The Pleasantville Trojan basketball team has seven lettermen returning from the 2018-19 varsity squad that finished 8-14 overall.
Pleasantville suffered a loss in seven of their final nine games which lowered their record at the time from 6-7 to 8-14.
Back to lead the way for Coach Joel Allman’s team are the letter winners, seniors Tagen Douma, Teron Mount, Mitch Harken and Brady Powers along with junior Caylor Clark.
Sophomore Aaron Wilkins is a letterman who will be sidelined for the season after tearing his ACL in football.
Mount at 6’4” averaged 11.6 points per game a year ago. Also back as a double digit scorer is guard Tagen Douma at 10.5 points.
Mount shot 52.9 percent from the floor a year ago. He was also the rebounding leader for PHS with five per outing.
Douma is also the top outside shooting threat after leading the 2018-19 squad by nailing 54 three-point goals for 40 percent accuracy.
Coach Allman replied, “We have six guys who can shoot the ball at a fairly high level, and have offensive versatility.”
He added, “We need to do a better job of not fouling as much this year, giving more effort defensively, and all five guys rebounding.”
One young player to keep an eye for PHS is Mason Scheve, a sophomore. Allman said, “Scheve is somewhat of a new member to varsity this year. He played a little bit towards the end of last year.”
Van Meter and Des Moines Christian are teams who are labeled by Allman as the teams to beat in the WCAC.
The Trojan coach added, “We are hoping to be in the top half of the conference this year.”
He continued, “I expect our team to play with a lot of effort, and play as a team. We hope to be very connected as a group this year.”
The Trojans open the season Dec. 3 facing Melcher-Dallas at home.