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Posted On: 01/22/18 12:47 PM
Simley senior scorer Jake Binley is scoring 23.6 points per game for the Spartans and he talked to NHR today about his senior, and his future team!
“This season has been a big learning experience for all of us,” Jake said. “We started out 5-0 and then we had a rough patch where we went 1-6.
“We came into the season with a lot of inexperience so I believe the main goal for me has been trying to help our guys get on the same page and defend harder and I think we’re continuing to grow and learn from our experiences as the season goes on.”
Simley beat local rival South St. Paul by ten last Tuesday to end a run of seven losses in eight games. Simley was 5-0 but once the schedule picked up the Spartans have had some tough games.
Jake has hdd some big games including 27 at St. Thomas, 41 against Como Park, and 28 against Harding.
“I think overall I’ve mostly improved at scoring in the paint,” BInley said. “I think my sophomore and junior year I was allowed a lot of catch and shoot opportunities and I think as time has gone on I’ve learned how to score in the post, off the dribble and in many other ways.
“I think I’ve become a much more consistent three-point shooter over the summer and I think a lot of that has to do with Mitch Ohnstad and all he did to help me with my shot.”
Simley has Binley to score and Isaiah Robinson is getting his 18 a game but there isn’t much experience on this team at all after the two main producers.
“This year we have some inexperience. I think we aren’t the tallest team but we have some length and we can space the floor pretty well. We expect to compete in sections but we have to continue to improve during conference play.”
Jake is having the type year you would expect from a hard working talent like himself. Binley wants to help continue growing the program for the future and is willing to do whatever is needed to help.
“I think individually I just want to effect the game in as many ways possible in every game,” Jake said. “I want to be vocal on the defensive end and be the leader on our team setting people up, scoring, and rebounding.
“As a team we want to keep improving as much as we can and learn from every game to put us in the best position to win in sections.”
Binley has recently made his college decision choosing to go to school and play basketball for St. John’s.
“I think that the best thing about St. John’s for me was the relationship I had with the coaches and players and the culture there as well as the support from the alumni based. I’m really excited about my decision and can’t wait to get up there.”