PICTURED: Northrop senior Sydney Curry
After three straight seasons with out a winning record, could change be on the horizon for the Northrop Bruins?
That is the belief of many who follow the SAC and see the wealth of talent that Coach Rod Chamble has entering the season.
Much of the attention will be on senior Sydney Curry, who is a Northrop Bruin after two seasons at Horizon Christian. The 6-foot-8 power forward averaged 15.4 points and 15.7 rebounds last year as a junior.
While Curry is expected to fulfill a big role, questions remain on how the scoring numbers will look against a much more competitive schedule.
Arguably the most proven varsity player for the Bruins is junior Qualen Pettus. The guard shined at times last season with his quickness and slashing ability. Now a year older, Pettus could emerge as one of the best players in the SAC.
Another youngster set to make a big jump is sophomore Khamani Smith. The 6-4 shooting guard is one of the best players in his class in the area and saw a lot of playing time at the varsity level as a freshman.
Senior Isaac Anderson will man the point guard spot, with sophomore Drew Beverly also contributing at the position.
Expect to see junior Elijah Fincher and senior Taquay White play key roles as well.
The potential is obvious. Northrop has its most talented roster since the days of Brenton and Bryson Scott. How Curry meshes with this team will go a long way towards success.
In what is appearing to be a wide-open SAC after the top few spots, the Bruins could be the team that makes the biggest jump from last season to this season.
WHY NOT HIGHER?
Northrop has had its fair share of doubters the last few years, but this team looks destined to at least reach double digits in victories.
Despite the talented roster, it is still a group that is fairly young and lacks the time together at the varsity level. That could lead to a slow start at the very least.
Dec. 14 at South Side
The Bruins have lost three of four to the Archers, who are also in the conversation as one of the better teams in the SAC.
If Northrop can go on the road and knock off a good conference opponent, it will bode well for Northrop entering the SAC Holiday Tournament and a key slate of games in January, beginning with Snider on Jan. 4.