Start-up Slam: Hononegah Indians

Rockton, Ill. (WIFR) As last year's conference runner-up, Hononegah's basketball team is back this season with the goal of taking the top spot. But after losing some height, the Indians are taking a new approach this year.

Hononegah finished 12-4 in the NIC-10 and 23-8 overall, in big part due to Max Miller and Josh Donaldson's big numbers. Head coach Mike Miller said their style this year will be more skill-based, focusing on the fundamentals to set them apart from the rest. Miller said he's hoping that maybe some of their competition could overlook them, and they're going to use that to their advantage.

"We don't have a bunch of guys that are going to be above the rim. Max and Josh are gone, but we do a lot of things really well this year," Miller said. "I think this team is very fundamental, probably similar to the 20-win teams that we've had at Hononegah that maybe might not impress you when we walk in the door, but once we start playing together it's going to be a good product."

One of those returning starters being senior Kameron Kolberg, someone Miller said can lead this team with his unselfish play.

"Anytime you talk about Kameron Kolberg you got to come up with the word toughness, he competes every possession and he's just a guy you feel good putting out there every night," Miller said.

"We're going to share the ball a lot, I don't think we're necessarily going to have someone putting up 30 points a night," Kolberg said. "That's just kind of the make up of our group, every one of these kids out here can shoot it. I think with Caleb and I taking it to the rack, I think it's going to be hard to guard our three-point threats."