Without question, the North boys are one of the most fun teams to watch in the Wichita area.
North is athletic, loves to dunk on fastbreaks, makes the sweet alley-oop passes, pushes the tempo, blocks shots.
"When we're rolling and getting out on our break, on our press, we're at a level that I love to watch and the kids love to compete in that," North second-year coach Gary Squires said. "It's enjoyable to coach and see that, the effort and the intensity that they have."
North, 4-4 heading into today's first round of the McPherson tournament, has a core of talent in point guard Chekiel Wright, shooting guard Conner Frankamp and twins Brison and Briston White.
Frankamp, a freshman, is a poised, pure shooter who consistently can score from anywhere — he's averaging 17.1 points, second in the City League.
"He's a dead-on shooter; he makes basically every shot," Wright said.
Brison White, who averages 12.9 points, often provides a spark when he gets out on a fastbreak and makes a sweet dunk. He's also quick to make the steal or block a shot.
"We call him the freak of nature," Squires said, "because he can fly to the rim. He has an ungodly jumping ability and he can lock you down (defensively) if he wants to."
Briston White (16.9 points) is definitely out of position at the four-spot, but he is strong and rebounds well.
"We put him on the best offensive player," Squires said."... He's so quick down low to get around his man. He has good speed and can run the floor."
Wright runs the point well — ballhandling and passing — but Squires wants to see him score more.
North's top two inside players are Spencer Robertson and Matthew Tolliver, who are solid in the lane.
That North is 4-4, though, is disappointing.
"It's hard to feel like you're one of the best teams in the City (League), feel you can compete with every team in the city, but your record doesn't show it," Wright said. "We're just trying to get better as a team. When we get everything together as a team, we can be unstoppable."
North doesn't have much depth — Squires primarily plays six — but North's biggest problem is its inability to consistently play as a team.
Squires has worked to instill discipline in the program, to run a solid half-court offense, to get his team to play together.
But at times it doesn't happen. The most glaring example is that Frankamp, already one of the area's best offensive players, doesn't get the ball much.
"We have perfect pieces to a puzzle over here," Wright said. "If everybody plays their piece, their part, we could be one of the best teams in the City. We're a fast-paced team, uptempo, we have great players, but we need to understand what we need to do as a team."