Centennial 2017-18 boys basketball preview

2016-17 record: 7-4 county, 17-8 overall

Coach: Chad Hollwedel

Top players: Seniors Andrew Hohmann (G), Corey Eudell (G), Sean Taylor (G), Kaleb Addisu (F), Jaden Williams (F) and Hayden Ford (F)

What you need to know: Centennial finished in the top four of the county standings for the seventh straight season last year but did so with a slightly different roster makeup than in years past.

Coach Chad Hollwedel said his teams typically have six or seven senior contributors. They had four during the 2016-17 campaign.

As a result, the Eagles bring back seven seniors with varsity experience who believe they can match what the program accomplished in 2015.

“Exception this year is definitely a state championship,” senior guard Andrew Hohmann said. “That’s pretty much our goal every year, but I think this year, we have a lot of seniors, depth, experience, and our juniors right now are pretty strong. So, I think we have a great chance of doing what we did four years ago and bringing a state championship here.”

Centennial lost first-team All-County guard Elijah White but return almost every other major contributor. Hohmann, senior guard Kaleb Addisu and senior guard Jaden Williams are now third-year varsity players.

Hohmann and Addisu were the second and third-leading scorers, respectively, last season, while senior point guard Corey Eudell chipped in 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Sean Taylor also made a sizable impact last season, whether in the starting lineup or off the bench. The 5-foot-9 guard drilled 23 3-pointers en route to averaging 7.5 points.

The Eagles also expect increased inside production from Williams and 6-foot-6 senior Hayden Ford.

“If we can get 4 to 5 guys averaging 10 [points per game], we’re going to be very hard to deal with,” Chad Hollwedel said.

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