``We're not going to sneak up on anybody this year," Martin Bros. head coach Hank Huddleson said. "We had a lot of skilled players at every position that could create shots and I'm not sure if we can do that this year."
While this year's group is different, don't be shocked if they enjoy similar success.
Junior big man Ross Marsden is probably the most well-known of the bunch as the Ames High star has offers from Iowa State and Wisconsin already. Junior point guard Kevin Kanaskie, whose father is a college coach, is a solid mid-major kid fielding interest from St. Louis and wing Tyrone Scott attends Waterloo East and will likely make a stop at a junior college prior to playing for a mid-major program.
Adam Templeton, a 6-5 wing from Rapid City Central, will start at small forward and 6-9 forward Travis Nelson will round out the starting five.
``This will be a very smart team in terms of basketball IQ, but a lot will depend on how quickly they understand their roles," Huddleson said. "That will determine if it'll be a long summer or not."
``I think, because of the success of last year's team, it's going to make us play harder," Marsden added. "I think we have a good shot at doing what we did last year, when we went in as an underdog with nothing to lose."
Nathan Garner and Patrick Fandja will likely be the first two players off the bench, but it's possible that one of the talented underclassmen – sophomore shooter Jason Bohannon, freshman point guard Tyler Sash or 6-10 sophomore Jordan Eglseder – could see extensive playing time.
``We have some depth and we're a little more athletic on the perimeter than we were last year," Huddleson said. "Fandja is a high-major athlete and in our state, we don't have too many kids like him."
Boo Williams tournament in early April will be the first time Martin Bros. gets a chance to see where they stack up nationally – and it's highly unlikely anyone will take them for granted this time around.
Martin Bros. (Waterloo, Iowa)
Coach: Hank Huddleson
Top Prospect: BF-C Ross Marsden (6-10, JR)
Projected Starters: PG Kevin Kanaskie (6-1, JR); WF Adam Templeton (6-5, JR); BF Travis Nelson (6-9, JR); WG Tyrone Scott (5-10, JR)
Others: G Nate Garner (6-4, JR); F Grant Franzen (6-6, JR); F Patrick Fandja (6-6, JR); F Casey Morgan (6-7, JR); PG Jon Heyland (6-0, JR); G Andrew Stimson (6-1, JR); G Dan Bohall (6-3, JR); WG Jason Bohannon (6-2, SOPH); BF Jordan Eglseder (6-10, SOPH); PG Tyler Sash (6-0, FR)
Opening Tourney: Boo Williams (Va.) - April 9-11