Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series previewing the area varsity boys basketball teams. Today is Fruitport, which opens its season on Tuesday at home against Ravenna.
1. Who will pick up the scoring now that Steve DeVries (nearly 17 points a game a year ago) has graduated? It’s highly unlikely that any one player will step up and average over 15 points per game for the Trojans. Instead, look for several players to contribute on the offensive end of the court, including forward Mike Reyes, center Amilio Flores, and guards Tyler Fehler and Nico Cerniglia.
2. The Trojans scored just three wins a year ago. Will they top that number in 2010-11? It’s almost a certainty that Fruitport will surpass that three-win total from last year. The Trojans don’t feature an explosive scorer, but they do boast a lineup with much more varsity experience than a year ago. While they might not be fighting for a Lakes Eight Conference title, the Trojans could very well find themselves in the middle of the pack in the league rather than looking up from the bottom of the conference standings.
3. How can a team that has just four seniors on its roster consider itself to have plenty of varsity experience? Senior Mike Reyes is entering his third season on the varsity squad, while classmates Tyler Sparks and Nico Cerniglia earned valuable varsity experience a year ago. Junior Amilio Flores has been on varsity since his freshman season, while juniors Caleb Cutler and Tyler Fehler were also contributors on the varsity level last winter as sophomores. “We’ve got a lot of juniors with varsity experience, which is a nice thing to have,” coach Bill Andree said.