INMAN — The Inman High School boys basketball team will have as good of a dynamic duo as the Heart Of America League will see.
Seniors Payton Froese and Mason Thiessen combined to average 35 points points a game last season. Froese averaged a team-high five assists from his point guard position, while Thiessen averaged a team-high 11 rebounds.
Joining them will be two returning senior starters in Jordan Friesen and Jaxon Eddy. Coming off a season where the Teutons won their sub-state, Inman looks locked and loaded for a repeat trip to the state tournament.
“We no longer will be able to play the underdog role any more,” head coach Brett Froese said. “It will be interesting on how we handle teams coming at us every night.”
Often, point guards are described as “coaches on the court.” With Froese, the coaches’ son, at the helm, Inman should be in responsible hands.
“It's kind of nice to have a three-year starter back at the point,” Froese said of his son. “He has had a great offseason and has really worked on his shooting, which will only make him harder to defend. He understands everything we want to do both offensively and defensively, which is huge.”
Thiessen has always been one of the taller kids on the court, but may have hit a growth spurt over the summer. Froese lists Thiessen as 6-foot-9. If true, the senior forward will be even more of a nightmare for teams to guard.
“Thiessen is hard to match up with at any level,” Froese said. “He’s gotten a lot stronger than he was even last year.”
As for Friesen and Eddy, the senior duo will get their share of buckets when teams inevitably focus on Froese and Thiessen.
“Jaxon is just a terrific athlete that can do so many things on both ends of the floor,” Froese said. “Jordan is another kid that just does so many different things well for us.”
Depth will not necessarily be a weakness for the Teutons, but younger guys will need to step up in order for Inman to have success.
“Depth could be a small concern early until our younger players can adjust to the speed that which we want to play with,” Froese said.
Inman opens the season on Nov. 30 at Goessel High School.
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