"Very much so," Coach Hott said, "only more complicated at the varsity level. We're going to have to work for a shot and make it a good one. We'll isolate a guy or isolate two guys against one man or three guys against two. I'm a Phil Jackson fan and fan of the triangle offense, which was really Tex Winter's offense."
Recent Shelbyville coaches have stressed being in better shape than their opponents and an emphasis on defense. Shelbyville's defense this last season was the hallmark of their success.
"Defense gives you the best chance to win," Coach Hott said. "Our kids 7th-12th grade know how to play man-to-man. That will continue. We'll have to play man-to-man and, against certain teams, have to play some match-up zones. It depends on the personnel."
Offense will be a different story.
"How will we get our scoring?" Hott said. "That will be our challenge as a coaching staff. But on the other hand our opponents won't know either."
What about conditioning?
"In today's game you gotta be in shape," Hott said. "Today's kids are in better shape and they know more about nutrition and diet."
What about scouting?
"I coached the dads of a lot of the kids that are coming up," Hott said. "Some of the dads will do scouting. It's nice coming back to where you've been before and have those connections."
Coach Hott already has plans for this summer. There will be a 3rd-8th grade basketball camp the last week of May. High school camp will be in June. There is a Pana Shootout in June and a Maroa night league with at least two games a night.
"We may even scrimmage Rochester once or twice, since we know the coach at Rochester (former coach Mike Steers)." Hott said. "We'll be in the gym with the kids for 20 contact days and put our offense in."