Nov. 27, 2013 — The West Carter boys basketball team is a young group and coach Jeremy Webb knows it.
With four seniors, three sophomores and seven freshman on the squad this year, the Comets, while essentially built for the future, are living in the now as they get ready for the 2013-14 season.
“That’s where we’re at right now,” Webb said. “We have a lot of young kids that are very talented basketball players that we will have to rely on heavily to provide some support for those seniors. Our seniors are going to have to provide good leadership for us. They’ve been there and done that.”
There is no Kyle Brown. There is no Dustin Black. They will be without Tristen Mitchell because of an injury during football season. But Webb is expecting his team to step up and fill those gaps.
“I know that we as seniors need to be good leaders to these young guys,” senior Jacob Layne said. “We need to keep their heads up when they make mistakes. Tell them to forget about it and make the next play and try and help them to focus the best that I can.”
Webb is not making any excuses. He and the Comets have rolled up their sleeves and went to work in the offseason to get his young players ready for the 2013-14 season.
“We’ve got some of them some playing time at the varsity and junior varsity level but they’ve really progressed nicely throughout the offseason and early on this year in practice,” Webb said.
And the Comets are expecting better results for the 2013-14 year.
“Once we get everybody settled in, I think we’re going to be a team that won’t be at their best early on in the season,” Webb said. “Hopefully we’ll progress throughout the year and try to get ourselves in a position to give us another shot in the regional tournament again.”