Cowan coach Mike King doesn’t promise his team will pile up a bunch of wins and titles this season.
But the Blackhawks could. “We have a chance to do something special,” King says.
They have many reasons to be upbeat — and for their opponents to be wary.
* They return 80 percent of their scoring and 75 percent of their rebounding.
* Their core senior trio of Stewart Kerr, Jon Miller and Kyler Burch has talent and leadership abilities that extend on and off the court.
* And the players simply will not be outworked, King says: “Everybody is eager to get things done.”
Kerr is a 5-foot-9 point guard who can drive, pass and shoot. He averaged about 15 points last season. “He sees the floor really well,” King says. “He can drive around people; he can sag off and he can shoot over them.”
Kerr does a lot more. “His experience and ability to get things done will help rub off on the younger players,” King says. “He shows everybody what it takes to be successful.”
So do shooting guard Miller (6-0) and post player Burch (6-1).
“All are multi-sport athletes whose dedication to the school and teammates will rub off,” King says. “All three are honor-roll students. Their leadership will really help.”
Cowan’s other projected starters are 6-1 guard Luke Miller (Jon’s brother) and Calvin Furniss, a 6-1 junior power forward.
Luke Miller played nearly every quarter as a freshman last season and Furniss “is probably our most-improved player in the last year,” King says. “They will really help us a lot.”
Also projected to see a lot of playing time are 5-10 sophomore Christian Orebaugh and 5-10 senior Logan Coffman.
King is hopeful of a better start than Cowan’s 0-5 mark last season on the way to a 6-15 overall record. The Blackhawks opened Tuesday night with a 70-53 loss to Liberty Christian of Anderson, which started the season ranked 10th in Class A.
Cowan opens its home slate Saturday night against Hagerstown, then plays Delta, Northeastern and Blue River in the following two weeks.
“We just want to get the opportunity to win in every game,” King says. “It’s a really tough stretch. By the end of the year, at least four of the teams will be in the top 40 of their class aggregates. The good news for us is we have a good chance to be good, too.”