LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - As high school basketball games are happening across our area, JCPS gyms sit empty on game nights. “It’s very frustrating. I’ve got to be honest, because I am a competitor, I feel like I’m all about equality. So, if someone’s playing, I feel like everyone should be playing,” said Fern Creek head coach, James Schooler.
As of now, practices are scheduled to begin this coming week with games beginning February 1st. Until then, coaches and players are limited to what they can do to prepare for a shortened season. Only individual workouts and practices with small groups of players are permitted. Coaches are using this time to show their team film, and build team bonding.
When the season was abruptly ended last year, Male was the #1 team in the state, and are among the favorites to win this year. Getting back to the Sweet 16 and winning a title has been a driving force for the Bulldogs throughout the offseason. “Very hungry. That’s all we think about. Get back to Rupp,” said sophomore, Kaleb Glenn. Like everyone else in JCPS, Male is scrambling to put together a schedule. “I’m still confident that we can get 23 to 24 games in, and that’s a full season,” said head coach, Tim Haworth.
For the teams, they’re getting a late start on a possible state championship run, but for the players as individuals, they’re getting a late start on getting that all important film out to college recruiters. Christian Spalding is a junior at Eastern High School, and is in a crucial year in his recruitment. “It’s kinda been put on hold a little bit, but we’ll see what happens with this season if we have one,” said Spalding. Not only is he competing with other high school players for scholarships...he has to beat out players already in college. “Now, college coaches are looking for that junior or a sophomore that already has college experience, rather than a senior coming out of high school,” Spalding said.
The gyms may be empty now, but hopefully we’ll see some big shots from future stars very soon.