Roll is one of the best kept secrets in the southeast part of the state. At 6-3, the junior guard that has waited his turn to be the “go-to guy,” is now ready for what most thinks will be a breakout season. Roll is an outstanding three-point shooter who can also beat people off the bounce. His tremendous athletic ability make for a great first-step and fine midrange game. Roll’s inside-out offensive ability should also get him to the free throw line frequently where he shoots an extremely high percentage. Few people have ever doubted Roll’s ability to score the basketball, but his coach says he feels Roll is becoming a more complete player in all aspects.
“Clay is a tremendous talent who is a real threat to score, but he has really improved all aspects of his game,” said Coach Postage. “He is a great passer that is starting to make everyone better and he has improved defensively as well.”
Roll is one of the few names returning from last year’s roster that contained five seniors – Dylan Givens, Michael Hitchens, T.J. Pierce, David Halcomb, and Clint Roush – but the supporting cast is very athletic and has been proven winners in multiple sports at multiple levels. Seniors Colin Uhrig and Clay Ragland will join Roll on the perimeter. With Roll and Uhrig both standing at 6-3 and Ragland having great quickness, Adena will be extremely difficult to defend man-to-man in the scrimmage area.
This perimeter game will be complemented by a solid post presence. Senior Andrew Jordan at 6-3 and sophomore Logan Hauserman at 6-7 give Adena the biggest frontline that it has had in quite some time. Unfortunately, Jordan will be out due to injury until about mid-December; however, the two Warrior post players are sure to enjoy several one-on-one post-up opportunities as well as offensive rebounding chances with the Adena perimeter sure to demand quite a bit of attention.
Adena’s depth will depend on how quickly some of the other new faces adjust to the varsity level. Zach Skaggs is a 6-2 lefty post player that can run the floor well and Buddy Barnes is a hard-nosed athlete that is a very versatile player as well. Chris Welch and Eamon Boyle will also compete for varsity minutes.
“We still hope to get after people defensively,” said Coach Postage. “We will have to pick our spots but we still have plenty of depth to do that. During the summer we were not always as successful as you would like to be, but I thought we really had some guys learn a lot. I think this is a team that will get a lot better throughout the year.”
Adena, who has won three straight sectional titles, will be well prepared once again for postseason play. The difficult Scioto Valley Conference, which Adena won two years ago, will give very few nights off. Adena is picked by most somewhere in the middle of the pack, and in the non-league has Adena playing many area school districts such as
Logan Elm, Miami Trace, Washington Court House, Greenfield McClain, Fairfield Leesburg, and Whiteoak.
“I have always liked to play quality schools that are close in distance,” said Postage who was named SVC Coach of the Year in 2006. “It makes for great tournament-like atmospheres and really prepares you for later in the year.”
Coach Postage will be joined with a great staff again this season. Andrew Day will serve as the varsity assistant while Jason Smith returns at the junior varsity level. Day is a 2001 graduate of Paint Valley where he was a first-team All-SVC selection and then played his college ball at Indiana Wesleyan. Smith is a former Unioto star that has done a great job at the JV level the past two seasons at Adena preparing many of this year’s varsity players to fulfill roles.
“It is important to have youthful coaches around that have great enthusiasm and knowledge, and I definitely have that with Andrew and Jason,” said Postage. “I have been doing this for 20 years and these two guys help keep me young. They are both going to be great head coaches someday and I am very fortunate to have them on my staff.”