In the first three years Jeff Miller has been head coach of the Northern Lehigh boys basketball team, he has undoubtedly had a true presence of some good, tall players in the paint.
This season, Miller has no other real choice but to switch up his game plan. There is a lack of size thanks to the departure of Josh Eden (6-4), Caleb Johnson (6-5) and Lucas Pierce (6-7) who all graduated this past June.
"We're certainly going to be a different type of team this season," Miller said. "Over the last three years, we had size on our side. This year, we don't have that type of size, but we might be quicker now because of it.
"So we're going to change our offense, change our defensive thinking a little bit and see what happens with the move."
With senior Josh Landsberger, (6-5) the lone Bulldog returning with any kind of under the basket, and senior guards Tyler DiBilio (5-10) and Matt Egan (6-2) returning in the backcourt, Miller has chose to enter this up-and-coming season with a whole new game plan.
"We know we're rebuilding our offense and have a totally different defensive thought," Miller said. "We're going to look to get after people more as where in the past the bigger lineup sometimes we would go zone and things like that. You won't probably see a lot of zone out of us this year."
While Miller has to work around the thought of adjusting his attack because of a hit in height, he also has to work with a lack in depth as well.
"That goes as far as numbers and experience too," said Miller, of what he pointed out as an area of concern. "We're going to be young. Our depth is young ... with what little depth we do have."
Regardless of numbers (20 players between junior varsity and varsity), the Bulldogs will solely rely on DiBilio, Egan and Landsberger as far as the thought of experience since they all saw action in all 23 games in last year's district qualifying season.
Junior forward Aaron Hofmann (6-0) saw some minutes in 15 games last season, while sophomore forward David Shupp and freshmen Joe Egan and Taz McNair, both guards, look to gain some potential varsity minutes.
"When you lose your leading scorer (Eden, 16.61 ppg) and your leading rebounder (Johnson), those are some big shoes to fill," Miller said. "But, we're looking at our three returning players that saw a fair amount of time to fill those voids. This group seems to get along really well.
"They work very hard. And, they're getting better every day."
And, because of that close knit bonding on-and-off the hardwood, Miller hasn't changed the thought of a possible goal to attain at the end of the season.
"Every year, certainly we want to qualify for the Colonial League and district playoffs," Miller said. "It's not going to change. And, I think it's a very realistic goal because this group does work hard every day."