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Posted On: 11/19/18 12:00 PM
One year after helping Halstead win a Kansas 3A state championship, 2019 guard Braden Gerber is looking forward to a big senior season.
At 6’2, Gerber is a strong, crafty guard who finishes well around the rim and takes pride in defending exceptionally well. He says he played mainly with his high school team over the summer, working on improving team chemistry and gearing up for the 2018-19 season.
He says he spent the offseason working on his jump shot, both set and off the dribble.
“ I also spend a lot of time in the weight room working on my strength and explosiveness,” he says.
Halstead returns two starters from its state championship squad and two other players who saw significant varsity minutes.
“We are also bringing up some other guards who are great 3 point shooters,” Gerber said. “We have high expectations and we are excited to see what the season holds.”
Gerber says his dad has had the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.
“He has played a significant role in shaping me both as a young man and as a basketball player,” Gerber said. “He is always more than willing to unlock the gym for me and spend extra time helping me critique my game.”
A fan of Kansas State’s Barry Brown, Gerber says he appreciates how is capable of playing at a high level despite his short stature.
“As an undersized guard in a Power 5 conference, my favorite part of his game is how well he finishes on larger players and is something I try to imitate,” Gerber said.
Gerber currently holds an offer from Southwestern College and has been in contact with several other coaches including Fort Hays State University, Washburn, Benedictine, Colorado School of Mines and Bethel.