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Scouting the 2013-14 Rensselaer Bombers boys basketball team

2013-11-23T00:00:00Z Scouting the 2013-14 Rensselaer Bombers boys basketball team nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 7-15, 0-6 (HC)

Team Breakdown

The Bombers will take a late start due to the success of the football team, but fifth-year head coach Kevin Sims returns three starters in Bryce Deno, Joey Claussen and Devin DeWees. All are non-football players and give the Bombers a solid nucleus to build around. They are part of the talented junior class who earned a ton of experience last year on the varsity. There are eight juniors and two seniors on the varsity roster. “Our junior class is blessed,” Sims said. “They’re all fundamentally sound. They got thrown to the wolves last year, and I loaded them up on the JV when they were freshmen to give them some experience.” Looking at the roster, opponents might think the Bombers are young, but Sims said they all know the game. He likes the athletic ability of his players and how well they get up and down the floor. It’s all just a matter of putting the pieces together once all the players are in the fold. “We’ve got some very, very experienced basketball players,” Sims said. “We expect to compete real well with our schedule.” Sims also likes the leadership seniors Justin Hanna and Zach DeVault, both football players, will provide. “Justin and Zach are two kids who have worked hard year around,” he said. — Christopher Breach

Last season finish

Lost in Class 3A Kankakee Valley Sectional semifinal to Andrean.

Leading returning scorer

Bryce Deno, 6.7 ppg.

Leading returning rebounder

Joey Claussen, 5.2 rpg.

Star power

Bryce Deno, Jr., G: Deno gives the Bombers a quality point guard, as he dished out 4.0 assists per game last season. “I think he has the potential to be the best point guard Rensselaer has had in a number of years,” Sims said.

Newcomer to watch

Isaiah Valencia, Jr., F: He’s a transfer from Logansport and is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound tight end on the football team. Valencia should definitely help the Bombers with his size on the inside.

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