Coach Wants Big Man To Dominate
Chris Pilz feels it. No, he knows it. His superstar big man is going to have a big year. Pilz says that Kalen Grimes work ethic has been terrific and star has further developed his offense.
"He's got that six to eight foot hook down," Pilz said. "At the college level, if he gets that and it's his money shot they won't be able to double-team him."
Right now, Pilz has Grimes on a short leash since he's a little banged up. "He tweaked his ankle a little so I haven't let him do anything. I thought he'd lost some weight but he's just redistributed it. He's 258 and he's getting cut up and working harder. He's running better."
Last year, Grimes averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds. He was a first-team all-stater and recorded 16 double-doubles. Pilz expects more this season. "We had four guys in double-figures last year. In high school, he should be dominant and he's figured that out. He's more explosive than he was and he's stronger."
Pilz says that 15 schools came in during the fall period to check on Grimes. Illinois, Missouri, St. Louis and UNLV sent head coaches. Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, Purdue, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma sent assistants by the school.
Pilz said that he thinks Grimes will take some unofficial visits this year. Of course they'll see the big Missouri-Illinois Bragging Rights game. St. Louis seems a likely place to watch a game and they might even get to Kansas and Kentucky if schedules permit.
Pilz says he's got another rising star. Alex Tyus, a 6-6 small forward, will probably start on the varsity this year.