With an eye to the future, Augusta Prep boys basketball coach Mike Guthrie is turning to a pair of juniors to lead the way.
Danny Rosenblum and Christian Guthrie are in their third year with the Cavaliers’ program and big things are expected from the duo, who have started both games for the Cavaliers this season.
Mike Guthrie points to the hard work they put in over the summer.
“They both attended Point Guard College (at Emory University), which improved their skills and made them better players,” Guthrie said. “With the loss of Ben Guthrie and Caleb Lifsey, they will be responsible for handling the ball, breaking presses, running our offensive sets and controlling the tempo of the games.”
Rosenblum knows returning senior and leading scorer Michael Downing is the focal point, but that it’s their turn to start making more of an impact.
“He’s (Downing) been here four years, he’s definitely the main guy,” Rosenblum said. “We’re going to be taking more of a leadership role this year because next year it’s mainly going to be us. We’ve got to start early so it’s not new next year.”
He credits offseason work to increasing his assertiveness.
“I’m definitely a lot more confident,” Rosenblum said. “Coach took Christian and I and one more player to Point Guard College over the summer and so that helped us become better leaders and overall better players. I just worked by myself and with other guys on the team to improve every aspect of my game.”
As well as being the coach’s son, Guthrie is replacing his brother Ben, who was the team’s starting point guard a year ago.
“It’s a lot to live up to because he was a really good point guard,” Guthrie said. “I hope I can be as good as him, me and Danny both, cause he really contolled the team and the tempo of the game last year.”
Guthrie sees the difference between himself and his sibling. “I’m more defensive,” Guthrie said. “Ben was good at getting the ball inside and getting it to the other people. I’m better at defense than him, I guess, because I play soccer and they always say that helps.”
Rosenblum, who has been playing basketball since he was seven years old, thinks the team is headed in the right direction.
“The team looks really good,” said Rosenblum, who also runs cross country and plays tennis for the Cavaliers. “We had a few kinks the first game, but we only had the football players the first day. Once we get those worked out we’re going to be really good this year.”
A soccer player as well for the Cavaliers, Guthrie is able to translate skills from the pitch to the court.
“I think playing soccer helps basketball for staying low,” Guthrie said. “Soccer is just constant jogging, it works your thighs. It helps to stay low and play defense in basketball.”
Rosenblum sounds like a point guard when he describes his style of play.
“I like to be in control and set up my teammates,” Rosenblum said. “I like attacking and dumping it off to Rafay (Chaudhry). Getting assists is what I like most.”
Like Rosenblum, Guthrie is more confident this year and may look to score more.
“Last year I had chances to shoot but I would rather pass it off and not see if it went in or not,” he said, laughing.