Fourth year Delaware Christian boys basketball coach Jon Landrum has to replace two members of his three-headed scoring monster from last season.
Senior Isaac Rindfuss (12.6 points per game) is the top returning scorer back for the Eagles, which finished 12-10 last season, including a second-place finish in the Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League at 9-3.
Rindfuss was one of three DCS scorers that averaged over 12 points per game. The other two, Andrew Dunnavant (12.8 points per game) and Adam Standley (12.2 points per game), are gone.
“We knew he was really the only experienced productive guy coming back,” Landrum said. “He’s such a hard worker and so physically gifted.”
Landrum is confident that his squad will be able to replace the scoring output.
After all, DCS runs an offense that relies on ball-movement and a fast pace. So, putting points on the board has never really been a problem. The Eagles averaged over 60 points per game as a team last season.
While the team didn’t struggle scoring, shooting from outside and rebounding were a couple of bugaboos in the past. The Eagles shot 26.5 percent from three-point range and gave up almost 13 offensive rebounds per game last year.
“We still want to spread things out (offensively) because we don’t really have any post (players). Getting the offensive rebounds down to even below 10 per game would really help us,” Landrum said.
“We shoot the ball much better than last year. We can space the floor much better with our shooters. (But) we need to keep our shooting to a manageable rate so that we’re not just chucking it.”
And while Rindfuss might be the most consistent scorer this season, Landrum says there are plenty of options.
Seniors Ike Hedges (guard), Keenen Siebert (guard/forward) and Curtis Bean (junior forward) are top returnees that will be key players.
Guards John Comer (senior) and Jon Walter (junior) should play bigger roles as well.
The Eagles are getting a couple of guys back that didn’t play last year in senior forwards Ryan Manny and Dirk Harris.
“We have a lot of speed, they play really hard (and) they get at it on defense,” Landrum said. “The struggle right now is just getting everybody on the same page and play disciplined amongst the chaos.”
Landrum wanted to bring along freshman Nathan Stewart slowly. He even hoped to start him on the JV squad early on. But, Stewart forced the issue.
“He causes a lot of problems (for opponents),” Landrum said. “In our first scrimmage … he put up 14 points, six rebounds and four assists and only one turnover. So, that kid can really play.”
Junior forwards AJ Vasek and George McRae are making the move up from JV and will provide depth. Vasek saw a little action last season.
Another addition for the Eagles is Marysville transfer Pryce Johnson (sophomore/forward), who will sit out the first 11 games.
Landrum thinks the MOCAL is wide open this season because of a lot of turnover. The Eagles finished a game behind Gahanna Christian in the standings last winter.
DCS opens at home with Elgin Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The home non-league slate is highlighted with games against North Union (Dec. 22), Horizon Science (Dec. 30), Danville (Jan. 2), William V. Fisher (Feb. 2) and Centerburg (Feb. 10).
The Eagles travel to East Knox (Dec. 4), Benjamin Logan (Jan. 23) and Ridgedale (Feb. 3).
“I think we’ve made our schedule a little tougher this year,” Landrum said. “We wanted to beef things up and challenge ourselves a little more in the non-league … which is really exciting.”
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