Last season, the Platte Canyon High School Huskies enjoyed the prolific production of senior Logan Blevins, who averaged 14 points and 16 rebounds per contest.
The challenge for head coach Justin Gallegos will be finding the parts to replace that production in the 2019-2020 season.
The Huskies will be looking to improve on an overall record of 2-17 from a year ago, and the first and most obvious place to look is to Ryder Bayman. Bayman scored at a clip of 12 points per game as a junior, and his team will need him to continue that trend this season.
The Huskies, however, who averaged 43 points per contest as a team last season, will need more than Bayman’s senior leadership and offensive skills to take a significant step forward in the coming months.
Likely candidates to provide that help will be seniors Dylan Rider and Ridge Eisele, who combined for an average of eight points and eight rebounds per game as juniors last season.
A trio of freshmen who showed flashes of production last year will also need to come up big for the Huskies to make the grade in 2019-20.
Kyler Edwards, Evan Batzer and Allen Hardey, who combined for 10 points per game last year, will be asked by Gallegos to come of age quickly as sophomores.
Size on the inside might also be a challenge for the Huskies. Bayman averaged almost five rebounds per game, while Eisele and Rider each averaged about four apiece. Batzer averaged three rebounds per game last season.The combined efforts of those players will help, but the size and energy Blevins provided will be sorely missed in the paint.
The Huskies will also benefit from the athleticism and competitive nature of two seniors, Brandon Patterson and Hunter Hewitt. Both are three-sport athletes, and their presence will should prove to be an asset.
The Huskies begin their season, like the Lady Huskies, in Buena Vista Dec. 5. The Huskies will be at home Dec. 12 against Clear Creek.