The Waupun boys basketball team hopes to build off of last season’s playoff run as they get the 2020-21 season with lots of new faces. After tying for 4th place in the East Central Conference last season the Warriors ripped off three straight playoff wins including a 61-57 win over Columbus in a Sectional Semifinal that put them on the doorstep of the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament. Waupun never got a chance to play for a trip to state because the season was cancelled do to coronavirus just hours after their Sectional Semifinal win.
Second year head coach Brett Pickarts will be looking for some players to step up in some new roles after graduating their top three scorers from a year ago Gabe Keach (17.6ppg), Keegan Hartgerink (16.8ppg) and Jaden White (9.8ppg). Pickarts will have a trio of seniors return who saw time in the starting five last season including; Brady Navis (7.2ppg), Cole Hicken (5.1ppg) and Rhyer Smit (3.1ppg).
“We’re going to a be a lot different this year. We are going to be a lot more balanced scoring wise. Being more of a true motion, five-out offense” Head Coach Brett Pickarts told DailyDodge.com.“ We have guys that are cable of scoring 10 to 15 (points per game) and I think we could have three or four guys averaging eight to ten points. When I took this job, that’s ideally what I wanted. To have balanced scoring.”
Other seniors returning for the Warriors include; Carson Bresser, Noah Disch, Trent Ferris, Wyatt Paul and Austin Wiese. Coach Pickarts says that the also has a strong collection of underclassman coming up from the JV that will help this year’s varsity roster.
Mark Miller’s Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook picks Waupun to finish 4th in the ECC behind projected champion Plymouth, Ripon, and Kettle Moraine Lutheran.
The Warriors are scheduled to open up their season on Tuesday, December 1st when they host defending league champion Plymouth.
Click the link below to hear a full interview with Waupun boys basketball coach Brett Pickarts
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