6 things we learned from the Courier-Journal St. X Basketball Media Day
Coach Klein, along with seniors Connor McKim, Billy Basham and Will Olsen, talked today at The Courier-Journal Basketball Media Day. Here is what we learned about this year’s Tigers:
This team is going to be senior oriented
Seven seniors return for Tiger Basketball this season and almost all of them will be playing big minutes.
“These guys bring a winning attitude,” Coach Klein said. “These guys are all four year players.”
Besides McKim, Basham and Olsen, the Tigers return seniors Alex Hulse, Austin Brian, Connor Knight and Daniel Ryan.
Depth could be key this season
The Tigers will be looking to play 8-10 guys which could lead to a more fast paced team. Coach Klein said he is going to want to extend his full court defense and pick up the tempo on defense.
“With Billy Basham’s defensive mindset, [McKim and Olsen] and the overall athleticism we have for us this year is encouraging,” Klein said. “I think we are going to be able to pick up the tempo defensively.”
They will still play fast on offense and look to get their weapons touches and see if they can make plays in the open court.
The Waggener loss has motivated them
The Waggener loss in the Region tournament last year has stuck with them, and they are using it as motivation coming in to this year.
Olsen said Coach Glaser brings it up all the time. The fact that they lost at the end of the game still seems to ling, and it’s easy to see that they don’t want that to happen again.
This is Connor McKim’s team
Although Coach Klein never went out and said it directly, it seems like this is going to be McKim’s team. Klein is looking to McKim to be an extension of the coach on the floor and get everyone involved.
“[McKim] gets to the rim really well,” Klein said. “He has one of the best mid range shots that I have coached, and you don’t see that a whole lot in today’s game.”
The experience McKim gained last year will most likely be the reason in his improved play this year.
Basham is back to playing basketball
Basham is coming off being a part of the back to back state champion golf teams. Now that he has put up the clubs, he is back to the hardwood.
“I was a little rusty coming back at first,” Basham said. “After a couple of days of conditioning and getting some shots up, I felt it coming back to me.”
Chemistry isn’t a worry, as Basham and the rest of his teammates remained close during the off-season.
Coach Glaser has had an effect in the weight room
As most of you know, former Tiger Football head coach, Mike Glaser, now helps out Tiger Basketball with strength and conditioning. Its seemed today that Glaser has made an impact on the team and has really helped out during their workouts.
Basham said he is there everyday and helps them work 110% on ever set everyday. That extra effort in the weight room could lead to close wins as other teams wear down.
The Tiger Basketball team will tip off against Bowling Green in a scrimmage on November 21 at 5:30 pm.