The Chesterton boys
basketball team has some unfinished business.
One year after
posting 21 wins, a disappointing 80-59 loss in the Sectional to
Merrillville, has fueled an off-season that should serve the Trojans well.
“I’m really excited
about this group,” Chesterton coach Marc Urban said. “I really like the kids
and the makeup of the team. We’ve got a chance to be really good.”
The Trojans return
6-foot-4 junior forward Jake Wadding and 6-foot-1 junior guard Tyler Nelson
to the starting lineup.
“We have guys that
have been with us for 2-3 years, so we have some experience,” Urban said.
“Jake and Tyler have played a lot of starter minutes.”
Chesterton also has
the return of senior guards Jack Eaton and Kolton Cardenas, along with
6-foot-9 classmate Nick Mullen.
“Jack, Kolton and
Nick have logged a lot of minutes as well,” Urban said. “I feel like our
older guys have been very vocal in helping some of the new guys. That’s huge
for us. They’ve stopped practice at points and talked about how we do
“That’s really nice
to have. They are leading that way and that’s awesome.”
The Trojans should
also get help from freshman Travis Grayson, sophomores Sean Elliott and
Tyler Vanderwoude, juniors Alex Schmidt and Jake Warren, along with senior
“Travis is coming
along really well,” Urban said. “Warren, Alex and Sean area all going to
make an impact too.”
Urban’s team should
have a few wrinkles they can throw at the DAC’s top teams like Valparaiso,
Crown Point, Michigan City and Merrillville.
“I think we have
the ability to play several different ways,” Urban said. “Tyler and Jake can
score. We’ve got some height inside and they can move. We have to kind of
get out there and see where we are.”
Trojans will look to move the ball side-to-side with getting a touch in the
paint as well.
play a lot like we did last year. Nick has really played well in the post
and Jake obviously can too. We get better shots when we move the ball
through the post, inside-out,” Urban said. “We don’t have a guy that can
just clear out the side and he’ll get you 30. We have to play within the
offense, but the ball has to touch the paint and then make the right read.
“The ball has to
move for us and when it’s your turn to shoot it, you’ve got to knock it in.”
On defense, the
Trojans will be primarily a man-to-man team, with the occasional zone and
are so good that you can just press for 32 minutes, but we have the
personnel to do whatever we need to do,” Urban said. “I think we can be
really good on the defensive end. We have a lot of interchangeable guys if
we want to make switches. We’re getting better.”
The key to the
season may come on the backboards.
“We have to be good
on the backboards,” Urban said. “We have to be able to rebound the
basketball and then get out in transition and take good shots, I think we’ll
be a tough team to beat.”
The Trojans open
the season tonight when they host Class 1A No. 6 Gary 21st Century. The JV
game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip.