REED CITY \u2014 Chris Barton is among the boys basketball players who could help Reed City\u2019s boys basketball team in its quest to have a banner 2014-15 season. He\u2019s in his senior basketball season and at 6-foot 4-inches, will stand as among the tallest players on the team. It\u2019s his second full year. He\u2019s among the several basketball players coming off the recently completed football season. Barton saw some action last season while starting behind Kyle Wright and saw action in about half the games. His role was usually rebounding and post defense. \u201cLast year, I was kind of nervous because of the transition to varsity,\u201d he said. \u201cThis year, I have a lot more confidence.\u201d Barton was involved heavily in football, but also got in some summer basketball time. \u201cOnce we got into August we pretty much cut basketball out (as football was starting),\u201d Barton said. Last week, during the Coyotes early preseason practices, Barton figured it would take \u201ca couple of more weeks at least\u201d to get into proper basketball mode. \u201cI think we\u2019re capable of many things,\u201d Barton said. \u201cThis year, we have a lot of athletes. We have a lot of good shooters.\u201d Without Wright in the lineup, \u201cthose are big shoes to fill,\u201d he said. Getting the key offensive rebounds and putbacks will be key goals for Barton, who also hopes to assist the team in other areas. It might take awhile to get into 100 percent basketball form, Barton admitted. \u201cBut we\u2019ll get there,\u201d he said. The season opens Tuesday at Cadillac. The first home game is Dec. 12 with Tri County. \u201cBig Rapids will be a really tough game for us,\u201d Barton said. \u201cThey have a lot of athletes. Newaygo is still going to be there, too. They\u2019ll be pretty good. I haven\u2019t heard much about Tri County and Grant because they\u2019re new to our conference.\u201d Reed City plays at Newaygo Dec. 19 and at Big Rapids Jan.16.