Andrew Lott is expected to be one of the keys to the success of the Newburg High School boys’ basketball team this winter.
NEWBURG -- Andrew Lott is expected to be one of the keys to the success of the Newburg High School boys’ basketball team this winter.
And that’s just fine with head coach Terry Wells.
Wells feels if anyone can be a leader for the Wolves on and off the court he’d be glad to have it be Lott, a 5-9 senior guard.
Lott is a returning starter for Newburg, which finished 12-14 last season.
A year ago, with now-graduated Dakota Herpich and Aaron Gideon leading the offensive charge, Lott had a role of setting them up on the offensive end and playing strong defense.
However, with most of the offense from last season’s squad now gone, Lott’s scoring responsibilities -- along with several of his teammates -- will increase.
Because of that Lott feels more emphasis will be placed on the Wolves to be a solid defensive team.
“We’re definitely going to have to be a better defensive team,” Lott said. “We’ll have to depend on scrappy play because we don’t have a lot of height.”
And Lott will play a vital part of Newburg’s attack on both ends of the court.
“We’re going to run him at the wing position most of the time,” said Wells, in his second season as Newburg head coach, of Lott. “We’ll look to set him screens to get him shots.
“Everybody returning is going to have to step up their game a lot.”
Last season Lott averaged 9.5 points and three assists per game. With a very good shooting touch from three-point range Lott will be asked to be a main scoring source from the perimeter.
“I’m comfortable with it,” Lott said of his increased offensive role. “I think I have improved. I’m getting better shooting off the dribble.”
“I think (Lott) is one of the top three outside shooters in our conference (the Frisco League),” Wells said. “And Andrew is the type of kid who can do anything he sets his mind to. He has such a good attitude about it.
“He can play any position. Defensively we can always put him on the other team’s best player and he always does what you ask.”
Basketball is just one of the sports that Lott excels at for Newburg.
He is also an all-conference infielder as a baseball player as well as a state meet-qualifying sprinter in track. He plans to play at the collegiate level in baseball, although he’s not sure where yet.
“I hope to play college baseball,” he said. “I’m still looking. I took a tryout at the College of the Ozarks and am looking at Drury, Evangel and Missouri S&T.”