2013-14 boys prep hoops preview: Team depth should spark Mustangs

MUNISING – After going 16-5 overall last season, Munising High School boys basketball coach Dan Waterman is optimistic his team can duplicate – or improve – that mark this season.

“We’re bigger and more athletic than in the past,” he said in previewing his squad. “We also have good team speed and will try to use that to our advantage.

“We’ll try to apply some (defensive) pressure and create some easy offense off that.”

Junior Ben Stasewich (6-6 center) is returning. He averaged 12 points and 13 rebounds a game in 2012-13.

“This is his third year with the varsity,” Waterman said. “He’s big, strong and has worked hard on his game.

“We look to give him the ball inside. That will free up our outside shooters.”

Junior Austin Kelto (5-10 point guard) will be back after missing all but three games last season due to a football injury.

“He’s just a great athlete,” said Waterman, entering his fourth year as the Mustangs’ coach. “He’s explosive with a good pull-up jumper and gets to the basket well.”

Junior Andy Cooper (6-3 forward) comes from Whitewater, Wis.

“He’s athletic with long arms,” Waterman said. “We look for him to be a lock-down defender for us.”

Junior Garrett Blank (6-1 forward) is a “really good passer who makes good decisions with the ball,” the coach said, while junior Alex Hill (6-0 forward) “came off the bench last season and gave us some instant offense.”

Waterman also mentioned junior Colin Immel (5-8 guard), senior Noah Ackerman (6-0 guard) and senior Chase Nebel (6-3 forward) as being keys to the Mustangs’ potential success this season.

“Immel is a gritty, tough kid who’s a great perimeter shooter; Ackerman is a good 3-point shooter; and Nebel – who grew three inches over the summer – is our smartest player who’s totally selfless,” Waterman said.

Other Mustangs making the opening-day roster are Nick Cercone (6-1 junior); Alex Hill (6-0 junior); Tyler Tweedale (5-10 junior); and Jason Lindbeck (6-7 junior).

“With our length and quickness, we should be good defensively,” Waterman said. “Our depth is also good, which will allow us to pressure full court and then roll some other guys in there.”