CROWN POINT

Scouting the 2013-14 Crown Point Bulldogs boys basketball team

2013-11-23T00:00:00Z 2014-08-12T19:57:40Z Scouting the 2013-14 Crown Point Bulldogs boys basketball team nwitimes.com

Last year: 5-16, 2-12 (DAC)

Team breakdown

Coach Clint Swan called last season a "slippery slope." A roster full of extremely young and talented players could never break through. Losing 10 of the last 11 games proved his point. "Last year was very frustrating," Swan said. "To be that close in so many games and to never get over the hump, it became a slippery slope at the end of the year. But our guys are very hungry now." The talent is back. Bret Barclay is big, strong and skilled, and being recruited by Illinois State and Yale. Nick Jeffirs is strong around the hoop and on a lot of college radars. Noah Burkholder is also big and the only reason he isn't being recruited is his pitching arm, which will go to Louisville. Sophomore Blake Bonin will have some pressure on him taking over the point guard position. C.P. has struggled at that spot since Spike Albrecht graduated. "At the end of the year we want to be thrilled with where we're at," Swan said. "We want to be in the hunt for the conference and sectional championships. Last year was very different." — Steve Hanlon

Last season finish

Lost in Class 4A Michigan City Sectional opener to Michigan City.

Leading returning scorer

Nick Jeffirs, 11.7 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Bret Barclay, 6.6 rpg.

Star power

Bret Barclay, Sr., F/C: Barclay had moments of brilliance last season, but didn't play a complete game often enough. His athleticism and skill set is such this must change. "We can't afford for him to have sub-par games," Swan said. Had a great summer and is one of C.P.'s most versatile players.

Newcomer to watch

Josh Berquist, Jr., G: He played a lot as a sophomore and likely gained much from last season. Swan said he sort of accepted a secondary role, which can't happen any more. Very skilled with ball, Berquist can shoot or drive with equal precision. "We need him to come out of the shell," Swan said.

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