The Lakers’ varsity boys basketball team is coming off one of its most successful seasons in school history. Spring Lake will look to duplicate that success when it opens up at home against Godwin Heights on Tuesday.
Here are three questions the Lakers will have to answer if they hope to put together another stellar season.
1. After losing all-stater Austin Johnson, who is going to pick up the scoring load for the Lakers?
Losing a player of Johnson's caliber would be difficult for any program, but that doesn't mean Spring Lake can't make up his 22 points per game.
Look for the Lakers’ offense to spread around the load this season, although a larger portion will fall on the shoulders of 6-foot-7 center Nick Goeglin. The senior, who is getting looks from several Division 3 schools, played AAU ball with the Grand Rapids Storm and worked hard on his conditioning this offseason.
In his third year as a starter Goeglin should flirt with double digits scoring, while still maintaining the paint as a rebounder and defender.
Goeglin's presence on the blocks will help with perimeter scoring as well, while his rebounding can lead to the Lakers' desired fast breaks, and on offense he should take pressure off the outside shooters.
Spring Lake returns sophomore swingman Keegan George and guard Kyle Zietlow, both of whom could see substantial increases in their scoring averages this year.
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