Reeds Spring boys basketball has the tough task of replacing a strong senior class that led the Wolves to a 13-win season last year. Among that group of graduated players were all-conference selections and leading scorers Lane Carroll and Logen Plumb.
“That was a great group that made a lot of memories that I’ll always remember,” head coach Barry Yocom said. “I believe the legacy they left was a legacy of buy in and a great work ethic.”
Troy Froeschle is the only returning player that saw time in every game last season. He averaged seven points per game over 27 games.
“For Troy we just look for him to expand his role; to be a leader and set the tone for us on both ends of the court, be a leader, and have an aggressive mentality,” Yocom said.
Lance Hafar saw time in 24 varsity games last year as a freshman. He averaged 3.9 points per game. The six-foot-six sophomore will see an expanded role this season.
“That wasn’t part of our initial plan last year, but we had a situation where opportunities opened up, and his length helped him make the most of those opportunities and increase his playing time as a freshman. He has matured as a player and worked hard on expanding his game to be more well-rounded,” Yocom said.
Senior Josh DeJarnette (6’5) and juniors J.T. Bayliff (5’10) and Al Chavez (6’0) all lettered last season and will be key varsity players this year.
Brandon Reeves-Eakins (6’4 junior), Dylan Kelley (6’3 junior), Nate Cerny (5’10 junior), Tony Leal (6’2 junor), Micah Asbill (5’10 sophomore), Ty Cooper (5’11 freshman), Evan Gross (5’9 freshman) and Austin Lewis (5’10 sophomore) are all newcomers to the varsity level this season.
The reserve group will be important to Reeds Spring’s success.
“I think we will have the opportunity to put some length on the floor and have potential to get more production from our bench,” Yocom said.
Yocom will look for the team to gel in the early season with many new players taking on key roles.
“This is fairly a new group that hasn’t played together very much, so we will need to gel together, buy into roles, gain experience, and stay healthy to give ourselves a chance to be successful,” Yocom said.
Reeds Spring opens the season on Nov. 26 in the Forsyth Tournament.