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Posted On: 08/6/18 11:48 AM
Josh Albers will tell you quickly how much he enjoyed this spring/summer with Heat Nelson, both on the floor and off.
“I loved everything about playing with Heat Nelson,” the 6-3 guard said. “One memory that will stick is our state championship. We were a special group and we connected so well. I’m gonna miss playing with those guys for sure.”
The Heat capped off a stellar grassroots campaign with a 35-14 record, ranked 7th in the state and carrying the NHR State crown. Albers was a deadly weapon from outside, hitting treys regularly on top flare screens.
That scoring ability is carrying momentum for Albers into his senior campaign playing for the Mustangs of Mounds View who are looking to get better after a down 2017-18.
“Our outlook is to improve from last year. Our record did not reflect who we are and we want to prove that we’re a competitive team that can do some damage,” Albers explained.
Long-range sniping aside, Albers wants to remove that label he has across the metro as a simple shooter. “Most people know me as a shooter but I’m really trying to get better at driving to the hoop as well as being dominant on the defensive end,” he said. “I plan on improving all of those skills as well as continuing to get in the weight room before the high school season starts.”
With his projectable frame and scoring skills, Albers has heard from plenty of local programs over the summer.
”A lot of the MIAC has reached out to me in some shape or form. The 3 most notable are Gustavus, St. Olaf, and Macalester.”