2014-15 Season Preview: Northwest High School Lions Boys Basketball

Head Coach Brian Houts says this year’s squad should be “significantly better” than the team which went winless in the Suburban West, thanks to a unit that offers some more flexibility, and starting options that could go seven deep. Here’s the rest of Houts’ outlook for the Lions.

2013-14 Record: 3-23

Projected Starters:  Jacob Santos (Senior/Guard); Austin Brown (Sophomore / Guard); Jon Ruzzo (Junior / Forward); Matt Farmer (Senior / Forward); Brett Campbell (Senior / Forward)

Key Newcomers: Santos is the only returning player who logged significant Varsity minutes last season. In that sense, we have a lot of “key newcomers.” We really have 7 guys who start. Gavinn Barton (Junior / Guard) and Jacob Schamel (Junior / Forward ) give us some real flexibility that we didn’t have last season.

What’s the biggest question mark entering the season? We should be significantly better this season, but the the question is, how will they adjust to the Varsity level? In my opinion, they won’t miss a beat.

Is there a key stretch of your season’s schedule & why? At 3-23 last season, we are obviously climbing a hill. We have to take advantage of our opportunities. There a few games where, honestly, it will take a real herculean effort, and I think we are capable of that, to get a victory. But we have many games that should be competitive. If we can come out of the Seckman Holiday Tournament with 4 or 5 wins (and we have the chance for more), that will certainly boost our confidence.

Our toughest opponent is _______ because...We have a lot of tough opponents. Marquette and Lafayette always gives us fits. And we could face Pacific in a tournament.

Our season will be a success if….We can continue our climb. We didn’t win many games last season, but we competed so much better than we had. This year, we have to find some more victories. And not really find, but take them. No team is going to just leave a “w” laying around for us. We have to take it. If we are taking a real shot at a 10-win season, that will feel good.

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