CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Usually if a team would lose four of its five starters to graduation, expectations would be a lot lower heading into the following season.
Sissonville boys basketball Coach Rich Skeen doesn't fall into that category, though.
Skeen is quite optimistic when the Indians open their season at home Dec. 14 against Nicholas County.
"We lost two, 1,000-point scorers in Trent (Stowers) and Zach (Null) but that's high school basketball," Skeen said. "You are going to deal with stuff like this.
"I really like this group of kids though, and I have been looking forward to it all offseason.
"It's going to be a fun year. I couldn't be more pleased with where we are."
Adding to the fact that this year's Indian team will be very inexperienced, several of the players played on the football team that advanced to the quarterfinals in the playoffs, setting them back a week.
Skeen, however, sees the deep run that the Sissonville football team as a good thing.
"I usually tell the guys coming in from football to leave that aspect behind but I didn't do it with this group because what a great run they had in football," he said.
"I want them to keep that mentality and keep leading, and I think they will. I feel like the leaders on the football team in Nathan Miller and Duncan McClung are going to be our leaders as well."
Miller, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the lone returning starter, and will be counted on heavily by Skeen on a team that only has three players with varsity experience.