LOGAN, W.Va. — Most incoming freshman basketball players end up playing on the freshman basketball team.
If there is a freshman team.
If not, they are usually on the JV squad only.
When it comes to varsity basketball, most freshmen feel lucky enough just to dress for varsity games, sitting down at the very end of the bench next to the water cooler.
David Early, however, is not like most freshmen.
Early, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder and a starter for the Logan High School football team this fall at quarterback, is likely to see a lot of playing time this season for the basketball Wildcats.
A lot of time.
In fact, during the preseason he’s being tabbed to start for Logan at point guard.
That’s highly unusual for a freshman to start, nonetheless start at the point.
However, Logan first-year coach Zach Green said Early has all the tools needed to be a successful point guard for the Wildcats.
Logan is scheduled to open the regular season on Friday night at home against Scott.
“David Early is starting at point guard for us right now,” Green said. “He’s played really well for us so far. He has the skills and the body. He’s game ready to come in and play right now.”
Coach Green said Early must be able to step up his game and make the huge transition from middle school basketball to the varsity level.
“His biggest problem right now and will probably be his biggest problem throughout the season is understanding how hard he has to play at this level,” Green said. “He’s never really been pushed at those lower levels because he was bigger and stronger than everyone. He’s moved up and now he has to get used to guys being his same size and speed.”
By high school standards, Early has quite a lot of size for a point guard.
Green said Early is quite versatile and probably could play any position.
“He’s 6-3 and about 230,” Green said. “He’s a big kid. He protects the ball well and he can really get to the basket. He sees the floor well and he understands things but he’s got to understand how hard that we need him to play.”
The Wildcats are hoping to rebound from last year’s 10-14 season.
Logan returns to the Class AA ranks and also rejoins the Cardinal Conference, a league the Wildcats played in from 2003-08 in its last go-round in Double-A hoops.
A new post-season sectional tournament awaits as well for Logan as the Cats will play in a six-team section featuring Chapmanville, Man, Mingo Central, Scott and Lincoln County.
LHS opens the season Friday night at home against Scott.
Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).