For Girard High School head boys basketball coach Rod Wescott, the question will be just how will his new players come together.



The Trojans — who finished 4-17 overall last year and 3-5 in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League — do return five seniors, but will have a crop of new players to add into the mix.



“We do have several newcomers this year and, how quickly we gel with each other and beging to understand what we need out of them will be crucial to our success,” Wescott said.

For Girard High School head boys basketball coach Rod Wescott, the question will be just how will his new players come together.

The Trojans — who finished 4-17 overall last year and 3-5 in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee League — do return five seniors, but will have a crop of new players to add into the mix.

“We do have several newcomers this year and, how quickly we gel with each other and beging to understand what we need out of them will be crucial to our success,” Wescott said.

Senior guards Preston Samuels (6-foot), Kooper O’Brien (5-10) and Gavin Snyder (5-10) return with starting experience from last year along with senior forwards Reid Murphy (6-0) and Zack Foraker (6-0).

“We will look to those seniors for our leadership this year,” Wescott said.

With five returning seniors and other, younger players, Wescott said that there could be a surprise in the mix for the Trojans.

“But, if we have someone that could surprise another team, I’d like to keep it that way,” Wescott said. “Every year, someone always steps up and we expect that to happen again.”

But, the bottom line will be improvement from game to game.

“We will go into every game with the goal of playing our best and improving as the season progresses,” Wescott said