Big Rapids’ LJ Graves eager to start boys basketball season

Coach Kent Ingles and his Big Rapids boys basketball team starts its season next week. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The opening tipoff for boys basketball season is a week away and players like Big Rapids LJ Graves are eager to get going.

Graves is a junior in his second year on the varsity.

“Things last year went good,” he said “But we lost in first round of the districts. We didn’t play enough like a team. This year, we’ve got a different group of kids. So hopefully we can put together a team, work better as a team, and go out and get some hard-earned wins.”

The first game is on Nov. 30 at Morley Stanwood.

“My role was to get rebounds,” he said. “Hopefully this year, I can score a little more.”

At 6 feet 5 inches, Graves is the team’s tallest player.

“The right timing and getting a good boxout before the ball hits the rim,” is the key, Graves said, to being an effective rebounder.

As for shooting, “your best shot is always the closest shot, but I can hit a 10-footer or 15-footer,” he said.

Graves put in extensive offseason work and hopes to help the Cardinals have a good season.

“We’re going to be young, but a lot of us have played together since we’ve been kids,” he said.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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