A look at Marquette Boys Basketball
Coach: Fred Mooney, 13-15 in second year at Marquette and overall.
Last year: 13-15 (Class 2A Hebron Sectional champions, lost to Andrean in North Judson Regional)
Key losses: Buddy Jaffee (11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg), Chandler Goodwin (11.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Tommy Gotsch (3.6 ppg).
Key returnees: Kenney (21.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg), Andershock (10.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg), Russell (5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), Tarnow (1.9 ppg).
Key newcomers: Grott, Staab.
Outlook: With the departure of two double-figure scorers and some overall inexperience, Furman recruit and Indiana Junior All-Star Colin Kenney will have to take on an even greater scoring load. “I’d like to see him get 25 (points per game),” Mooney said. He’ll be complemented inside by Andershock, who Mooney expects to take a big step forward. “We look to get a lot of production out of Joe,” Mooney said. “He’s a lot stronger, faster, quicker. He’s a lot better player. He’s a good shooter. I think between the ears, he believes in himself a lot more now and it’s going to show. He’s got next level basketball in him.” Russell is the Blazers’ other experienced varsity player, but a dislocated knee in the second practice is expected to sideline him for about a month. “At a big school, next man up is easy to say,” Mooney said. “We don’t have those numbers. The next man’s not there.” Tarnow will join Kenney in the backcourt with Grott also assuming a larger role. “Karsen’s another good shooter,” Mooney said. “He attacks the rim and rebounds well. We look to get a lot of mileage out of him.” Staab transferred from Valpo during last season and is ready to roll after not having varsity eligibility until the tournament. “He’s playing very well,” Mooney said. “He’s facilitating the ball, shooting it. He has good primary, secondary moves. We feel Dayn can step right in and fill Buddy’s void.” In the long run, Mooney believes Marquette’s fortunes will be determined by its ability to guard. “I’m concerned about our defense,” he said. “I know we’ll be able to score points. Everybody wants to score the basketball. You’ve got to keep your opponent from scoring more than you do. We’re working on that. We want them to play basketball at both ends of the floor. If we defend how I want us to defend, like we’re capable of, and rebound, we’ll be in real good shape.” The Blazers will continue to play a challenging schedule comprised largely of bigger schools, starting tonight at Gary West Side. “We face eight Division I players, so it’ll be a tough road,” Mooney said. “I feel our goal is to win a sectional. We’d like to win a regional. Anything past that is icing on the cake.”
-- compiled by Jim Peters