Coach Brent Deckert returns for his 16th season at Brandon Valley, a run that includes seven state tournament appearances with the most recent being in 2013. Last year the team finished with ten wins despite a slow start to the season.
Coach Deckert’s Class AA favorites
Sioux Falls O'Gorman
Sioux Falls Washington
***These are excluding his own team of course
Coach Deckert on his Junior Class
The following are returning letterman:
Alex Waltner – 6-3, Junior Guard. “Alex had huge responsibility on last year’s team. Starting every game at point guard as a sophomore, he became a very consistent performer. Averaging 4.5 assists per game, Alex turned himself into a special leader.”
Spencer Grage – 6-5, Junior Forward. “Spencer, like Alex had a more responsibility than we wish to give sophomores but he also used his varsity playing time to our advantage. Spencer ended the year as our 2nd leading rebounder and was asked to guard some incredible post players. Spencer had a great summer and off season and we are eagerly looking forward to his junior season.”
Carter Klatt – 5-10, Junior Guard. “Carter came off the bench last year and played in every varsity game from January through the end of the year. Much like Riley, Carter is huge effort kid. You never has to ask for more out of Carter. Carter has worked himself into being a smarter decision maker and a great free throw shooter.”
Wilson Kolbeck – 6-0, Junior Guard. “Wilson earned himself some varsity playing time year through most of January. Wilson is a very athletic player and will only improve with more and more experience. Unfortunately, his 10th grade year was cut short due to an early February injury.”
Brandon Larsen – 6-3, Junior Forward. “Brandon played some varsity near the end of the year. He made the most of his opportunity, he brought us some energy when we really needed it. It was a great look for us and what we are looking forward to viewing over his next 2 years.”
Coach Deckert on Riley Bennett
**Bennett is the lone Brandon Valley senior returning with varsity experience.
Riley Bennett – 5-11, Senior Guard. “Riley came off the bench for us last year and brought an incredible amount of energy to our team. He is a grinder and an outstanding ball defender and you’ll never see a lack of effort from Riley.”
Coach Deckert on Others
The following players will fight for the final positions in the varsity rotation:
Collin Wells – 5-10, Senior Guard
Noah Laycock – 6-6, Senior Post.
Drew Jurgens – 6-8, Junior Post.
Cooper Olthoff – 6-5, Junior Forward.
Jack Talcott – 6-5, Junior Forward.
Zach Schloten – 6-5 Junior Guard.
Chase Grode – 5-11 Junior Guard.
Hunter Schlotman – 6-1 Junior Guard.
Dayton Johnson – 6-2 Junior Forward.