Just because basketball season is long gone, don’t think that the local talent isn’t still hard at work crafting their skills.
A pair of West Holmes Knights juniors were selected to participate in the Ohio State versus Indiana Games in Knightstown, IN recently.
Josh Neer and Chance Cline represented the Knights basketball program in the contest. The game is designed to motivate, encourage and assist high school students to pursue higher education. Another goal of the event is to encourage character, leadership in students as they grow toward their college years.
According to legendary high school and college coach of 37 years Mike Walker, this event is a big honor to play in. A large number of college scouts attend the annual event.
“We’ve had some kids go out in the past, and it is an opportunity for these guys to be seen by some colleges, so it is a great opportunity,” said West Holmes coach Keith Troyer.
“Both of them said it was a great experience for them, and they both played well. Both of them are hoping to play at the next level, so this is a good chance for them to be seen.”
Cline made it a memorable time when he shattered the event’s 3-point shooting contest, nailing seven out of nine long range attempts during the competition, exhibiting an uncanny ability to connect from downtown.
They weren’t the only Knights staying on top of their game. Senior All-Ohio teammate Brady Arnold attended the North-South All-Star game Sunday, April 27, and played with the top stars throughout Ohio.
Arnold, bound for Div. II runner-up West Liberty University, scored just four points, but was utilized as a point guard throughout an evening filled with typical, offensive showcase weaponry play.
“It was an all-star game, so it was a lot of high-flying offense, but Brady did fine,” said Troyer. “It really gave him a chance to play against the kind of competition he is going to be facing next season with West Liberty. He was playing against guys headed for Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue, so the talent was incredible.”
In addition to prior showcases, Troyer said that he has several players, including Neer, Cline, Nate Hall, Josh Goudy and Connor Roach, who will be attending a one-day camp filled with college coaches and scouts.
Plus, Blaine Hagar, Cody Straits and Trenton Bridenthal are all busy playing AAU ball, so the continuing effort is there.
“It’s all an opportunity to keep working, to keep getting better,” said Troyer.