Canyon High boys basketball coach Travis Schulte is convinced the time is now for his young Eagles.

“We’ve taken a lot of bumps to get to this point, but I’m convinced we’re ready to be competitive,” Schulte told Texas Scorecard. “We like to think that a lot of things will be different this season and they’re all in a good way.”

After finishing 5-22 overall and 2-11 in the 5A Region I District 3 Conference last season, the Eagles nearly return their entire roster this season, including the steady senior duo of point guard Colton Trimmer and forward Nathan Hoggatt.

“Colton’s a good leader, three-point shooter and someone who takes care of the ball, while Nathan is a slasher who gets to the basket and finishes well,” Schulte added. “We may not have that one superstar kid, but we have a bunch of guys who play hard and make for a sound team together.”

Schulte said chemistry will be huge advantage for the Eagles this season, especially when five of his rotation players are able to return to practice from the football team.

“We’re happy that the football team is doing so well and still playing in the playoffs,” he said. “But yeah, we’re hoping we’re really able to hit our stride once those guys are able to get back and are able to work out with us every day.”

Schulte described the Eagles’ style of play as uptempo, with his players always looking to run.

“We’re small team, so we’ll be pressing on defense and looking to speed things up every chance we get,” he said.

Even falling from 5A play to 4A could be a blessing in disguise for the Eagles this season, Schulte added.

“We hoping to be able to get off to a fast start and have our confidence build along the way,” he said.