Richmond is ready for its seventh Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament in boys basketball.
For some Red Devils, though, this will be their first time playing in the 16-team, three-day event at Tiernan Center and the campus of Earlham College.
One of those Red Devils is Zach Lett, the 6-foot-9 senior center who transferred from Seton Catholic.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” Lett said recently of the Wettig. “My teammates are great, and they are just really easy to get along with. The team chemistry is coming along really well and I just feel like I’m becoming more a part of the team every day.”
Richmond’s team chemistry has resulted in a 5-0 start.
The Red Devils bring that unbeaten record into tonight’s opening round of the Wettig at Tiernan Center. They’ll face Rock Creek Academy at 7:30 p.m. in the seventh of eight games played that day at Richmond High School.
Rock Creek is 3-3. The Class A school is coming off a 71-63 victory on Dec. 21 over Class 3A North Harrison.
This is Rock Creek’s second straight year in the Wettig. The Lions were 1-3 in last year’s tournament.
“(Rock Creek) is a team that’s played well early in the season,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “It’s a team that will definitely give us a good challenge to start.”
The RHS-Rock Creek Academy winner advances to an 8:30 p.m. quarterfinal on Friday against the Portage-Floyd Central winner.
Portage is 4-3 and Floyd Central is 0-4. This is the third Wettig tournament for Portage and the fifth for Floyd Central.
Portage was the consolation champion in the 2012 tournament.
“The field again is fantastic,” Luce said.
Richmond won three straight road games to end the 2013 portion of the Red Devils’ 2013-14 schedule.
The Red Devils also played three quarters at Upper Arlington in Columbus, Ohio, but that game was postponed because of condensation on the gym floor. Richmond’s last result was a 74-51 victory at Huntington North that put the Red Devils at 1-0 in the North Central Conference.
Mike Tillman averages 16 points per game for RHS, with Joel Okafor adding 9.8, Kendal Baker and Davious Webster seven each and Isaiah Rader and Abdul Shabazz both six.
Lett leads the Red Devil rebounding effort with five per game, followed by 4.6 by Tillman and 4.2 from Shabazz.
Richmond finished third for the second straight time during last year’s Wettig.
“It’ll be my first time (in the Wettig), so I’m pretty excited about it,” Lett said.