Tyler Consolidated To Rely on Underclassmen
With only two seniors on the roster, Tyler Consolidated will rely heavily on the play of its underclassmen.
Led by first-year head Coach Bob Jones, who brings 31 years of Middle School and youth basketball coaching experience, the Silver Knights will have to turn to a squad made up of mostly of sophomores and juniors.
Jones is assisted by D.J. Cunningham. He has been with him at the middle school level for seven years, and Chad Gruber, who has fours years as his assistant. Jones said both have been a huge help to him over the years and he is happy to bring them with him to the high school level.
Two players who will play important roles for Coach Jones are a pair of 6-3 juniors, Quintin Richmond and Trent Smith. Both players have the ability to put points on the board and will be counted on to clear the boards. Richmond plays the center position while Smith will primarily be a power forward.
“We want to play a fast paced, uptempo, high energy type of game,” Jones said. “We will pressure the ball and try to create opportunities.”
Richmond and Smith will be counted on to get the ball out and start the transition.
“We are young. Two players from last year have graduated and eight chose not to play this year,” said Jones.
He said the team’s goal is, “to be competitive and to improve with each outing. Hard work, dedication, good attitudes and learning our system will make us a better team.”
Smith is an intelligent player and carries a 4.4 GPA. He can be counted on to do some good things and make himself a better player. Richmond has a working man’s attitude and will bring everything he has night after night.
The Knights play a 22-game schedule which includes Magnolia, Williamstown and St. Mary’s twice along with Ravenswood, River and Ritchie County. They open up on the road Dec. 8 at Valley and play in the the Paden City Christmas Classic on Dec. 11-12. The first home contest is Dec. 15, vs the St. Mary’s Blue Devils.