Posted On: 04/14/18 10:37 PM
Photo by Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
Six-foot-eight Camden Bialas looks to build off a strong junior year in his final season for Parker.
The Pheasants came up three points shy of making the state tournament this past season, but Bialas calls it a successful season overall.
“We had a good season,” Bialas said. “Unfortunately, we fell three points short of making the state tournament in our first year in Class A. In all, though, we came on strong together as a team and I’m excited to see what next year brings.”
This last season was the first season that Parker was in Class A and even though they had about the same regular season schedule as when they were in Class B, Bialas said he noticed a difference in the level of play this past season.
“We played almost the same regular season schedule this year compared to the year before,” Bialas said. “But there was a noticeable difference in the postseason. The teams applied a lot of ball pressure, which is something we were not used to. As a team, it is a focal point this offseason to improve in how we handle those situations.”
The Pheasants will look to come back next season and avenge their loss in the Round of 16. They will have a great shot at it as they only lose two seniors. Bialas is making sure that happens this summer by focusing on his jump shot.
“With us losing only two seniors this offseason, we have high hopes for next year,” Bialas said. “The main focus for us this offseason is skill development. As for me, I’m going to work hard on becoming stronger and working on my jump shot. I believe those two things will allow me to contribute more to the team so that we can achieve our goals.”
Along with getting shots up and working with the team during open gyms during the summer, Bialas is also playing with the South Dakota Attack.
“This summer, I’m playing with the South Dakota Attack,” Bialas said. “The team is stacked with talent, and I had a lot of fun playing with them last year. It also provided a lot of opportunities for me to play in front of college scouts. We have almost the same team as last year, in which we had plenty of success. I’m looking forward to the first tournament.”
Bialas will get a lot more opportunities to play in front of scouts this summer and next year in his senior year. He already has some schools looking at him going into his final seasons of AAU and high school ball.
“I’ve heard from multiple area schools,” Bialas said. “Dakota State, Dakota Wesleyan, Dordt College, and Wayne State to name a few. I hope to have an opportunity to play at the next level.”