The front court is instrumental to success in basketball on both ends of the floor.
Navarre’s boys hoops team primarily leans on three key players in Jacob Yates (6-foot-7), Joe Sczesny (6-4) and Christian Vollmer (6-3). Malik George and Carson Whitley are also competing for time.
Head coach Terry Posey puts their responsibilities bluntly.
“I want them to rebound, play defense and make easy baskets,” Posey said after summer league play last Tuesday where Navarre lost 47-36 to Fort Walton Beach and 54-27 to Milton.
The Raiders practiced a couple of hours before their two 40-minute games and did weight training as well.
“They got tired,” he said “It’s a process. It’s getting better.”
Yates and Sczesny are used to playing on the varsity level. Vollmer played center on the junior varsity team last year. Posey figures to play the rising junior on varsity this year.
“I love these guys,” Posey said. “They’re working hard, and they’re progressing. How well we defend the paint will be crucial. We need more aggression.”
On both ends of the court, the Raiders’ big men face a lot of body contact as a screener at the high post on offense and in crashing the boards.