Three questions: Grand Haven boys basketball

The Grand Haven basketball team opens its season tonight at Holland Christian. Here are three questions the Buccaneers will look to answer as they begin their season.
Nich Wolak
Dec 10, 2013

1. What are the strengths of this squad?

With little experience returning, Grand Haven is going to have to rely on its depth and versatility. Heading into the season coach Steve Hewitt said his team’s rotation could go as high as 11 deep.

The Bucs have 14 players on their roster, 10 of whom stand between 6 feet and 6-feet, 3-inches tall. A majority of those players can slide out to the perimeter as well, leading to more positionless basketball on both ends of the court — a popular practice in today’s college and NBA game.

2. The Bucs are especially young at point guard; how will they handle the pressure?

Grand Haven faces a variety of teams on its schedule that utilize aggressive defensive schemes, including Muskegon, East Kentwood and Rockford.

David Zuidema, Chad Mattson and 6-3 Noah Lein are expected to be in the mix at point guard. All three were on the varsity team last year, but none of them saw significant playing time.

Schaefer Thelen also handled the ball quite a bit at the Meet the Bucs night.

The Grand Haven program takes a lot pride in taking care of the basketball, and some of that tradition is sure to rub off on the guards. The group does not need to be spectacular, it just needs to get the team into its offense and avoid turnovers.

It should help that Grand Haven’s two most experienced players — Isaak Newhouse and Connor Grimes — will start at shooting guard and small forward.

Newhouse also handled the ball quite a bit at the Meet the Bucs night. Having multiple players on the perimeter who can bring the ball up will help take pressure off any one individual.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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