The Northside Spartans 2019 team kicked off their season with a great practice last night. Coach Scott leads a group filled with Spartan newcomers, but the team is shaping up to have a good season. The team features two players who are double-rostered between the 2019 and 2018 teams in Xavier Hines and Mekhi Caldwell--both of which figure to be primary scoring options for the 2019 team. Hines was a key contributor for Noblesville this past season and Caldwell has been sitting out of varsity basketball after transferring to Tindley this season, but should factor into their starting lineup come next season.
Two Spartans return from last season's 15u team. Jacob Pfeifer (Lawrence North) returns as a strong guard with playmaking and shooting ability. Stephen Terry (Brebeuf) adds length and the ability to play the stretch four role.
A trio of guards join the Spartans after playing this season with Guerin Catholic. Roc Ricker should challenge for a starting spot and provides dead eye outside shooting. Davis Schlichte is capable of playing both guard spots and will be a major contributor, as will Michael Aikman who's midrange to outside shot will be key.
Chris Rachell (Howe) could be the X-factor for this team. He figures to be one of the top options at point guard where his instincts as the starting quarterback at Howe may help him orchestrate the Spartan offense. Rachell has both penetrating and outside shooting ability which could make him a huge contributor for the 2019 group.
Tyler Chemelewski (Westfield) is another newcomer to the 2019 group this season. He has made a name for himself through his hard work and hustle play, as well as his ability to shoot from the outside. He figures to be in the rotation, capable of playing both the 2 and the 3 positions.
The 2019 team kicks off their season April 1st-2nd with the Final Four Fest in Indianapolis.