By Jacki Wood

The West Nodaway boys basketball team will have a new head coach again this year.

In his first year of coaching, Tad Shotten takes over a young but talented Rocket team that went 12-13 overall and 2-5 in the 275 Conference.

“I am excited to see how the team grows and improves over the year,” Shotten said. “We have a great group of kids out and they all have been up to the tasks that I have set for them so far.”

The Rockets will look to senior guard Weston Carter and senior center Austin Wymer to lead the team.

“I am excited to see how Weston and Austin lead as our seniors,” Shotten said. “Weston is a good shooter and slasher. He also has the ability to be a good defender with his quickness. Austin will be asked to control the paint for us and grab rebounds. He also has the ability to be a good free throw shooter which is exciting for a coach when your big guy can knock down free throws.”

Other projected impact players include a trio of sophomores in point guard Korbin Koch and forwards Dylan Carden and Brody Beason.

“Dylan and Brody both have a very unique skill set and can do a lot of things which I really enjoy,” he said. “They are both versatile and can play inside and out because of their size and shooting ability. Korbin will be looked upon to do most of the ball handling duties being our point guard. He also has the ability to be a good scorer for us.”

Junior Schyler Johnson and freshman Eli Sanders will also give the Rockets quality minutes, Shotten said.

“Schyler is a good shooter and Eli is a good athlete that does a lot of things well,” he said.

The Rockets began the season with a fourth place finish in the PVI.