.
"Craig will be a leader each day for this group of young men. Craig established himself in that role during the preseason and the young men on the team greatly respect his approach on the floor," Weddle said. "The terms leader or captain, are used too often when describing players. Not all teams have one, in Craig we do."
Northview will also enjoy the benefits of having more size at its disposal compared to recent seasons. Juniors Jim Mace (6'6, 245 lbs.), Daniel Kimball (6'5, 250 lbs.) and Ethan Whitson (6'5, 245 lbs.) give the team some options in the post according to Weddle.
"We have a few players who have played minutes, but their roles have changed tremendously and their production level will need to increase. As the season starts to shape up and each player becomes more comfortable in an offensive and defensive system that is new to them, that production level will increase," Weddle said.
Whitson was on the way to breakout season before injury derailed his progression after just five games. However, over that time, Whitson averaged 10.6 ppg. and 7.6 rpg.
"Having depth inside is a tremendous positive entering the season. To be a successful team we will need to excel both around the basket and on the perimeter. Establishing an inside presence will help provide more opportunity for quality perimeter looks. The two facets need to work hand in hand. We have a number of young men with the ability to shoot. Our biggest key to shooting on the perimeter will be taking quality looks and increasing our ability to hit mid-range jump shots."
Along with Peters, sophomore Joe Ball returns in a starting role after playing in all 22 games last year.
"Joe has put quite a bit of individual time into his game," Weddle said. "We look forward to seeing his role increase throughout the season as he gains more experience on the floor."
Increased minutes will also go to senior Travis Hakman (5'11), Devin Clark (6'0) and transfer Peter Tanoos (5'8) along with sophomore Gabe Rogers (5'10). Junior forward Christian Ellis (6'4) adds a shooter with some size off the bench
"Bench players and the players that are on the court at any given time all play the same vital role to the success of the team. Being part of a team provides each young person an opportunity to compete daily in practice," Weddle said. "Each day the young men have done their best in practice and I've been impressed with the positive attitude and approach we have seen on a daily basis in practice."
Weddle, who played collegiately at Oakland City before coaching stops with the Lady Oaks basketball team along with a one-year stint as an assistant at the University of Indianapolis before joining Indiana State's staff, is focused on seeing daily improvement from the Knights.
"We want to win games this season. This is a competitive group of young people. Within the mindset of winning we have an opportunity to do so each day in practice," Weddle said. "We are working together to simply be better today than we were yesterday and take another step forward tomorrow."
2012 Northview varsity boy's basketball schedule
|Nov. 21||at Vincennes Lincoln||7:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||vs. T.H. North||8 p.m.|
|Dec. 1||at Brown County||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||vs. West Vigo||7:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 14||vs. Edgewood||6 p.m.|
|Dec. 26-29||at Pizza Hut Classic||TBA|
|Jan. 4||at Owen Valley||6 p.m.|
|Jan. 11||vs. T.H. South||8 p.m.|
|Jan. 12||vs. Mooresville||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 15||vs. Bloomington North||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 18||at S.Vermillion||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 19||vs. Evansville North||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 25||vs. Sullivan||6 p.m.|
|Feb. 2||at Plainfield||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 7||vs. South Putnam||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 9||at Monrovia||2:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 12||at Greencastle||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 15||vs. Clay City||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 20||at Linton||7:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 26||at Sectional||TBA|