By Amanda Perkins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
The Houston Tigers suffered zero losses to graduation and have spent the off-season working to improve on last year’s eight-win season.
“We are a senior-dominated team with every point and rebound returning from last season,” said head coach Rod Gorman, who enters his fourth year at Houston. “We have depth, size, and experience. We expect to be much more competitive; we will be aggressive in using our size, depth, and experience in pushing to have a more successful season.”
Clayton Moore (6’0,” senior) made the all-conference and all-district teams and was Houston’s leading scorer with 17 points per game. He continues to expand his game and looks to have another big year.
Senior Kyler Ramsey struggled through injury but still managed to average 5 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game and picked up an honorable mention nod in the conference. “He is extremely valuable when we can keep him on the floor,” said Gorman. “We need Kyler to stay healthy and to be the floor general.”
Dakota Burchett (6’3”, senior) is expected to develop into a consistent scorer and rebounder. Classmate Connor Wilson was a surprise starter last year. At 6’5”, he led the team with rebounding, averaging 6 per game, and should have a big senior year.
Jaekan Moss (6’2”, senior) and Sterling Jackson (6’0”, senior) each will be expected to increase offensive production, and Moss will also be tasked with rebounding. Senior Tristan Leier (6’0”) is the team’s defensive spark and has the ability to change the momentum of the game.
Ty Franklin is a talented athlete with size and skill. The 6’4” junior was second leading scorer and rebounder with 9 points and 4 rebounds per game, and also averaged 2 steals each night. The Tigers need him to have a breakout season.
Korbyn Tune is a 6’3” sophomore with strength and skill and can also help out on varsity.
New faces include Jacob Moseley, a 6’2” junior who is athletic and could contribute varsity minutes, and Dalton Dzurick, a 6’1” hard-working senior pushing for a starting position.
Several key contributors also play football, but the Tigers still plan to be competitive early in the season.
“This group of seniors were freshmen my first year at Houston,” said Coach Gorman. “They have worked extremely hard and are determined to do what is right. They have high expectations and are excited about this upcoming season.”
The Tigers open their season at Licking Nov. 25.