Talent key to Grainger’s chemistry

RUTLEDGE – The Grainger High School Grizzlies boys’ basketball team will have a different look this year compared to seasons past.

Grainger will rely more on a quick, guard-oriented offense, according to head coach Adam Wolfenbarger. 

“We lost most of our size and we will be a guard-heavy team, but I feel like as a whole unit, we have bigger guards. The game is moving quite a bit more towards a guard’s game and you really don’t see those back-down, bruising guys in the post as much anymore. Not that we don’t want size and when we face those big teams, we will have to do some different things. But I really like our guards and they shoot the ball well,” Wolfenbarger said.

Seniors Brody Grubb, Tristan Warfield and Logan Foster will help lead Grainger to success this season. Grubb is always a threat from outside, which means when other teams key on him, he will either shoot the ball over them or get it to the open man. Warfield has grown in both height and bulk. He is a dual-threat and can go into inside-outside mode. Foster’s work during the off-season on his condition has allowed him to get much quicker.

Another sharp shooter from outside is junior Emmanuel Atkins. He came off the bench last season and is one of the best defenders on the team. Jaxon Williams returns for his junior season as well and improved as the season went along last year. Ty Overbay, who Wolfenbarger said is one of the best athletes in any sport at Grainger High, will see more action. Landon Patterson will use the skills he learned on the football field to assist the Grizzlies on the hardwood. Reece Jones, Colin Crider and Jacob Chamberlain round out Grainger’s junior class and will be looked to for contributions during the 2020-21 campaign.

Wolfenbarger said he likes the fight and determination his team will have this year. 

“I think we will score it well and that was something we struggled in last year. We play better in transition, but we have to play better team defense which will lead to better opportunities on offense. We have competitors, and a hard-working bunch, and we are going to be able to lay it on the line every day. We get after it every day and we will bust our tails. We just have to funnel them into a common area,” Wolfenbarger said.

“Our biggest thing is coming together, having good team chemistry and be able to play well together,” Wolfenbarger said of the main challenge facing his team this year. “We have some dominating personalities, we have some guys that like to take the bull by the horn, and to get all these guys to come together and mesh is our biggest challenge. The talent is here and we can play with anyone night in and night out, it will just be our team chemistry,” Wolfenbarger said.

The Grizzlies travel to Northe Greene High School Thursday, November 19.