Greater Grand Forks boys basketball preview: Eagles rely on big men
East Grand Forks Sacred Heart senior post players Austin LeTexier and Brett MacLeod appear to be polar opposites. LeTexier is a 6-foot-4 broad-shouldered football standout, while MacLeod is a wiry 6-foot-6. But the two have one thing in common: T...
East Grand Forks Sacred Heart senior post players Austin LeTexier and Brett MacLeod appear to be polar opposites.
LeTexier is a 6-foot-4 broad-shouldered football standout, while MacLeod is a wiry 6-foot-6.
But the two have one thing in common: They're going to be the focal-point of the Sacred Heart offense.
"The post game is going to win us games," said Sacred Heart first-year coach Joe Wasfaret. "We're going to feed those guys a lot. One guy is 6-6 and the other is 6-4 and strong. That will help."
The Eagles went 4-18 last season. But Sacred Heart returns all of its key contributors and MacLeod and LeTexier feel that will translate to more success.
"We did pretty well at our scrimmage," MacLeod said. "I like how our posts and guards worked together. Our posts got a lot of looks. I think we're going to be a lot better this year than we were last year.
"We all know what everyone else can do. With Austin and I, we know what each other typically do."
The Eagles hope the pair can score.
"We're stressing the posts," MacLeod said. "But our guards can hit open shots, too."
Wasfaret said his posts feature differing strengths.
"Austin is a bull," Wasfaret said. "He has a nice elbow shot. We have a really nice high and low with him and Brett. Brett hits everything within 6 to 8 feet. He can also rebound with those long arms."
With the Eagles' reliance on MacLeod and LeTexier, Wasfaret said it will be crucial for his posts to stay on the court.
"Those two have to stay out of foul trouble," he said.
MacLeod and LeTexier each earned all-conference honors a season ago, with MacLeod averaging 12.6 points per game and LeTexier averaging 7.8.
LeTexier also said he expects a stronger Sacred Heart team this season.
"We definitely work more as a team," said LeTexier, who was recently named to the Pioneer Press all-state Minnesota football team. "We also have better leadership this year."
The Eagles open the season Tuesday against Clearbrook-Gonvick.
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