Posted On: 11/28/18 9:30 AM

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Westbrook-Walnut-Grove won 24 games a year ago and won the Red Rock Conference. Four starters are gone from that team but Andrew Quade, the one remaining starter, is a great building block for 2018-19.

Quade, a six-foot senior guard, averaged better than 15 points per game last season and as the lone returning starter, he’ll have an opportunity to put up huge numbers this winter. He spent the spring and summer playing D1 Minnesota Rise where he had a chance to test himself against elite competition on a regular basis.

“The summer was really fun playing AAU,” said Quade. “Getting to play in front of a lot of college coaches every game kind of brings your game to another level. Playing against great players every game is a great experience because you can never take a game off.”

Quade is an effective scoring guard who excels with the ball in his hands. He’s a solid shooter and has a crafty in-between game which allows him to score on the interior as well. He’s a pesky defender at the point-of-attack and uses his smarts to be in good positions.

Quade’s drawn some interest in a number of Division III schools over the last year or so.

“I’ve had several Division III schools contact me about playing basketball but I haven’t made a decision if I want to play at that level yet or not,” he said.

WWG’s won 48 games the last two years and while the core of that success is gone with last year’s senior class, Quade is back as are a couple other rotation guys. Expectations may not be quite as high at this point, but the Chargers won’t be a pushover by any stretch of the imagination.

“Last year we were conference champions and we lost four starters who were main components,” Quade said. “But we will just have to get better every practice and beat teams by doing the little things better. In our section, there are six or seven teams that can win it this year so it will come down to who is playing the best basketball in March.”