Ethan's Camden Myers averaging double-double heading into tourney
With several experienced seniors to rely on this season, the Ethan boys’ basketball team has found strength down low from an underclassman.
Sophomore Camden Myers has helped solidify his team’s interior presence, averaging a double-double for the Rustlers in 2013-14.
Myers is averaging 18.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Ethan, which carries a 20-3 record heading into the Class B state tournament starting today in Aberdeen.
“He doesn’t miss,” Ethan coach Bryce Roth said. “He has great touch down low and can jump out of the gym.”
The 6-foot-4 center is knocking down 70 percent of his shots from the field on the season for the Rustlers, who are seeded sixth heading into a matchup with No. 3 White River at 7:45 p.m. today.
Roth attributed the supporting cast around Myers, including his brother Tyler Myers, for helping him gain comfort on the floor.
“He (Camden) gets to learn from some of the best,” Roth said of his senior leaders. “His game has certainly blossomed under them. He takes the tips and criticism and just runs with it.”
Myers’ natural athletic ability and size gives him an advantage on the basketball court, as well as the football field. As a defensive lineman for the Class 9AA state champion Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan football team, Myers finished second on the team with 107 tackles and led the Seahawks with 15 sacks.
“You see him play once and you know he has something special,” Roth said. “He is developing basketball intelligence, touch around the rim and it’s just really exciting to have a kid like that on your team.”
In an early season win over No. 1 James Valley Christian, Myers led the Rustlers with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The performance set the tone for many like it from the sophomore, as Ethan qualified for the state tournament for the first time since 2001, when the Rustlers finished second.
Myers will look to continue his solid play as Ethan seeks its first state title in boys’ basketball.