The Sweetwater boys basketball team will rely on Harrison Foster, the Mustangs’ only returning starter, this season. Foster, a 6’4” senior guard, averaged 10.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game a year ago.
“Harrison is tall guard that is a matchup nightmare for most everyone,” Sweetwater coach Evan Grantham said. “He is too big and strong for guards and too quick for big men. He is also an elite defender that can erase the opponent’s best player.”
Besides Foster, the Mustangs, who were 13-12 overall and 3-7 in District 3-4A, will be a young team this year, however.
“A lot younger but also a much better shooting team,” Grantham replied. “There is more talent on this team than Sweetwater has had in five years. The talent is very young, and there will be learning curves.”
He noted that Sweetwater has a chance to have more than five guys shooting 35 percent or higher from the 3-point line. The big challenge, according to Grantham, is rebounding since the Mustangs will small at most positions.
Expected to play key roles for Sweetwater are 5’10” junior guard Chris Avila, 5’11” sophomore guard Stason Hernandez and 6’0’ junior forward Malik Brown.
Grantham called Avila and Brown two of the “hardest working athletes in school” and described Hernandez as an “elite shooter that can make all the shots in the book.”
“As a freshman, Stason shot 45 percent from beyond the 3-point line during district play,” Grantham point out. “He has also developed a floater game to complement his shooting ability.”