MICHIGAN CITY

Scouting the 2013-14 Michigan City Wolves boys basketball team

2013-11-23T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013-14 Michigan City Wolves boys basketball team nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 10-12, 6-8 (DAC)

Team breakdown

John Boyd’s Wolves will be a mix of youth and experience this season. Michigan City is expected to start two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman. “We think we’ve got a really good group of kids and a team that’s set to go deep in the tournament,” Michigan City assistant Andrew Eubank said. Senior forward Keenan Simmons, who just signed a letter of intent to play at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, leads the group of returners. He averaged 10.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game as a junior. Eubank said one of the strengths of the Wolves will be chemistry. “A lot of these guys have played a lot of basketball together,” he said. “Our sophomores and juniors have significant varsity experience.” Michigan City has the versatility to do a variety of things on offense and defense. “We’ve got a team that can spread the floor,” Eubank said. “We’ve got athletes. We can mix our defenses. We can play up tempo, and if we need to slow it down, we have the ball handlers to do that.” The Wolves have five seniors on the roster. In addition to Simmons, Mike Smallwood, Javarrie Oliver, Lucas Daurer and Donnie Wilson form a strong senior class for the Wolves. — Andrew Stem

Last season finish

Lost in Class 4A Michigan City Sectional semifinal to Merrillville.

Leading returning scorer

Keenan Simmons, 10.0 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Keenan Simmons, 10.0 rpg.

Star power

Keenan Simmons, Sr., F: Simmons averaged a double-double last season and also contributed 4.0 blocks per game. The Michigan City offense will run through him.

Newcomer to watch

ShanQuan Hemphill, So., F: Hemphill appeared in 15 games as a freshman, and he experienced a 3-inch growth spurt over the offseason. He’s primed to have a big year.

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