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Indian Creek's Garrison Govig passes out of a Waubonsie Valleu double team Friday in the Oswego East Summer Shootout. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

The past two seasons, Indian Creek rising senior Garrison Govig could rely on brute strength to impose his will, especially when the Timberwolves were playing against Class 1A and 2A competition.

That led to him averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season to earn all-Little Ten Conference honors for the second straight season.

Coming into his senior season, however, the 6-foot-9 center is honing his skill set.

“He averaged (15.5) a game just by being bigger,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said. “We just threw it up to him. This year, as you can see, he’s working on post moves and becoming more refined. He’s scoring points not just by being huge, but by being a basketball player.”

That’s one of the reasons why Piekarz enters his team into the Oswego East Shootout, which the Timberwolves participated in two weeks ago. They are the smallest program in the 32-team field, but it gives the team a chance to go up against larger schools they will not see during the regular season.

“That’s what I like about coming to this tournament,” Piekarz said. “It exposes our weaknesses. These teams are bigger and stronger than us, so it forces us to do everything right.”

Even against larger schools like Waubonsie Valley, Govig showed that when he can get position and the guards can get him the ball, he can be nearly unstoppable.

“He’s tough to move down there,” Piekarz said. “If we can get him in the post and get him the ball, he’s going to score. He’s so big. He takes up space.”

Govig also sees that kind of competition when he plays with his AAU team out of the Morris/Seneca area, the Illinois Ambush. Indian Creek assistant coach Eric Schrader suggested the team to Govig and he is now playing with them for the second straight summer.

“I keep developing,” Govig said. “I’m trying to get a college offer. I work out all the time. My AAU coach works with me a lot on individual post moves and defense.”

Five seniors, including all-conference guard Jaron Todd, have graduated, but the Timberwolves should be formidable in the front court. Govig can handle the work down low, and athletic 6-foot-6 forward Garret Post complements him with the ability to pop out and shoot jump shots. There won’t be many teams Indian Creek plays all season with that kind of size up front.

“I think me and Garrett are like two peas in a pod on the court,” Govig said. “Last year, we learned how to play with each other. We fit really well together working the high/low and stuff like that.”

The Timberwolves’ sophomore team won the conference title last year, so they will be mixed in to replace the seniors. Govig likes how things are going so far.

“We’re excited,” Govig said. “We’re trying to get the sophomores from last year in there and get them working. We did lose a couple of big pieces last year, but I think we’ll be all right. There is a lot of talent in the younger group. We just have to figure out how to mix them with us and we’ll be ready to rock and roll after that.”

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