Josh Bryan Helps Lead Basketball Team to 17-Win Regular Season

Basketball player in actionJunior Josh Bryan protects the ball from his Yorktown defender. By Jacy Bradley

Eagle's Eye Online

Junior Josh Bryan has been on fire this basketball season. He is leading the Delta Eagles in 3-point percentage and most points scored. He's the only returning varsity player, but that hasn’t stopped him.

Junior Wesley Woodin, Bryan’s teammate, said, “Josh has become more of a leader this year. Last year he was just a shooter, but he has really stepped up into a big role and played hard.”

Woodin said Bryan is a major part of their wins and their successes. The Eagles have finished the regular season at 17-6. They have the most victories this year since the 2008-09 season and tied for second place in the Hoosier Heritage Conference.

“Josh has put a lot of work in this year and in the offseason. Being the only returning varsity player this year, he really carried us and pushed us,” Woodin said.

The Eagles’ first-year head coach, Mr. Mark Detweiler, said Bryan has put toil and effort in the offseason and has gotten physically stronger because of it.

“He’s invested the time you have to have to do what he’s doing,” Detweiler said.

Detweiler, who coached for many years at Union County High School before coming to Delta, has had another standout player in the past that he compares to Bryan. The player was a lefty and eventually went on to play point guard at the University of Chicago. Detweiler puts Bryan above him in terms of scoring and in size.

“I think he can be the best player I’ve coached,” Detweiler said.

Bryan said that the reason the young team has played so well is they play as a team.

“We play together and it makes us that much better,” Bryan said.

He has been double-teamed often this season but is still averaging about 21 points per game. Opposing teams know how well he plays, so most teams change part of their defenses to accommodate to that. At first, he said it was intimidating to him, but now he makes the best out of what he’s given.

“I’m used to it, so I just try to use my teammates a lot more in those situations,” Bryan said.

Detweiler said that they drill often to isolate Bryan and make him feel that pressure. They drill on moving and taking advantages of match-ups, because Bryan, even while being a shooter, is 6-foot-4, which can throw off opposing teams.

Coming soon for the Eagles will be the New Castle Sectional. Delta will play the semifinal game against the winner of the second game. They will either play Yorktown or Blackford on Friday night, March 2.

Bryan and the rest of the Eagles are preparing for this game harder than they ever have before. The team hasn’t won a sectional game in six years, and this year could be the year they change that.

“We want to win and we have a good chance this year. It’s a long time coming,” Bryan said.