The Cowan boys basketball team will have to adjust to new circumstances this season.
Specifically, less individual firepower.
The Blackhawks will look to replace a combined 33.6 points per game after Luke Miller decided not to play this season and Stewart Kerr and Jon Miller graduated. Coach Mike King said his team, which is coming off a 5-16 campaign last winter, will have to rely on a more balanced effort with a younger squad.
“We have to have kind of a philosophy shift,” King said. “We don’t have as much individual scoring ability as we’ve had in the past. But when the kids figure a few things out, and as they figure a few things out, they’ll start to realize that we don’t have to have one guy that can score 20.”
King said it’s just as good if three players can score seven, but he’s still in the process of seeing who will step into prominent roles from a large group of younger players.
The group of potential impact players includes Christian Orebaugh (1.3 points per game last season), and forward Calvin Furniss (7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds per game), who King said he expects to be the team’s workhorse inside. Breydn Weston is another possible contributor in the frontcourt as he brings energy and touch around the basket.
“We don’t really have what we had last year, but we do have some other talent,” said Furniss, who was the team’s fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder a season ago.
“We’ve just got to have guys step up and do their parts and keep working harder I guess.”
This team will be making a transition to new faces and a new modus operandi. The coaches don’t think it will happen quickly, and it’s a process that will be ongoing through much of the season. But it could also lead to a more balanced squad as the Blackhawks fall back on their system and look for firepower from a different source.
“I think that we have the ability to do some of the same things that we’ve done in the past, but … I don’t want to have to rely on giving a kid the ball and say, ‘Go get me 20,’ ” King said. “Now we don’t have to, I feel.”