The Wolverines lost three players — Trey Alexander, Matt Scott and Myles Scott — to graduation. The trio accounted for roughly 80 percent of Woodstock’s rebounds, so Richeson is looking for some players to step up in that area.
However, he doesn’t see too many areas where this team isn’t able to match last year’s step for step.
“We have good kids,” Richeson said. “We have six seniors back, with five of them having a lot of experience, so we are expecting good things out of that.”
A year ago, Woodstock finished fourth in Region 5AAAAAA the regular season, but it came up short with a first-round loss to Walton in the region tournament. That left the returning seniors hungry for some success.
“For those seniors coming back, that is a factor in their minds,” Richeson said. “We are going to make history this year.”
The senior group is made up of Zack Case, Ahmad Bratton, Thomas Carroll, Jalen Hannah, Preston Hurter and Chris Mowery.
Case plays wherever he is needed and is a solid rebounder. Carroll, starting for his third season, is known for his shooting and ball-handling skills.
“(Carroll) is probably our best guard rebounder,” Richeson said. “He just flies in there. You wouldn’t think he can rebound, but offensively, he gets in there for us pretty well.”
Richeson calls Hannah the team’s best defender.
“He has great hands and great feet,” Richeson said. “His offensive game has continued to improve. But like I said, all six seniors are ready to go. They are ready to play and we are looking forward to a good year.”
So far, the start has had its bumps.
Woodstock started the season 0-3 with losses to Harrison, Kennesaw Mountain and River Ridge before breaking through with a victory over Creekview. The Wolverines will participate in the North Forsyth Thanksgiving tournament before opening their region schedule Saturday at Cherokee.
“I think it will all come together for us,” Richeson said. “Our expectations for the season are very high.”