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Posted On: 10/29/18 4:45 PM
As we get into the swing of previews, we will track each class with teams that we are interested in. Up next in our list of superlatives are the 1A teams that you’ll want to watch this year.
Lafayette Central Catholic
Lafayette Central Catholic has been a very good team for a long time and they are really fun to watch. Junior Carson Barrett is a guy that will have the ball in his hands a ton this year and he looks to set the tone on offense. Barrett can score in a ton of different ways and is able to set up the offense. He has great court vision to find his teammates and his teammates are very fundamental with the ball. LCC is a team that will be solid year after year because of the hard nosed style of play they have. Look for them to be big contenders in the 1A North.
Fort Wayne Blackhawk
Fort Wayne Blackhawk is home to the top 1A player in the state, Caleb Furst. They are going to be the front runner to win the 1A State Championship this year and Furst will have a lot to do with that. Frankie Davidson is a guard who can really fill it up as well. This combination is really solid and is so fun to watch. They have some other role players who can score a bit as well and play really solid defense to alleviate Furst and Davidson off the bench.
Barr-Reeve comes back with their top seven players from a year ago and should be the favorite to come out of the South in 1A. They have great guard play and Keegan O’Neill will look to hold it down inside. They have always been a very fundamental team and solid on both sides of the ball. For the past few years, they have had scoring potential that has been untapped but this year they should come out and score a lot more with new coach Josh Thompson. They will play faster this year and have more talent on the floor than pretty much everyone that will be on their schedule.
Bloomfield is going to be a much different team this year than they have been in the last few years. They lose most of their height from last year and will be very guard oriented. They do have another foreign exchange student in and the 6’4 forward will lose to contribute once he gets acclimated into the system. Turner Royal is a guy who is going to score a lot of points this year for them and they have a host of seniors that will contribute a lot this year. They will be a very fun team to watch if it starts to click.
Greenwood Christian is a team that like Bloomfield will look different this year. They have a transfer in from California who is going to dominate 1A teams with his strength and post scoring. GCA is a very fundamental team thanks to their coach Jonny Marlin and are going to be moving towards the top of the 1A rankings all year. They are an intriguing team because they graduated their best player last year but they reload this year and expect to make a deep run in state.