Boys basketball previews: Maxwell Wildcats

MAXWELL, Neb. (KNOP) - The Maxwell boys basketball team lost a big part of their front court when 6'5" big man Dawson Heinzen graduated last year.

However, second year head coach Brent Dinslage is confident in the roster he this year.

"I think we've got some potential, we've got some key pieces, kids that can shoot from the outside. We've got some aggressive players with the ball, our defense has been better. I think if we continue to work at those things that we could surprise some people come the end of the season," Dinslage said.

One player expected to fill the role left by Heinzen is junior forward Seth Simcox. Simcox says he will try to fill the role by grabbing as many rebounds as he can and scoring as much as possible. He also says his goal for every game is going to be a double-double.

Simcox also thinks this team's speed is going to be an asset.

"I think we're fast. I think we can handle the ball well, so I think we can get some good ball movement and really take the ball to the hoop," Simcox said.

Coach Dinslage also believes the team's pace will help them.

"We've kind of bought in to getting up and down the floor a little bit, pushing the pace, working on that a little, pick up the pressure. The boys have been doing a really good job with that so far. We've still got a lot of room to grow in that area, but for the most part I like where we're at," Dinslage said.

Junior guard Tate Gurciullo is confident the team's ability to work together will be one of their strengths.

"I think that plays a huge role in what we can do as a team, if we just work together and have fun with the game," Garciullo said, adding, "We come together when we need to and we just communicate really well together."

Dinslage believes the team is going to be run through senior point guard Drew Hazen, and knows when the pressure is on Hazen can be trusted to be a leader.

The Wildcats open their season on December 1, at Creek Valley.