Boys basketball preview: Cloquet Lumberjacks

Cloquet returns 4 starters, but size could be issue; first game at home Saturday, Nov. 30, against Barnum

Cloquet's Adam Schneider shoots a jumper over Grand Rapids' Dawson Persons during a 2019 playoff game. (Pine Journal file photo)

Head coach: Steve Battaglia

Assistant coaches: Dave Battaglia, Jack Hagen, Scott Vogel, Andrew Mille

Returning starters: Markus Pokornowski, Adam Schneider, Alec Turnbull, Dylan Heeh

New faces to watch: Damian Diver, Jordan Diver, Tyler Issendorf, Nathan Blatchford

Team strengths: “Athleticism and hopefully a deeper than normal rotation,” head coach Steve Battaglia said. “I think we can shoot it, but that remains to be proven.”


Biggest challenge: Size.

Coach’s Assessment: “We’ve got a great group of kids who are fun to be around,” Battaglia said. “I think we have the talent and athleticism to beat a lot of people, but I worry about consistency without a big guy to anchor things. We’re going to have to shoot the ball well, defend every night and try to play faster than I normally prefer. Our strength both offensively and defensively should be in transition and in the full court — half-court offense and defense favors bigger teams.”

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