Posted On: 08/29/18 9:57 AM

Kimball won 22 games a year ago and has a chance to be strong again this upcoming winter. Drew Gustafson returning is perhaps the biggest reason why.

Gustafson, a 6-foot-2 wing, spent the grassroots season playing with Comets Kirchner, where his ability to produce in a variety of ways contributed to a lot of wins.

“Summer went great; the guys that I played with made things go even better,” said Gustafson. “We had a lot of chemistry and I think that helped a lot. We went through some difficulties to injuries which left us short at times but it was a very successful summer.”

Gustafson does a little bit of everything. He can handle and pass the ball. He’s a knockdown shooter from deep and has the strength to get to the paint and either score or make plays. He’s good on and off the ball on the defensive side too. He’s not the most explosive guy, but he seems to have a high basketball IQ.

“I thought I played really well this summer and I really picked up my game towards the end of the season,” said Gustafson. “I got a lot better because of the competition we played against. I have a strong basketball IQ  and can see the floor really well. I can shoot the ball all around the court and I feel that I can guard any position. Some things I want to improve on are my quickness, shooting off the dribble and finishing at the rim.”

Gustafson’s drawn quite a bit of college interest and said he’s thought about potentially pairing up with some of his AAU teammates at the next level.

“My plan is to play college ball and I have quite a few schools talking to me,” Gustafson said. “Jamestown which I visited with [Comets teammate] Jackson Jangula, Mount Marty, Concordia which I loved when I visited, Bethany Lutheran, Bethel, Hamline and UNW.”