No team in the tournament has more guard experience than Frankfort, which returns four-tear varsity starters Brody Kirby and Isaac Rudd, as well as Chase Timmons, who played his freshman year before missing most of his sophomore year with an injury and then returning to run the point a year ago.
“We definitely have a lot of experience,” said the sharpshooting Kirby, a key to consecutive regional championship appearances.
Rudd joined the Hot Dogs last year after transferring from Clinton Central. He made a team-high 42 3-pointers while shooting better than 43 percent from beyond the arc.
For four years, Dakota Isgrigg was a constant underneath the basket.
Now his 6-foot-7 brother Chase, a senior, will help fill in for the lost size and senior 6-4 post Chris Seibert (1.7 points) will be asked to provide more.
They join versatile four-year starter Christian Smith, who nearly averaged a double-double last season.
“Chase and Chris, they are going to help out tremendously too and I just have to keep boarding like I have,” Smith said.
Frankfort already is plentiful in the guard rotation, but Tom Weeks welcomes a deep bench that includes senior Evan Giebel, a Hot Dogs soccer standout, and junior Luis Medina, a top football player at the school.
Smith’s younger brother, sophomore Jarrod Smith, played in five games last season.
“We can go 10-12 deep and feel real comfortable about it,” Weeks said.
Nine players averaged at least 9 points per game last season, giving Weeks a desired balance on the way to a 21-5 season and a repeat sectional championship.
Two of those five are gone, but Frankfort expects progress from Weeks’ first two seasons in Clinton County with a deep bench and leadership of eight seniors.
“One thing that can be said about these guys is there may not be enough balls to go around, but I’ve been very proud of our unselfishness so far,” Weeks said. “On any given night it could be a different guy (stepping up).That’s what we are hoping for is to make tough matchups and make it difficult to find one guy to shut down.”
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