Practices increase for Prep Basketball

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Athletics, On the Court

By Junhee Han, Staff Reporter

This year the Prep Basketball players are practicing hard, even after study hall. Many of them go to the gym to improve their skills shooting and handling the ball. There are 14 players, and three returners became captains, Jared Whitt, Malachi de Sousa and Anthony Nelson.

Coach Bill Barton is a main coach of the team. According to several players, coaches and captains lead their team nicely.

The season will start in mid-November, with the first game Nov. 15, so they are practicing hard to get better results than the team has seen in past years. Post Grad Jaiyer Jinwright is one of the new basketball players who is practicing hard.

“Everything is going well for the most part. As the pre-season progresses, the team has come together more and more,” Jai said.

After shoulder and knee injuries, he’s looking forward to a healthy season. He has a passion for basketball and wants to achieve a dream.

“I love basketball. This extra year is going to help me recover from my injury and prepare physically for college,” Jai said.

Jared Whitt, a post grad, is a captain of the team who leads team and has worked to bond the players.

“Along with working out together every day, we spend a lot of time together as a team in the dorms, dining hall, and in the classroom,” Jared said.

“Our goal is to win the NEPSAC AA championship,” Jared said. “The hardest part is facing the adversity that comes with having a group of guys from many different places and backgrounds, but we always find a way to get things done.”

This year’s team may have many different players but continuity in the quality of play is expected.

“There’s not much of a difference from last year; we have another group of good, hardworking individuals with a common goal.”

As the captain he feels a responsibility to his team and tries to help new players, as well as work on his own career.

“The most important thing in my basketball career is to use the game as a tool to go to a good school and get a good job,” Jared said.

All players are ready for the games to start in November, and this will be the first step toward their dreams.

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