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Posted On: 11/20/18 9:40 AM
After talking with multiple HS players and coaches, it seems it may be a toss up on who has the best shot at winning a AA State Championship. Each team proves to have the personnel for a chance at the title.
With such a well rounded South Dakota class, each team will need some unexpected players to step up and have big games. O’Gorman has two seniors who have been waiting for their chance to breakout.
Cole Bruhn and Jeremy Jones have been stuck behind heavily talented lineups and have not yet been given a legit chance to showcase their skill sets.
Jones switched schools this past year, coming from SF Washington. Jones is a strong low post player that can bully down low or step out and play on the perimeter. In fact, Jones has been working on his outside touch all summer.
“You will see a lot more jumpers instead of forced shots at the rim. My motivation while training during the off-season was the whole transferring schools thing. There are certain people I’m going to prove wrong by showing how good of a teammate I am, how much I’m willing to give to win a game, and how hard I worked this summer to have the best season of my career.”
Jones saw some playing time in the beginning of last season for Washington but his minutes dwindled down as the year went on. Jones is looking forward to a bigger role for the Knights.
“Im someone who is going to outwork everyone in the gym. Im super excited for this upcoming season with my new teammates and new coaches. Im eager for practice to start.”
Cole Bruhn has been hiding in OG’s lineup over the last year and is primed and ready for his shot. After a season of 1-2 minutes per game, Cole attacked each workout this off-season in hopes of a bigger senior role.
“This summer I really worked on my outside shot and different ways to finish around the rim.”
Even without major varsity minutes, Bruhn has picked up an offer from Dakota State and has recently committed to the Trojans. Bruhn brings even more shooting talent to the Knights lineup. He is a guy that can play off the ball in space and can also take guys off the bounce to score or create for his teammates. He has all the skills a HS player needs to average double digits each game.
“I worked hard this offseason so I’m really excited to start practice with my team and to start playing games. I have the ability to knock down outside shots, get to the rim and defend at a high level.”
Both kids have a chip on their shoulder and have spent a full summer adding to their game. Thats a good recipe for an entertaining year at O’Gorman. It will be interesting to see how these guys help the Knight’s compete for a ring.