On Wednesday, Nov. 13, Troy Buchanan senior Braden Nett signed to play at Wabash Valley College next year.
Nett, who plays as a guard for the basketball team, signed to play baseball in college but is now switching his focus and gearing up for his last basketball season in the Trojan uniform.
“My thoughts, being a senior, are just on leading the team and focusing on the sport ahead, which is basketball,” Nett said.
Out of 26 games played last season, Nett scored 211 points and was second on the team in rebounds with 101.
Even though he is a standout baseball player, Nett continues playing basketball because it’s something he has kind of always done.
“I grew up playing basketball so I’ve always kept that tradition alive all through high school,” Nett said.
As far as expectations go, they are set high after having a solid 2018/2019 season, and Nett fully believes his team can match, if not best, last season’s success.
“I’m looking forward to district time and to show that we can get there again,” Nett said. “Last year we made it to the district championship and then lost and the year before we lost, in the first round of districts.”
He said that getting to where they want to go will be an entire team effort.
“For the team, I am expecting us all to play together to get us there and for me, I just want to be with the team to get us there,” Nett said.
A team that plays well together isn’t something that just happens. It takes work, which Nett and his teammates seem to understand.
“It starts at practice. Being able to work for each other and know you have each other’s backs. That correlates to the game,” Nett said.
According to Nett, the Troy boys basketball team, after the first two weeks of practice, has really seen that cohesion.
This will be Tim Gilmore’s first season as Troy head coach, and Nett said that it is all the more important that they cultivate a culture of togetherness.
“It’s really important. That’s coach’s number-one emphasis,” Nett said. “That’s what he is preaching to us this year.”
Nett said that so far, Gilmore has stepped in and made the right impressions, bringing a level of experience to the court.
“As his first year, I’ve been really pleased with him. He knows what he’s talking about and we all trust him,” Nett said.