LITTLE CINCINNATI -- A new era of Eastern Greene High School boys basketball is beginning in 2012-13.
The school's all-time leading scorer -- Levi Carmichael -- is now leading the Thunderbirds.
"Everybody knows how good those seniors were last year," said
Carmichael, who served as an assistant on the EGHS coaching staff last season. "And also coach Andy (Igel) left some very big shoes to fill.
"We only have two proven scorers returning, but I think we will be OK offensively."
Senior guard Logan Frye, who averaged 3.8 points per game as he played in all but one game last year, is the lone returning starter.
"Since the GCI (Greene County Invitational) in January, Logan started at guard," said Carmichael, a member of the EGHS 2001 squad that won the school's first sectional and one regional championship. "He is a phenomenal athlete and a three-sport kid.
"He will handle the ball a lot but we need him to play more of a
scoring role. He can penetrate into the lane and create opportunities for others."
Tyler Brough, a 6-3 senior, leads all returning scorers at just over nine points per game. Brough served as sixth man on last year's 24-2 squad.
"His best two games of the year were against Forest Park and
Providence at the regional," said Carmichael. "Brough could have
started last year and definitely will start this year.
"He has a phenomenal shot, making 48 percent of his 3-pointers. We need him to be our primary scorer, but also take a leadership role."
Kurtis Stille is a senior forward who played limited varsity minutes a year ago, appearing in 21 games and scoring just over two points per outing.
"Kurtis is one of our best athletes," said Carmichael. "He is probably our best overall rebounder.
"We will count on him to guard the other team's best bigs. We also need him to score. He keeps the team loose and has a knack of knowing when to say something to lighten the moment."
Senior Nathan Sparks is one of three players vying for the final two starting positions, according to Carmichael.
"Nathan played all junior varsity last year, but will definitely play in the post on the varsity," Carmichael said of the 5-11 senior. "He is a hard worker who can score both in the post as well as step outside and score."
Sophomore guard Briar Martindale, starting quarterback on the football team, also is vying for one of the first five positions.
"Briar started for us all summer," said Carmichael, who played college basketball at Austin Peay. "He is a wing player who is a good spot up shooter.
"He can hit the open three. He also is physical from playing football.
Last year he played basketball for the first time since fifth grade and was a surprise."
Junior Camden Sego rounds out the EGHS top six today.
"Camden is 5-7 and played point guard on the jv last year," Carmichael said. "He is very quick and will be playing varsity at point guard.
"He will help us whether he starts or comes off the bench."
The final six players that will start the season on the varsity roster
include senior swing man Zak Eckerle, senior forward Jacob Henderson, senior forward Michael Hartman, senior Bradon Crowe and sophomores Cole Chitwood and Cam Creager.
"Those six and should of our younger guys will push for time on the varsity," said Carmichael, who was 3-18 at South Central (Elizabeth) in his only previous varsity stop. "We have 25 players in grades 9-12.
"We have good numbers, but they are senior heavy with eight players
and freshmen heavy with 10. We are low in the junior class with two and have five sophomores in the program."
Carmichael said there are two areas of concern for his Thunderbirds.
"We don't have a lot of size," he said. "So rebounding will be a
priority for us. You have to want the basketball more and be more fundamentally sound on the boards if you are playing against bigger players.
"Also, we have to do a good job of defending. Like in the past, we want to pressure teams with a man defense. But that doesn't mean we won't play zone, depending on the opponent or the situation.
Rebounding and defense will determine how successful we become. We are definitely a work in progress."
Carmichael said their goals are to compete for a conference and sectional championship, but knows that won't be easy."
"Do we have that capability, if everything goes well, yes," he said.
"But we know there will be a lot of good teams both in the conference and sectional.
"This is going to be a lot of trial and error for me as a coach and us a team. We have a brutal month of January, which will show us what kind of team we are and what we will have to work on before tournament time."
The Thunderbirds will open the season Tuesday at home against Owen Valley before facing North Central one week from tonight.
DATE OPPONENT/SITE TIME
Nov. 20 Owen Valley 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 North Central 6 p.m.
Dec. 1 Mitchell 6 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Brown County 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 at North Knox 6 p.m.
Dec. 14 Union 6 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Martinsville 6 p.m.
Dec. 18 Cloverdale 6 p.m.
Dec. 21 Bloomfield 6 p.m.
Jan. 2 Greene County Invitational TBA
Jan. 3 Greene County Invitational TBA
Jan. 4 Greene County Invitational TBA
Jan. 5 Greene County Invitational TBA
Jan. 11 at Clay City 8:00 pm
Jan. 18 at Sullivan 6 p.m.
Jan. 25 Linton-Stockton 6 p.m.
Jan. 26 at Bedford North Lawrence 6 p.m.
Feb. 1 at White River Valley 6 p.m.
Feb. 2 South Knox 6 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Edgewood 6 p.m.
Feb. 15 Shakamak 6 p.m.
Feb. 22 at North Daviess 6 p.m.
Greene County Invitational at WRV
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER
NO. NAME HT. POS. GR.
4 Zak Eckerle 5-11 G 12
10 Logan Frye 5-11 G 12
12 Tyler Brough 6-3 G 12
14 Camden Sego 5-7 G 11
20 Jacob Henderson 6-1 F 12
22 Briar Martindale 6-0 G 10
24 Kurtis Stille 6-0 F 12
30 Nathan Sparks 5-11 F 12
32 Braydon Crowe 6-1 F 12
34 Michael Hartman 5-10 F 12
40 Cam Creager 5-9 G 10
42 Cole Chitwood 5-10 F 10
BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER
NO. NAME POS. GR.
|10 Cam Creager||G||10|
|12 Devon Veatch||G||10|
|20 Alex Brough F||9|
|22 Colden Roberts F||9|
|24 Joe Smith||G||9|
|32 Brent Price G||9|
|34 Trevor Yoho F||9|
|40 Jobe Gilliatt||F||9|
|42 Cole Chitwood||F||10|
|44 Logan Richardson||F||10|
Varsity coach: Levi Carmichael (0-0, first season, 3-18, one season overall).
Assistant coaches: Kevin Terrell, Jon Neill, Justin Gilbert.
Managers: Cassidy Laubsch, Macy Morguson.
Video Coordinator: Tyler Buchtman.
Athletic trainer: Nicki Eberwein.