UC COACH HOPES ATHLETICISM TRUMPS INEXPERIENCE
The Indians graduated several seniors from the 2014-15 season, but do return some talented guards. Isaac Davison is now in his third year running point, who Coach Baldwin will look at to fill a leadership role and have another productive season. Isaac Jefferis and Tyler Thornhill are two players that coach says have made tremendous progress over the summer and are looking good as the season gets underway.
As the only non-guard returning player, senior Bailey Hughes brings a load of talent to team and can be a mismatch for a number of other post players around the league.
“He is a strong kid with great hands that can run the floor well and hopefully get some easy baskets in our fast breaks,” Baldwin noted.
Union City has a few newcomers to the varsity program, including Trevor Spence who coach says has a nose for the ball can help on the boards and be an inside/outside threat. Others are Aaron Foster, a good 3-point shooter; and Trevor Thompson, who moved to UC after his dad took over the football program, is a tall, smart player and will be big plus for the team offensively and defensively after he gets used to the program, according to Coach Baldwin.
The team has a few JV/varsity crossover players, Kayled Leedom, Zach Bradbury and Chase Jefferis, that Coach Baldwin says will be a help to the starters and gives them a chance to play at both levels.
Baldwin is hopeful for a successful season and the possibility at a shot for the Tri-Eastern Conference title, but says with the diversity of the conference this year… it will be a battle and we will need to play hard and stay healthy all season long.
The Indians host their Union City rival Mississinawa Valley in game two of the young season this Saturday in their home opener. Tip-off for junior varsity is 6 p.m.