Boys work to rebuild depth
New Brady coach brings new system.
With the two leading scorers from last year’s squad back on the court for the Brady boys basketball team, fans might expect to see the same style of game the Eagles played in last year’s season that finished with a record.
Probably not, says new coach David Jacobs.
“A new coach always brings a new system,” Jacobs said. “We’re going to make our style fit our personnel.”
The Eagles have eight returning letter winners, three of which saw extensive court time last year.
“We’ve got some pretty good experience,” Jacobs said. “We’re just going to have to develop some depth to go along with it.”
Jacobs might be a newcomer to the Brady system but he’s no rookie. With 18 years of coaching under his belt, he’s developed a philosophy he feels works.
“I’m a big believer in defense,” the coach said. “Tough defense creates easy offense and easy offense builds confidence.”
With good shooters and smart players, Jacobs thinks his has what it will take to be successful.
“It will be a matter of teamwork,” he said, “and I think they carry over a lot of that from a good football season.”
Brady opens the season Friday at home hosting Wauneta-Palisade.
The Broncos defeated the Eagles in the district final last winter, dashing Brady’s hope for a state tournament berth.
“It will be interesting,” Jacobs said.
That goes for the whole season, in fact, the coach said.
“When you come into a system with limited knowledge of opponents, it can be both a good thing and a bad thing,” Jacob said. “I know very little about the teams we play but at the same time, other coaches don’t know much about my system. We’ve got to just go out and put together the first game and go from there.”
The Eagles will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the boy/girl doubleheader.
Members of the 2011-12 Brady boys basketball team are (*denotes letter winner):
SENIORS—Lincoln Blede, Sawyer Burke*, Tyler Egenberger*, Tyrel Grasz*, Tyler Kleinow*, Micah Most, Ryan Porter*.
JUNIORS—Kaleb Arterburn, Josh Boon, Marc Kramer-Davis, Zach Mann*, Michael Neiman, Bryley Roper*, Cole Viter*.
SOPHOMORES— Chris Porter, Eric Roe, Donnie Trisdale, Austin Widick.
FRESHMEN—Troy Lusk, Trevor Mann, Dalton Mays, Cody Most, Nick Robison, Jon Taullie, Chase Viter.