It was going to be a rebuilding year for the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team and it was, as the Indians shuffled the lineup without current North Carolina player J.P. Tokoto and came up with a 7-16 record.
"We'll treat this as learning experience for the future," second-year coach Dan Leffel said. "I thought we had some pretty good leadership this year. Not everything happened perfectly, but the kids knew that they had to play hard and almost perfectly well to win games.
"We didn't have that early, but as the season went along our biggest gain was on the defensive side. We couldn't outscore people but we could stay in games if we played defense."
Senior guard Brandon Ramey (12.9 ppg) earned second-team All-Greater Metro Conference honors for the Indians while freshman guard Juwan McCloud (11 ppg) provided a real spark for the future.
Senior forward Devon Nauer helped out with a 8.7 points per game and a strong presence on the boards.
Leffel was encouraged by the play of the underclassmen teams, as the junior varsity went 16-6 and the freshmen, 16-4. Even more encouraging to him was the fact that the freshmen played so well despite the fact that McCloud was up on varsity and its second-best player, Bryce McMurtry, was contributing to the junior varsity's efforts.
"Those kids gained a lot of good experience," Leffel said, "and we should have a fair amount of kids competing for spots next year."
Seniors included Ramey, Nauer, Zach Murray and Vadial Shields.
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