NEW PALESTINE – The New Palestine boys basketball team is determined not to make Ryan Curry – the lone returning starter from 2013-14 – bear the entirety of the offensive load this winter.
With most of their summer docket complete, the Dragons believe they’ll have plenty of help for Curry when the 2014-15 campaign tips off.
“We took 11 kids to Bethel (College) and we played them all, and we didn’t have any problem playing them all,” NP coach Adam Barton said of a recent shootout in Mishawaka. “I could seriously see our first game, subbing five kids for five kids and just going at it over and over.
“Everybody always talks about playing faster, but I think we’ll be able to do that this year. We won’t have the size that we’ve had the last couple years, so that’s kind of what we did (at Bethel), and the kids liked it. They bought into it.”
The class 4A Dragons’ identity last season centered in large part around popping Curry open off screens courtesy of center Seth Cox (7-foot) and forwards Connor Roach (6-4) and Brandon Jonas (6-3).
Curry, a 6-2 guard, averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game and earned Hancock County Player of the Year honors for a squad that finished 10-11.
Cox and Roach have graduated, however – along with starting point guard Samson Haynes –and Jonas, an incoming senior, has decided not to play basketball.
That leaves a smaller unit that will be asked to get up and down the court in quick fashion.
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