[Mary Beth Nolan]
Between that grouping, the shooting abilities of Michael Lampson and Jordan Wortman, and the post presence of first-team DeKalb Daily Chronicle all-area selection Cooper Larsen, the Timberwolves' offense operated more smoothly than anyone else in the league.
"You see him (Russell) running really well. you see Michael Lampson goes and gets a lot of easy buckets," Piekarz said. "Cooper has to stay in for rebounding, but he knows once that rebound is had in the outlets, it’s his job to go too and Brennan McNally does the same thing. We have a lot of guys that know what their role is and that’s important in the summer to start figuring it out.”
Piekarz said he couldn't remember what his team's summer record was, and that it wasn't important to him. What he is interested in is seeing his team get better, something he has tried to accomplish by having the Timberwolves participate in 3A and 4A shootouts. To him, Russell has shone the willingness to put in the work to step up.
“There’s no doubt in my mind when you see him in November, he’s going to be even better than he is right now," Piekarz said. "... He’s so respected by his teammates as well, that just keeps pushing everybody else.”