University Heights Academy has had its fair share of stellar guards the last few seasons with KyKy Tandy and Tray Hollowell playing in college, but it's the next crop of guards that'll lead the Blazers this season.
While post play has been a concern for UHA coach Grant Shouse in recent seasons, he hasn't had much to complain about at the guard position as he'll go with four guards in the starting lineup to start the 2019 season.
KJ Crump, Will Bryan, DJ Quarles and Amani McGee will all hit the court Monday for UHA as each played their part in winning games for the Blazers last season.
But Shouse admitted they lost a lot in Tandy, Drew McGowan and Ta'Quan Hollowell.
"Our style of play is going to be different just because the personnel is so different," he said. "KyKy's the kind of guy that you had to put the ball in his hands and let the offense obviously run through him. Drew is as good of a shooter as we've ever had here and Ta'Quan did anything and everything around the basket to help his team win. Their physical presence also, they were athletes. Their size, speed and athleticism, for all three was really above
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average I think for high school.
"This team doesn't have that type of player or those types of players physically but I think our strength is going to be through the diversity of the group and the numbers where you don't key on or two guys."
Without a pillar of the Blazer program on the court, Shouse said it could take a little bit to realize what makes this year's team go.
"I think it's going to take a few games and a little while to determine the identity as far as how we're going to play and how we're going to play differently than the last couple of teams to try and get the most out of those guys and the supporting cast around them," Shouse said. "It's going to definitely be one of those type seasons where we kind of find that out as we go and hopefully we'll be improving and making some adjustments along the way."
The Blazers have a difficult schedule this season with only a handful of games against teams that were under .500 last season.
UHA's first four games are at Murray, at the Marshall County Hoopfest against John Hardin, at Muhlenberg County against Owensboro and then at Union County.
The Blazers don't play at home until Dec. 14 against Crittenden County and UHA only has four home games on its schedule currently.
UHA plays at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Murray.
Box this....starting lineup
Dec. 2 Murray away 7:30 PM
Dec. 6 John Hardin at Marshall County 10:00 PM
Dec. 7 Owensboro at Muhlenberg County 4:00 PM
Dec. 10 Union County away 7:30 PM
Dec. 14 Crittenden County home 6:00 PM
Dec. 17 Fort Campbell home 7:30 PM
Dec. 20 Calloway County at Paducah Tilghman 6:00 PM
Dec. 21 Cairo, IL at Paducah Tilghman 10:30 AM
Dec. 21 Paducah Tilghman away 6:00 PM
Dec. 27 Somerset at Various Sites 6:00 PM
Jan. 4 TBA at McCracken County Mustang Madness
Jan. 7 Christian County away 7:30 PM
Jan. 10 Hopkinsville home 7:30 PM
Jan. 14 Crittenden County away 7:00 PM
Jan. 31 Hopkinsville away 7:30 PM
Feb. 11 Christian County home 7:30 PM
Feb. 13 Fort Campbell away 7:30 PM
Feb. 15 Madisonville-North Hopkins away 7:30 PM
Feb. 17 Caldwell County away 7:30 PM
Feb. 20 Webster County away 7:30 PM