Young Eagles could soar
Pleasant Home head basketball coach Troy Turman said that they Eagles will be young this season, but that they are full of potential heading into the 2015-2016 high school basketball season.
“We are going to be a very young team this year,” Turman said. “It’s hard to really gauge where we are at right now because we just haven’t been able to keep a consistent schedule due to junior high games still going on. I’m hoping we have had enough practice to be ready to play on Tuesday, but those first four games of the season are really going to be like practice for us. We have a lot to learn in those first four games.”
Pleasant Home will open up the season at home against Samson on Tuesday and then will be back in action at home Thursday against Red Level. On Friday, the Eagles will make a long trip to Boaz.
“That is going to be a long trip against some good teams,” Turman said. “We are really excited about that trip, but we are glad to be at home for the first couple of games. Win or lose in those first few games, it will just help us get acclimated.”
The Eagles come into the season with just two seniors on the roster and Chase Gunter is the only senior returning for last year’s team.
“I expect Gunter to really step up this season and be a scorer for us,” Turman said. “Outside of that, I will be interested to see who else will step up and be a consistent scorer for us. That is my biggest concern coming into the season, where will points come from? I’m looking for who will step up and take control. We need three guys who step up and score on a consistent basis and we will be OK.”
Turman said that the Eagles will be setting their sights on getting better each game, and putting themselves in position to host the area tournament.
“I’m not so much worried about our record at this point,” Turman said. “I would take the same record as last season (11-16) if we are No. 1 in the area. Right now, we just want to work on development. I have 23 guys in the high school program right now and only two of those are seniors. We know that there will be growing pains along the way, but this will be good for us down the road. We want to build on what we started last year, and each season we want to add to that.”
Turman said the main thing he wants to see out his players this year is improvement each and for them to at least compete in every game.
“I want to see us compete in every game this season,” Turman said. “We have to do the little things right. One thing we have stressed is improving basketball IQ, and just playing smarter.”
Turman said that one key for the Eagles this season will be to get to the charity stripe more often.
“We are going to play a lot of teams that are going to be more athletic than us,” Turman said. “One thing we have to do is get to the free throw line more. We are a good shooting team, but to get to the line we have to play more aggressive and attack the basket in order to draw fouls.”
Turman said although the Eagles are young, they still have a team that could make a run in the playoffs if they can reach their full potential as a team.
Pleasant Home will begin the varsity basketball season on Nov. 17, when they host Samson.