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Centennial 2016-17 boys basketball preview

2015-16 record: 13-6, 17-8

Coach: Chad Hollwedel


Top players: Seniors Alex Fant (F), Stevie Sedlacko (G) and Elijah White (G); juniors Kaleb Addisu (G), Andrew Hohmann (G) and Jaden Williams (F).

What you need to know: The Eagles were region finalists a year ago, losing on the road against Stephen Decatur, and were 3A state champions the year before that. White was a key contributor on that squad that won it all in 2015 and that experience is huge for a program that has continually proven that it reloads instead of rebuilds.


"Our goal is to never be starting from scratch and to continually be competing at the highest level regardless of who graduates," coach Chad Hollwedel said. "The expectations don't change with each different group of kids and I think our success really does stem from that competitive environment on a daily basis."

Losing Tom Brown, an all-county performer who eclipsed 1,000-career points as a senior, is a big blow. As is the departure of several other seniors — including starters EJ Fowler and Michael Merkey.

The good news, though, is that the Eagles have a roster in place that might be its deepest in several years. Hohmann was a regular starter during the second half of last season and he and Addisu each averaged around six points a game as sophomores. Williams, Fant and Sedlacko also saw meaningful minutes.

Outside of the familiar faces, keep an eye on a handful of JV call-ups that should immediately contribute as well. Junior Haden Ford is an athletic forward that plays above the rim, while Shawn Hill, Sean Taylor and Corey Eudell are all guards expected to contribute. Junior Robert Goyena is a transfer in from Mount St. Joseph and should provide minutes off the bench.