By Jordan Burton (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
Brian McTague is getting into his eighth season at Glendale and the Falcons have been over .500 in all seven prior seasons.
Coming off a 16-11 run in 2019-20 – which ended with a 59-53 district championship loss to Ozark – Glendale returns simply three complete letterwinners, two of that are starters.
On the floor it appears to be like like a rebuilding yr, however these are conditions that McTague has grown accustomed to and Glendale returns sufficient expertise to once more be aggressive within the Ozarks.
Carter Harrell returns after averaging 18.3 factors and 4.1 rebounds with a 51-43-72 capturing cut up. The 6-foot-4 wing is without doubt one of the finest 2022 prospects within the Ozarks and he’s solely getting higher.
“Carter has gotten stronger and continues to enhance in all areas,” stated McTague.
Senior guard Jack Clinkenbeard additionally returns after incomes All-OC Defensive Crew honors. He additionally averaged 4.6 factors for the Falcons. McTeague believes he will likely be one of many high on-ball defenders within the space. He’s additionally the roster’s lone senior.
Junior Aaron Ledgerwood is a 6-foot-9 middle that averaged six factors and 4.7 rebounds final yr. He figures to be one of many league’s high inside gamers.
This yr’s crop of newcomers will carry dimension and size to the roster.
Juniors Logan Frahm (6-foot-6), Grant Givens (6-foot-5) and Kole Eden (6-foot-4) are all combo forwards. Classmate Alex Spence is a 6-foot-1 guard that can present backcourt depth.
A pair of underclassmen may additionally determine into the equation in 6-foot-6 sophomore Owen Padgitt and 5-foot-11 freshman Aslan Ebisch. Padgitt will likely be one other huge physique for the Falcons and Ebisch will settle into some level guard reps.
As all the time, Glendale’s schedule isn’t for the faint of coronary heart, which is able to embrace one other loaded Ozark Convention slate, the Blue & Gold and what ought to be a troublesome district task. They lack expertise, however McTague is happy concerning the potential of this group.
“It ought to be a reasonably robust yr within the convention with a lot of the high gamers from final yr returning,” stated McTague. “It’s important to be ready to combat each night time. We have now to purchase into taking part in a sure method on each ends and use our physicality. We have now to play to our strengths that can make us powerful to play in opposition to. If we play unselfish and solely care about profitable, we may have an awesome yr.”
Glendale will open the 2020-21 season on Dec. 3 on the Republic Event.