Arcanum Boys Basketball 2023-24 Season Preview

Arcanum Varsity Boys Basketball. (photo courtesy Handshoe Photography)

Arcanum put together a nice run of wins together late in the season last year winning 6 of their last 8 games. They finished the year 12-10 overall and 6-5 in the WOAC. The Trojans graduated 7 seniors including Nick Sharritts who was their leading scorer at 14.8 ppg and Bryson Sharp who was their floor general at point guard. However, the Trojans JV team had a great year, and the young talent is ready to step forward and prove they can compete in the WOAC.

Roger McEldowney has moved on as Arcanum coach and taking over the reigns will be Kevin Brackman who coached the JV team last year. Brackman will benefit from his year at the JV level and is familiar with all the kids.

“We have some new faces at the varsity level including myself, but I think we’re there and we’ll be ready to go,” Brackman said.

Key player returning for the Trojans are:

Brady Lock is a 6-3 Sr., guard who averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, and 2.2 asst. per game last season and they will look to lean on Brady’s varsity experience this season.

Regan Christ is a 5-11 So., guard a 2nd Team All WOAC last season as a freshman. Averaged 11.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, and shot 41% from the perimeter.

Ryan Murray is a 6-2 Sr., forward who came off the bench last year for the varsity team. Will provide a post presence this season.

Caleb Burke is a 6’ Sr., forward also came off the bench last year for the varsity team and will provide a post presence this season.

Braylen Etherington is a 6’ Sr., guard came off the bench last year for the varsity team. Will provide a wing/scoring threat this season.

Other Players who will move up or newcomers are:

Landon Flatter is a 5-9 Jr., guard he had a strong sophomore campaign leading the JV team to 16 wins last season. One of the top scorers. Will see a lot of minutes this season

Matthew McCans is a 5-10 So., guard and started every JV game last season as a freshman. Was a top scorer who provides a strong jump shot and tough body to keep off the glass. Will see a lot of minutes this season.

Cole Kessler is a 6’ So., guard who started every JV game last season as a freshman. Cole is a long combo guard who can play any position on the floor.

Charlie Weiss is a 5-10 So., guard and started 20 of 22 JV games last season as a freshman.

Luke Henninger is a 6-0 Sr., forward started every JV game last season as a JR. Provides a much-needed post presence for us this season.

Nathan Koller is a 6-0 Sr., forward didn’t play his JR season. Will be a shooter and scoring threat off the bench for us this season.

Landon Byrne is a 5-11 Sr., forward played JV last season. Will look to contribute at the forward position this season.

The Trojans will be led by seven seniors and will be a guard-oriented team and looks to apply pressure on both ends of the floor.

“Attacking in transition and cleaning up the boards will be important to our success this season, our goal is to fill the stat sheet with intangibles such as deflections, loose balls, dives on the floor, steals, and charges,” Brackman commented.

“We graduated seven seniors last season, we are a “young” group to the varsity level. We have very few players that have logged varsity minutes, but we have guys who are ready to contribute and play at this level,” Brackman added.

Brackman top favorites for the league are:

1. Preble Shawnee – Lead by arguably one of the best guards in the state & a true post player. PS is the team to beat.

2. TV – Loses scoring to graduation shouldn’t affect TV. They’re JV team didn’t lose a game last season whoever they put on the floor to represent them will be a tough matchup for all teams.

3. Dixie – Strong guard play and discipline on the offensive & defensive ends make Dixie a tough match. They were very impressive last season winning 19 games.

4. Bradford – Majority of players are back from last season. They have great guard play and have proven that they can win games.

Sleeper: Franklin Monroe