T.J. Patterson ready for transition to basketball


REED CITY — T.J. Patterson is among the Reed City football players making the transition to basketball in a hurry, considering that fall sports ended in the playoffs on Nov. 14. Within a week later, basketball practices were underway.

Patterson saw some minutes last season and is playing for a Coyote team which graduated many performers from a year ago and will start the schedule with several players trying to get over various injuries.

He did a lot of football over the summer, but Patterson notes he also got in some basketball work.

It will be Patterson’s second varsity season and he’s looking to get in some work underneath the basket.

“Getting rebounds and playing good defense down low,” will be his main role, Patterson said, “and trying to get putbacks.”

Patterson is confident he’ll be able to put the ball back in the hole after a rebound. He’s hoping that offensive rebounding will be a key for the Coyotes.

Several key players graduated but “we’ll find out” how competitive the team will be, Patterson added.

“It took a couple of days” he said, for the athletes to go cleanly from the football to basketball mode.

Tough teams on the schedule, Patterson indicated, will include Cadillac, Fremont and Lakeview.

“Putting pressure on,” will be the key in winning games, he added.

The season starts Tuesday at Cadillac. The first home game is Dec. 12 with Tri County.