Patterson set to add talents to Reed City boys basketball roster


REED CITY — Nolan Patterson is coming off a football season in which he quarterbacked the Reed City Coyotes to the regional final.

Now Patterson is looking to give some key contributions to the Reed City boys basketball team, which will open its season Tuesday at Cadillac. The first home game is Dec 12 against CSAA opponent Tri County.

This marks the third week of practices, although the Coyotes, due to injuries and coming off of the football season, didn’t start until Nov. 21.

Patterson had an ankle injury that curtailed his season last year. That makes the 2014-15 campaign even more meaningful for the Coyote senior.

“It’s been a long time,” he said. 

Patterson had played on the varsity as a sophomore. During the offseason, he said he was able to get into the gym a bit.

“But football was really time consuming this year,” he said.

The season ended a weekend before the start of basketball.

“It’s a different kind of shape,” Patterson said.

His role could involve seeing action at guard, Patterson indicated.

“I’ll try to rebound really hard this year,” he said, “and especially on defense. My sophomore year, I was really a point guard and distributed the ball a lot.”

Plenty of work remains for the Coyotes to get ready for the season.

“We have some guys sore from football,” Patterson said. “It’s coming.”

Patterson took some days off and figured this week he’d be able able to practice at full steam.

A healthy Coyote team should be a dangerous one, Patterson admitted.

“The sky’s the limit,” he said. “We have lots of athletes, great shooters.”