HAUSER boys basketball coach Bob Nobbe sat down and had the conversation with his talented junior, Trey Shipley. The tough one about needing Shipley to do more.
The 6-foot-3 forward was the only returning starter back from last year’s sectional championship team, and he was kind of blending together with a unit that has yet to win a game at 0-11.
With almost two decades of experience, Nobbe knows that most programs are going to suffer through some tough times. Getting through that adversity can pay dividends when things come back together.
To rise out of its current situation, Nobbe felt his team was missing something. “Trey is our returning starter and the leadership role fell to him,” Nobbe said. “Because of that, he has to bring his best effort to a game. I think he is starting to embrace that now, and beginning to feel more comfortable with it.”
Shipley admits that he was more comfortable at the beginning of the season concentrating on his own game. “Yeah, I kind of wanted to do my own thing,” he said. “But then coach talked to me about being a leader. He needed somebody to step up.”
Although he was a little hesitant, Shipley, who averages 12 points and 6 rebounds per game, is doing his best to grow into the role. And one of the dividends of taking on more responsibility is that Nobbe would like Shipley to shoot more.
On Friday night, Shipley took his shooting abilities for a spin, hitting seven 3-pointers and scoring 27 points. Unfortunately for the Jets, they fell 76-75 to Triton Central in Fairland. But it was more evidence that victory is right around the corner. “Sometimes I have my days,” Shipley said. “And we’re actually coming together. We’re not as bad as we were.
“We weren’t used to playing together. Now guys aren’t afraid to shoot.”
Nobbe is glad that Shipley isn’t afraid to shoot. “Trey is a very athletic guy,” Nobbe said. “It’s just about working with him, elevating his game, getting the most out of his athletic ability. He’s got some outstanding speed.”
That speed can translate to solid defense. “I’ve gotten a lot better on my defense,” Shipley said. “I do a better job keeping my man in front of me. My footwork is better. I’m trying to get better on defense because defense gets the team going.”
Shipley gets the ultimate compliment when an opposing player starts to have a big game, often Shipley will be shifted to cover him.
He also knows he must continue to work hard on his shot. If he is going to shoot more, he has to keep his percentage up.
The next step might be to make the players around him better. “I think we are seeing development out of a lot of guys,” said Nobbe, who noted that Shipley can help that process along.
Now it’s up to the junior to continue to improve as a player, and as a leader.
Even though Hauser continues to struggle, Shipley believes the team will be competitive in the section this year. Part of it is because he has taken a leadership role.
“It is not as hard as I thought it would be,” he said.