By Chris Parker
Gainesville boys basketball noticed an enormous leap in wins final season going from 5 wins in 2018-19 to 16 wins in 2019-20.
“We had a stable group that received some shut video games early within the season that I really feel constructed our confidence and we have been capable of hold competing effectively all year long,” head coach Morris Jenkins stated. “Our guys appeared to decide to workforce success and due to that had a good season.”
Bryce Hambelton is a key returning participant from that workforce. As a sophomore, Hambelton averaged 15.3 factors and eight.3 factors per sport on his strategy to first-team all-conference honors. He shot 70% from the sphere.
“Bryce did a very good job of enjoying to his strengths. He was capable of make the most of his dimension to be a constant scoring and rebounding menace. We have been additionally capable of encompass him with good shooters and passers they usually all appeared to work effectively collectively,” Jenkins stated. “When his depth stage is at a excessive stage he might be arduous to deal with. We count on him to be a extra constant rebounder together with creating extra psychological toughness to take care of opponents defensive methods used towards our workforce.”
Fellow juniors Landry Jenkins and Jake Leeker additionally return as starters. Leeker averaged 10.8 factors, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.5 steals per sport as a sophomore. Leeker contributed 8.7 factors, 3 rebounds and 4 assists per sport final 12 months.
“Landry has a powerful ardour for workforce success and demonstrates that each day. (He’s a) good workforce and place defender, and a very good shooter who strikes effectively with out the ball and has a very good understanding of workforce strengths,” Coach Jenkins stated. “Jake progressed effectively final season. (He) was a a lot improved participant within the lane final 12 months and improved his defensive play. (He’s a) good shooter who can also use his dribble to assist create workforce scoring conditions.”
Seniors Isaac Barnett and Westin Wilson together with junior Ryan Poe and sophomore Wyatt Alms, Grayden Rowbotham, Carter Sensible and Camdenton Evans all additionally return for Gainesville.
“We’re optimistic concerning the upcoming season and consider with the suitable effort and perspective we can have an opportunity to have a stable aggressive workforce,” Jenkins stated. “We’ve some key returning expertise and in addition just like the group of gamers that shall be competing to fill varsity spots. Our emphasis shall be to construct round nice effort and team-first perspective. Protection and rebounding need to be constant day in day trip and offensively we are going to attempt to execute to our strengths. Our hope is that when others see our workforce they see a gaggle that works effectively collectively, is respectful to all, and our play displays enthusiasm for what we’re doing. We hope to enhance all through the season and be enjoying our greatest ball in February.”
Gainesville opens the season on Nov. 24 at house towards Bakersfield.