Freshmen Must Adjust to High School Basketball

Basketball player shoots free throw
Freshman starting center Brady Hunt shoots a free throw in a varsity basketball game.

By Jack Shafer

Eagle’s Eye Online

The transition from middle school to high school is hard, especially in athletics. Freshman Brady Hunt has experienced this the most. He is a starter on the varsity basketball team.

“The guys are bigger and a lot faster as well as so much stronger, and they are so much harder to guard,” Hunt said.

Coming from no high school basketball experience and becoming a varsity starter is difficult. Even if you just play freshman basketball it is still hard to adapt to the transition in age.

Freshman player Luke Belangee, who played basketball all three years at the middle school, said, “One year older and they are a bit stronger and they are smarter with the ball compared to eighth grade.” Basketball player dribbles up court

During this transition it may be hard for a player to adapt to the change in speed and skill and they may need some support from a coach or another player or a family member.

“Coach Detweiler and Coach Marshall have been the biggest support during the change because they taught me how to be strong and play in the post,” Hunt said.

Coach Detweiler is the head coach and Coach Marshall is a varsity assistant.

Freshman player Riley Woodin also said, “Coach Mayham, our freshman coach, has helped me out a lot.Coach Matham is the G.O.A.T.”

So the change from the middle school to high school is difficult to adjust in basketball and it takes a lot of skill and effort to become successful. You have to be willing to put in the work to become who you want to be.

There are many differences in the change from middle school to high school. In addition to greater speed and size, you may not play with your original eighth-grade teammates. If you have played with the same team for awhile it is hard to adapt without them. Basketball player defends

“It is really hard to adapt to the changes in scenery and how some of the players from eighth grade are not there,” Woodin said.

Brady Hunt has moved up to varsity and Logan Manor and Trey Thornburg, two other freshmen, have moved up to JV.