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Scouting the 2015-16 Marquette Catholic boys basketball team
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MARQUETTE CATHOLIC

Scouting the 2015-16 Marquette Catholic boys basketball team

Marquette Catholic's Ty'Shaun Smallwood (PREVIEW)

Marquette Catholic's Ty'Shaun Smallwood is a senior leader for the Blazers.

Star power

Ty'Shaun Smallwood, Sr., F: Smallwood is the leader in both scoring and rebounding, but the majority of this group has played together since grade school. Garrlets considers the varsity a cohesive unit with limited star power.

Newcomer to watch

Colin Kenney, Fr., G; Jon Andershock, Sr., F: Garletts called Kenney the most skilled freshman he's seen in a long time and affectionately referred to Andershock as a great "garbage"-type player, bringing energy, hustle and rebounding.

Team breakdown

Ryan Fazekas is at Providence and the Blazers have moved up to Class 2A after falling just short in last year's Class A title game. There's a lot unknown at Marquette Catholic. "I'm not going to make any predictions," coach Donovan Garletts said with a laugh. "You absolutely never know." However, the team returns seven seniors and a lot of experience. The players put in the work in the gym to be able to play in the kind of system Garletts envisions for them. "We're going to be a very high-tempo team," Garletts said. "We'll be very defensive minded. These guys are skilled, they're athletic, they're strong. Everybody has put on weight over the summer." — Michael Raines

Schedule

Dec. 5at South Bend St. Joseph6 p.m.
Dec. 11River Forest*7 p.m.
Dec. 18at Hanover Central*7 p.m.
Dec. 19McNamara (Ill.)7 p.m.
Dec. 26-30Rich South (Ill.) TournamentTBA
Jan. 2at Chicago Rice (Ill.)3:30 p.m.
Jan. 8Bishop Noll*7 p.m.
Jan. 9at Andrean7 p.m.
Jan. 12Washington Twp.7 p.m.
Jan. 15North Newton*7 p.m.
Jan. 16Berrien Springs (Mich.)1:30 p.m.
Jan. 22at Wheeler*7 p.m.
Jan. 23at Fort Wayne Luers2:30 p.m.
Jan. 29at Lake Station*7 p.m.
Jan. 30at Winamac3:30 p.m.
Feb. 5Lighthouse7 p.m.
Feb. 6at 21st Century3 p.m.
Feb. 12LaLumiere7 p.m.
Feb. 13at Whiting*7 p.m.
Feb. 20Calumet*7 p.m.
Feb. 26at Elkhart Memorial7 p.m.

*GSSC game

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