2020-2021 Orange High School Winter Sports Preview: Varsity Boys Basketball
Head Coach: Michael Cruz
Varsity Boys Basketball enters the 2020-2021 season with many question marks and unknowns. The team is full of young players looking to prove they can compete with the older, more experienced players from rival schools within the conference. With the first game fast approaching, the coaching staff has been preaching to their players, “Control what we can control.” With so many unpredictable factors entering the season, as long as the team shows up and gets at least 1% better each day, then it is a win for the team and they have done all that they can do.
With limited returning starters this season, Coach Cruz has stated that he hopes to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each player before the first game and told me there is no definitive starting lineup for the season. He did state that Devin Belle and Trevor Moss are two players to look out for heading into the 2020-2021 season. Coach Cruz calls Belle a “natural scorer” that the coaches are challenging this season to be a complete player and step into a leadership role for the other sophomores and freshmen on the team. Moss is a team captain who is expected to be the starting center this season for the team, he has the ability to stretch the floor because of his length and Coach Cruz sees him as a great vocal leader for the team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Finally, the Varsity Boys Basketball team has three senior athletes this year that are worth keeping an eye on as this is their final season of high school basketball. Guard, Danny Mott-Goodman and Forwards, Tyler Hoffman and Steven Fellinger will provide a solid leadership group for the younger student-athletes throughout the season.
The biggest effect on the team entering the season will be the reduced amount of practice due to Covid-19 protocols and shutdowns. Puts a lot of stress on the coaching staff to keep things simple and make sure that the team gets the proper practice in. Coach Cruz voiced his desire for the boys to be great at two things, rather than good at five things. Hard work and effort are more important this season than ever before. The team can always be mentally locked into the situation. With proper mental attention and not slacking in that area, the coaching staff believe that they can be competitive in both the league and the state as the team continues to gain experience.