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Southeast captured a Portage Trail Conference County Division co-championship last year on the back of tremendous play from senior point guard and team captain Noah Kainrad.
With a unique leader like Kainrad now at the University of Mount Union, the task of keeping the program in the right direction has fallen to players like junior guard Jordan Krych, a player who interned under Kainrad during last season's title run.
And if midseason returns from Krych are any indication, the Southeast boys basketball team has been left in very capable hands.
This season, Krych is averaging 11 points, 4.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Those numbers easily speak for themselves, but it is another part of Krych's game -- one that cannot be quantified in a box score -- that Southeast head coach Matt Dillon is most impressed with: How he has embraced the role as the Pirates' team leader.
"We credit Jordan's development as a leader to two things," Dillon said. "For one, he has been like a sponge, picking up on everything he saw Noah and (current senior guard) Trevor Norquest do in the huddle and in practice.
"Also, he has really improved as a vocal leader," Dillon added. "He is vocal in timeouts, asking questions about what we as coaches see ... he's grown up a lot to where he feels comfortable speaking his opinion now."
After cracking the varsity rotation during his sophomore year, Krych's role grew throughout that season to the point that the team's coaching staff began to feel comfortable putting him on the court during critical league games.
He credits his teammates for his ability to mature as a player and hopes to pay that forward to the younger players in the program.
"Playing with Noah on varsity last year was really motivational," Krych said. "I was nervous in my first few varsity games, but having him there helped me grow so much.
"I feel like it's my responsibility to do that with this year's younger players," Krych said. "It's my job to take them under my wing so they can carry on the tradition of Southeast basketball."
Dillon said the change in Krych's demeanor has been obvious.
"One of the things we try to make a big deal about is we want our older kids to be responsible for helping the younger kids," Dillon said. "(Krych) went through all of (the growing pains) already, and he's given a lot back to the program already in helping our younger kids.
"He and the rest of our captains do a really nice job acting like coaches on the court," Dillon added. "Instead of us coaches having to yell and get on the younger kids, Jordan is out there taking on that role, and I think it means more to the younger players coming from their older teammate."
With his on-court production combined with his growth as a team leader, Krych has become one of the strongest floor generals in the league.
According to Dillon, Krych has put in work with assistant coach -- and former Streetsboro standout -- Tommy Stockard to grow his individual game.
"Tommy has does a tremendous job relaying info to Jordan on how to be a true point guard," Dillon said. "He has explained that he needs to score, but more importantly, he needs the ability to let other people score and get them other opportunities.
"And that's hard to do, to both score and get other kids opportunities," Dillon added. "But Tommy has done a great job getting him to understand those roles and Jordan has done a great job evolving into this team's point guard."