"The versatility and athleticism of Nick should allow us to put two of three different lineups out on the floor," McClanahan said. "For the first time in a long time, we have the opportunity to go small with a really quick and athletic lineup or we can go really big."
Catholic returns a lot of talent but the Irish must replace point guard Alex Casingal, who graduated.
"We have two issues and one is to develop a point guard like we need to do to be successful, and the second is to find a backup," McClanahan said. "That could be done by committee."
Garet McCarty, a 5-10 junior, steps into the point guard position, and despite his inexperience, McClanahan has high hopes for his new floor general.
"We are hoping Garet will step up and play that role," McClanahan said. "He is extremely skilled, handles the ball really well, and has a good basketball IQ. His job will be to get others involved, and if he does that, he can be a really good point guard."
To go along with the starting spots consisting of Godwin, George, and McCarty, seniors Kiefer Hovorka and Michael Tupta, along with junior Russell Miller will see plenty of action on the wing.
The Irish feature solid size inside with three seniors in Zach Casto (6-3), Andy Hoyer (6-3) and Nelson McKown (5-10, 200 pounds), along with junior Patrick Herlihy (6-7).
"For us to be successful, our big men will have to play really well," McClanahan said. "We need them to rebound and play good defense. They will be significant to our success."
The Irish figure to be right in the mix to defend their title, but McClanahan also pointed to Tug Valley and Magnolia to be strong contenders. Both teams are former Class AA powers that dropped down in classification to Class A.