The guards on the Greenwich High boys basketball team have a green light to shoot from outside and head coach Bill Brehm hopes they keep their foot on the gas while firing away from beyond the arc.
"I think we have the ability to hit some outside shots from more than one or two different people which is key, to be able to balance that from the outside," Brehm said. "We are going to let it fly this year. I think we are going to let our one and two guards shoot from the outside."
The new, aggressive approach will not just be with the outside shooters, but will be the philosophy on defense and in the paint offensively, as well.
Helping make the Cardinals more aggressive down low will be 6-foot-9 junior Alex Wolf, who transferred in to Greenwich from Blair Academy and gives them a presence in the post at both ends of the court.
"He is very aggressive, he likes to hit the boards and likes to make moves to the hoop," Brehm said. "He's going to develop this year. He's a good player but he could be a great player if he works hard. He wants to go to a good academic school and play D-I."
At the helm: Brehm is back for his 10th season leading the Cardinals as is full-time assistant Jesse Bass.
The JV will be led by longtime New Rochelle varsity coach Billy Murphy, a friend of Brehm's who was looking to stay in coaching without the time commitments needed required of a head coach.
Joe Urbano will be helping out with varsity and JV and Joe Vrtiak will be coaching the freshmen.
Who's gone?: When the Cardinals needed a big basket last year they looked to sharp shooter Alejandro Rodriguez, who graduated along with 6-5 forward Greg Donlic.
The Cards also lost center Sem Kroon, who transferred, and forward Will Gittings, who is concentrating on soccer.
Who's back?: Guard Alex McMurray is back for his second season as captain.
McMurray hit some big shots last year and knows what it will take if the Cardinals want to make it to the next level and qualify for the FCIAC playoffs after losing their final two games last year to miss the tournament.
"We should do pretty well," McMurray said. "We have the best personnel that I have seen in the four years I've been here. This year is a whole new year but we know what happened last year. We know what we are capable of and we will do well this year, I hope."
Watch out for: Sophomore Leonel Hyatt started out on the JV but quickly caught the eye of coaches and was bumped up to varsity after a few practices this preseason.
Hyatt has impressed so much that he will start the opening game of the year against Warde at forward as the lone sophomore on the squad.
Most of the returning juniors and seniors all saw some time last year and should benefit from the experience of having gone through an FCIAC season.
Weaknesses: The depth at guard is contrasted by a thin lineup of post players behind Wolf.
Greenwich will rely on seniors Jake Tennenbaum and Dexter Frisch to provide valuable minutes off the bench.
Showdowns: Four of Greenwich's first six games are against schools that made the FCIAC tournament last year.
They travel to Trinity Catholic Friday, host Ridgefield Jan. 4, Darien Jan. 18 and once again close the season against Danbury on Feb. 20.