Silver Knights Have Talent
The 2019-20 edition of the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights boys basketball team looks to be competitive. While the Knights of Coach Steve Nutter will be without the services of all-state guard Griffin Phillips, point guard Nicholas Gorby and center Tyler West due to graduation, expectations remain high.
“We have a young squad with a few returners that have played Varsity filled with a good amount of athleticism. We’re going to have to create mayhem defensively to help us offensively. We have a great group of young men and it should be a great season,” said coach Steve Nutter.
Returning from last season will be six seniors with plenty of experience and talent to keep hopes high heading into the Knights home opener on December 14, when they host Van high school.
Mark Rucker a 6’1″ guard will be the main focus of most opposing teams as he has proven to be a scorer who hits the outside shot and takes it to the basket. Rucker is a great all-around player who plays tough defense. He runs the floor well and is a good passer.
Look for 5’11” senior guard Gage Huffman to team with Rucker to make one of the better backcourt duo’s in the area. Huffman is a physical player who handles the ball well and has shown he can knock down the outside shot with consistentcy. Both players have been apart of Knights basketball throughout their high school career.
Zack Placer a 5’10” senior letterman will likely get the call as a starter as he gave the Knights some quality playing time last season. Placer has improved his overal game knowledge and is a team player who makes things happen on both ends of the court.
A pleasant sight for coach Nutter so far has been the presence of 6’6″ senior center Garrett Littell. Hard work and dedication to the game has made him into a valued played for the Knights and something they haven’t had for a while in a true big man. He is a could rebounder and has a nice touch around the basket.
Seniors Noah Swiger and Gavin Morris will be able to step in and add support when needed. Both player are back from last year and have improved their game to where they will add the depth needed for a good season.
Junior Justin Bowman is back from last season and should fill one of the starting forward spots. He is a smooth player who at 6’1″ can play guard or forward. He has shown the ability to put the ball through the hoop and come up with some big plays.
Also looking for playing time will be junior guard David Throckmorton a 5’10” guard and sophomore Caleb Strode who is a first time varsity player with a lot of talent.
The Knights play four games leading up to the Christmas break with Van on the 14th, Parkersburg Catholic on the road on the 17th, St. Marys at home on the 20th and Valley on the road on the 23rd.
Make plans now for some good high school hoops as coach Nutter, and his troops are sure to bring excitement everytime they hit the floor.