Norman looks to lead Timpanogos on another deep playoff run

November 23, 2018

Timpanogos senior Logan Wilkey (20) and junior Matt Norman (2) react to the 65-52 Timberwolf loss to Corner Canyon in the 5A semifinals at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City on March 2, 2018.

The Timpanogos boys basketball team established itself as the best 5A team in Utah Valley in 2017-18, sweeping through Region 8 and reaching the state semifinals.

But after losing a number of key seniors, the question heading into this winter is whether the Timberwolves can reload.

“We have the same expectations as last season,” Timpanogos senior Matt Norman said. “We lost a lot of starters, but people have worked hard in the offseason to fill the roles of those who left. We have a good start, but there is still a lot to work on.”

The T’Wolves are confident they have enough talent, but they will need their experienced players like Norman to step into leadership roles.

“He has to be more of a vocal leader,” Timpanogos head coach Izzy Ingle said. “He’s always been a lead-by-example guy. We need him to be more vocal. He’s one of the only ones with a lot of experience in varsity games.”

Ingle said Norman has shown his aptitude for the role already in the offseason.

“There are a lot of things I don’t have to teach,” Ingle said. “He holds the guys accountable before I have to. He’s been limited because he’s been sick, so he hasn’t been doing things physically but is telling the guys things to do. He’s made the best of it.”

Norman said he understands he will be needed to do a lot of things this year for the Timberwolves, so he bulked up and added some muscle.

“We have multiple guys who can score,” Norman said. “I’m going to need to play defense and rebound. I’ve got to do a little of everything.”

He said that he feels like his key to being successful this season is to be good game-in and game-out.

“The key to greatness is consistency,” Norman said. “I’ve got to be more consistent on both offense and defense. That’s the biggest thing for me.”

Norman and the rest of the Timberwolves will have everyone in Region 8 gunning for them as the Utah Valley 5A teams compete for playoff spots.

Here’s a look at the six Utah Valley boys basketball teams that will compete in the Class 5A division in 2018-19:

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