Brady Nelson won’t shy away from a shot, but he’d rather not take all of them.
“I think it’ll be more spread out this year,” Nelson said. “We have a lot more pieces.”
Nelson accounted for nearly 30% of Greenup County’s shot attempts (419 of 1,444) in 2018-19. He tallied 17.7 points a game as the Musketeers achieved 11 wins under first-year Musketeers coach Robert Amis.
Amis agrees with Nelson’s assessment.
“This year, we have a deep-enough team, experienced-enough team to get out and run more,” Amis said.
When Nelson wasn’t shooting, he was dishing out assists. He led the area with seven dimes a game. Amis only envisions more.
“I expect those numbers to go up with what he has around him,” Amis said. “We’re looking forward to putting a great product on the floor.”
Amis abruptly silenced Nelson when he said he can dunk in warmups.
“You claim you can,” said the half-grinning coach.
Rodrell Dryden, Amis said, actually can. The 6-foot-5 transfer from Woodford County brings versatility and athleticism, Amis said.
“It’s something we didn’t have last year, so I’m hoping that pays dividends once games come around,” said the coach. “His athleticism and size alone can get him rebounds in this area; he’s got the ability to be tenacious on the boards.”
Amis said Dryden “can be a mismatch problem for a lot of guys.”
Dryden is fitting in well.
“I love this group,” he said. “I love everybody on the team. I’m thankful to be a part of the team, and hopefully we do some things this year.”
The brothers Carter return. Younger sibling Zander, an eighth-grader, has grown three or four inches since last year, Amis said. Zane averaged 5.3 points a contest a year ago.
Brady Burchett, a 6-3 senior, is more consistent now, Amis said.
“He’s probably one of our premier defensive players when he wants to be,” the coach said. “He had a great summer overall.”
Griffin Keeton is a “heady player,” Amis said, who can serve as a dangerous sixth man.
Burchett, Dryden, Keeton, Nelson, Ashton Lacey and Frisner Broyes comprise the senior group.
Amis foresees another season full of hard-fought 63rd District matchups.
“These guys grew up going against each other, with the exception of Rod, and it’s a dogfight every night,” Amis said. “Top to bottom, it’s the most competitive in the 16th Region; a lot of good individual players, a lot of good coaches, solid teams.”
Greenup County will try to crack into the 16th Region Tournament field for the first time since 2017. Amis calls that a real possibility.
“We are way more discipline-oriented than in the past,” Amis said. “They’re understanding and finding their roles, bringing a whole culture. I know that’s cliche when a coach comes into a new job, but I know we’ve changed that.”