By Brennan Stebbins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
For the third time in 4 years the Nevada boys basketball crew gained a minimum of 20 video games final season.
The Tigers went 22-4 and improved to 84-21 over the past 4 seasons. Nevada began the yr 9-0 and picked up one other Carthage Invitational championship after successful all three video games by a median of 18 factors.
A one-point loss at East Newton in January was the crew’s solely blemish in Massive 8 West play.
“We had some senior management with Dalton Gayman, who led us in scoring, rebounding and blocked photographs,” head coach Shaun Grey mentioned. “He was a tricky matchup for groups after which we had a variety of steadiness round him. We shot the ball very properly from the perimeter. Actually we have been a well-rounded crew on each ends of the ground and it was a gaggle of fellows that performed a variety of basketball collectively main as much as the season and saved it rolling. It was a enjoyable group to educate.”
Gayman averaged 21 factors, eight rebounds and three assists and signed with the College of Arkansas-Fort Smith to proceed enjoying on the Division 2 stage. He was a primary crew all-conference participant and was named Massive 8 West Participant of the Yr.
Nevada additionally misplaced one other starter to commencement in guard Noah Cheaney, in addition to 4 complete letter winners.
Happily for the Tigers, there’s nonetheless loads of returning expertise this winter.
Seniors Logan Applegate, Logan McNeley and Lane McNeley will all be three-year starters.
Applegate shall be a standout and is the crew’s main returning scorer after averaging 16.2 factors, 4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and a pair of.2 steals. He was a first-team Massive 8 West choice.
“We really feel like he’s one of many premier level guards within the state,” Grey mentioned. “He’s received a pair Division 1 presents on the desk proper now and he’ll lead our crew each within the locker room and on the ground.”
The 6-foot-2 Logan McNeley averaged seven factors, three rebounds and a pair of.5 assists final season, whereas 6-2 twin brother Lane scored 6.5 factors to associate with three rebounds and two assists. Each averaged higher than a steal a recreation.
“All three of these guys can shoot the ball extraordinarily properly from the perimeter,” Grey mentioned. “Applegate has large vary. He can shoot past the NBA three-point line with proficiency. They’re all three good at attacking the basket as properly. These three will set the tone for us and we’ll go as these three guys go.”
Grey additionally feels assured within the crew’s complementary items, even when the crew should substitute a 6-foot-7 presence with some shorter gamers.
Evan Rea is a 5-11 junior level guard who noticed motion in 15 video games final yr. Owen Swearingen is a 6-1 junior perimeter participant, a “D and three sort man,” Grey mentioned. Kartman Highley is a 6-3 junior submit participant who ought to contribute on the boards and defensively. And Eli Cheaney, Noah’s youthful brother, is a 6-1 junior who can play a number of positions and is a “excessive stage athlete.”
Case Sanderson is a 6-3 sophomore who performed in 9 varsity video games as a freshman and, like Cheaney, a “large athlete” who had a powerful soccer season.
Seven or eight others are additionally within the combine for taking part in time.
Grey mentioned the crew gained’t have the ability to substitute Gayman’s manufacturing with anybody participant, however hopes to switch him with total manufacturing.
“Will probably be a crew effort to switch the scoring and rebounding and inside protection,” he mentioned. “It must be a mindset factor. Will probably be each man stepping up and doing their half. The identical factor offensively. Logan and Lane McNeley a yr in the past actually didn’t look to do an excessive amount of, they only let the sport come to them they usually averaged six or seven factors a recreation figuring out we needed to run our offense by means of Dalton and Logan. With Dalton gone and all his shot makes an attempt gone, these two guys will see a rise of their workload and I’ve little question they’ll enhance their manufacturing to associate with the massive manufacturing we anticipate from Applegate.”
The crew’s 4 losses final season got here by a median of simply 7.5 factors and Grey mentioned this system has set a precedent the final 4 years that when the Tigers step on the ground they really feel they will compete with anyone on the schedule. Expectations stay excessive this winter with Nevada eying robust showings in tournaments just like the 74th Annual Carthage Invitational, Joplin’s Kaminski Basic and the Frontenac KANGI Event.
“Our aim is to make it to the championship recreation of these tournaments, give our self an opportunity to win these,” Grey mentioned. “In district play sadly we’ve run into a few of the finest groups within the state with Grandview, again to again champs, however no matter who we get put in a district with this yr we’d like to offer ourselves an opportunity to make it to the district championship recreation and provides ourselves an opportunity to win that. Expectations are excessive, they’ve been excessive for current years and we don’t count on that to alter.”