Greene County Coach Posted November 18, 2021 Share Posted November 18, 2021 This should be a good year for the top teams in the conference... The rest have some big unknowns or will be rebuilding. Linton- If the Summer is any indication of the type of team this will be in 2021-2022... be ready for a different style of play from the last few years. Passing and sharing the ball was the big thing on offense, while watching Joey Hart & Company develop into a very dangerous offensive team. The defense was better than the last few years... lots of length in the starting 5 and all 5 guys could switch without giving up too much. I think they went 30-3 with losses to Brebeuf and TH North (North once again had a kid go nuts from the 3 point line... even hitting the game winner), and Lakota East out of Cincinnati. Lakota East was the only one that kept a steady 8-10 point lead on us throughout the game. We shot horribly against the other two, while they made contested shots. The Senior class will have Drew Smith, Ayden Riggleman, Jackson Fields, and Japheth House. Smith was the #3 scoring option this Summer. At 6'1" 210+ lbs of muscle, he is a difficult matchup for most teams. Riggleman will have opportunities to play off the ball and be a shooter. He had mixed results as a PG at the Freshman and JV levels, but he is a solid shooter. Fields is more of an old school big man when it comes to skill, but at 6'0"... he will struggle to find a niche with a team full of 6'2"+ players. House is a streaky shooter... his ball handling and defense will need to improve to crack the rotation. The Juniors are led by Joey Hart. Hart is a 6'5" shooter who has above average athleticism... for the college level. He is a legit D1 talent who will likely receive offers from a lot of big programs. The #2 scorer will be Logan Webb. Webb is a 6'3" matchup problem. He is too strong for guards to handle in the post... too skilled for bigs to handle. Most teams don't have enough size and athleticism to guard the starting 5. Wrigley Franklin rounded out the starting 5 this Summer. At 6'2"+ and 220 lbs, he provides an interesting skill set. He handles the ball well... willing and good passer... he also could switch onto all 5 positions defensively. He doesn't look to score, but he is improving is a capable option. If he can hit open shots, this team becomes very dangerous. Nathan Frady and Jaxon Walker are the other Juniors looking to play a lot of varsity. Frady is a 6'4" big man with a nice 3 point shot. He isn't quick enough to guard all 5 positions, so expect a zone if he is in. The Sophomore class is led by Braden Walters. He is an outstanding defender, good ballhandler, solid passer, and can take the ball to the basket. He will need to elevate his scoring a little bit this year, which shouldn't be a problem. Since everyone handles the ball and looks to hit the open teammate... he should have more opportunities to look for his own scoring opportunities. Jamison Fields is another Sophomore who should be positioned to at least dress varsity. I don't see any Freshman ready to contribute at the varsity level. Linton does have a strong 8th grade team that will challenge next year for JV time and possibly varsity minutes. Bloomfield- This Bloomfield group should be a very good 1A team. The Senior class is led by Baylin Graf... he is strong inside/outside threat at 6'2". Ethan Dean, Chris Royal, and Ryan Shulte will provide ball handling and shooting. Royal stepped up as a solid 2nd option to Graf late in the season. The Junior class will have Brett Sherrard, Hank Skomp, Justin Beard, and Peter Combs fighting for time. A few others will likely play JV. Combs looked to be a legit 6'5" and seemed to be filling out. His play could elevate this team to a deep run in the tournament. Sherrard will provide ball handling and defense, while Skomp will provide shooting. Beard had some big scoring games as a JV player... if he has improved... he could be a great addition to the full time rotation. There are a couple Sophomores who could be in the mix. North Daviess- The Big 3 of Mullens and the Wilson twins are as good as any 3 perimeter players in the area. Mullens is a good lead guard who has become a bigger scorer. The Wilson twins are good wing scorers who can drain a deep 3 as easily as finishing at the rim. They are all juniors. The Britton kid started this Summer as a Senior. He is a good shooter. They only had one big man... he seemed content to hang out at the 3 point line. They will have a host of solid sub 6'0" guards to rotate in and out. North Daviess has won 4 straight 8th grade SWIAC championships... I'll be interested to see if they are able to win it at the HS level this year. Shakamak- This team could be interesting if their new coach can convince everyone to play. Seniors will have Coy Gilbert and Carson Jernigan return as guards. Oscar Pegg and Joe Van Sant will be eligible after transferring from Bloomfield. I would imagine Brayson Shipman will provide some size up front. If Coach Crowe can convince Guyler Gorby (6'4") and Tyler Vivian (6'3") to play... this is a solid Senior group. Brady Yeryar may be the lone Junior contributor. JT May and Will Miller will headline the Sophomore class. May is a good shooter, but his defense is suspect and an athletic defender seemed capable of locking him up. Will Miller has some skill, but he simply wasn't strong enough to play in physical match ups. This team could be solid with a starting lineup of Gilbert, May, Pegg, Gorby, and Jernigan, VanSant, or Vivian. The other two with Miller and Yeryar off the bench is 9 solid players. White River Valley- New coach should add a little bit to the program. The feeder program seems to be improved, but there are a couple weak classes filtering through the HS. Max Hostetter should be much better after his baptism by fire as a freshman PG. He will need to be the alpha dog... this goes against his natural inclination to distribute the ball. He will need to be their best player. I'm not real familiar with the Senior class... Parker Stone could provide another athlete in the backcourt.... I haven't heard if he is playing. The Junior class will have two shooters. Wade Hall and Jared Franklin. Hall is about 6'3" and a high effort kid. Franklin is a crafty scorer. Neither are exceptionally quick. The Sophomore class has a few kids that will need to step up. North Central- This group will be led by DeShawn Clark. He is a crafty guard that has had some big games over the last few years. Trevor Hadley should return as a big with some ball skills. Ison and Seay will also return. Ison has become a solid rotation guy... Seay will provide some athleticism. They should have at least a few more contributors graduate from the JV. Clay City- I'm not sure how many seniors they have, but the Junior class is solid. Reilly Myers returns at PG.. Swearingen should provide some shooting... I think there is an Adams kid that is solid as well. There was a big man (6'3" or so) who was a Jr. but he didn't play against Linton. This was one a few teams I didn't see much of this Summer. Eastern- Coach Hudson will have his work cut out for him. The T-Birds return 2 starters in Rippy and Valentine. Rippy is 6'7" and can be a load underneath... Valentine a sweet shooting guard. Ripp was hurt during football season... hopefully that won't spill into basketball season. After those 2... the bottom falls out. Now they will work in a bunch of Freshman and Sophomores hoping they are ready for varsity. I don't think they will be there. Last year's JV team was not very good and the 8th grade team was only average. This baptism by fire might help prepare the T-Birds for the next couple of seasons. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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