By Chris Parker
Weaubleau boys basketball has gained at the least 19 video games in three consecutive seasons. To maintain that streak alive, the Tigers should change a number of key gamers.
“Will probably be very robust to maintain that (streak) going. We’ve misplaced some excellent gamers to commencement over the previous few years. However they’ve helped set up a strong basis for our program. On paper the duty would look nearly unattainable. I’ve 10 boys with 5 of these being freshmen, one senior, two juniors and two sophomores. Have I discussed but that I solely have one child over 6 foot? However I’ve a youthful group that basically don’t know how you can lose,” Weaubleau coach Charley Dryer mentioned. “We should change into actually good at doing the little issues similar to blocking out, staff assist protection, limiting turnovers, making the additional cross with this group for us to be overly profitable, we should shoot it very well.”
Key amongst these commencement losses was Polk County League Participant of the Yr Caden Kauffman. First-team all-conference choice Sam Rutherford together with two different key seniors additionally graduated.
“We misplaced 4 guys final yr that would make a huge effect for us at any time on both finish of the ground,” Dryer mentioned. “Kauffman was such a frontrunner if there was ever an inner difficulty he had it beneath management. Defensively, he might tackle no matter project he was given. Offensively, I’ve by no means had a participant that when he went into his taking pictures movement it nearly gave you chills since you knew he was going to hit it. Sam Rutherford, Tucker Hilliard and Emmitt Stewart had been all actually good basketball gamers that had been pushed for fulfillment and above all had been good guys. They put collectively a strong offense with a number of methods to attain and so they had been explosive defensively as they may cowl plenty of floor.”
Sophomore Cooper Wilkin returns after incomes second-team all-conference honors as a freshman. He averaged 13 factors per sport final yr.
“He works extraordinarily laborious to achieve success. He’s one other child that may flat out shoot it. He can deal with the ball very effectively, he can play protection. I can’t wait to see how he grows as a participant this yr and the following three years,” Dryer mentioned. “He has performed a ton of basketball. He’s an distinctive athlete who can also be an amazing baseball participant. He’s a child that will probably be within the gymnasium taking pictures once I arrive and will probably be within the gymnasium taking pictures once I go away. This time final yr he had a damaged hand which made him have a sluggish begin to the season, figuring out he’s wholesome to start out his sophomore yr could be very thrilling.”
Kaiden Gannaway is the staff’s lone senior.
“He (Gannaway) will probably be checked out to anchor the protection. He’s very athletic. He’s nonetheless growing his shot that’s getting higher day by day, he’s very robust to maintain from attending to the rim attributable to his velocity,” Dryer mentioned.
Brady Herring and Ethan Foster would be the staff’s two juniors. Herring averaged 4.4 factors and Foster averaged 6.9 factors per sport.
“Brady has performed plenty of basketball. He’s my stepson, so more often than not he is aware of what I’m pondering and is asking issues out and speaking on the ground earlier than I’ve to. He’s a well-rounded participant that may hit the surface shot or assault the basket he has additionally labored to the place he can rating within the publish. He has developed into one among our higher defenders,” Dryer mentioned. “He (Foster) is one other who has performed plenty of basketball. He has began within the publish all by highschool. He will probably be relied on closely for publish protection and for offensive manufacturing. At 6’4, he’s our solely child over six foot”
Wyatt Dennis rounds out the returning gamers returning for his sophomore yr.
“He (Dennis) has labored to become an especially constant shooter. He’s has gained some dimension and energy that has helped, however he has spent plenty of time engaged on his shot to get the place he’s. I’m anxious to see him play this yr. In junior excessive he was a job participant at greatest, as a freshmen he noticed restricted ground time however I count on him to have an effect on the varsity stage this season,” Dryer mentioned.
5 freshmen in Gage Johnson, Blane Durnell, Dawson Stewart, Zack Brown and Keith Marquis will look to make a varsity affect.
Dryer on Johnson: “This child is an unbelievable athlete. He can play protection. He can shoot pretty much as good as anybody I’ve coached. He has methods of attending to the basket and may rating wherever in between. He has an unbelievable upside together with his skill and work ethic. He loves basketball. He’s beneath the radar for now however will not be for lengthy. He may very well be in for an enormous profession”
Dryer on Durnell: “He appears to get higher each time he steps on the ground. He can drive to the basket. He can shoot it. He has a strong mid-range sport, and he can play within the publish. He has gotten stronger to the place he can guard on the perimeter and within the inside. He’s one other participant that will probably be very particular.”
Dryer on Stewart: “He has been slowed attributable to an damage right here to start out the yr, however this child is our spark plug. He’s small however fearless. (He’s) athletic and may pull off some large issues particularly together with his dimension. He’s a extremely good defender. If I needed to choose one week spot in his sport it could have been taking pictures. With the damage he was out a pair weeks so he was capable of spend time getting his shot down. If wholesome he will probably be large assist this yr. He seems to be to be on the mend which makes me really feel a ton higher.”
Dryer on Brown: “Good defender. Is a strong athlete with a terrific work ethic. He can guard a number of positions. He’s nonetheless growing offensively however has come a good distance. He’s additionally one other participant that may present a spark together with his effort.”
Dryer on Marquis: “Keith is a bodily participant who has actually developed on each ends of the ground. A number of months in the past he was method off the radar of my ideas of people that might assist on the varsity stage, however now he has labored his method in. He’ll present depth within the publish and I absolutely count on him to have some massive moments.”
Weaubleau will look to hurry issues up this yr.
“We’re younger, small, athletic and fast,” Dryer mentioned. “He should attempt to hurry most groups up, at different instances we’re going to should unfold groups out and be disciplined. I don’t count on this to be a simple street in any respect I count on plenty of bumps with our inexperience particularly with the schedule we now have however these guys will compete.”
Weaubleau opens the season on Nov. 20 at Macks Creek.