Top 50 Boys Hoops: #14 Brenden Lytle

The Bishop Dwenger Saints will return just a single starter from last season’s 14 win team and after the graduation of seven seniors, that returning starter will have a much bigger load this time around during his junior season. Whenever he is done on the football field that is.

Brenden Lytle spent his fall quarterbacking the Class 5A sectional champion Saints and will look to push that success towards the hardwood. Lytle is a high quality leader and the fact that his quarterback look transfers well to the point guard role and the ability to move the ball around at will. Now he will have to step up as a scorer on the basketball court, but has a good looking shot and court vision that allows him to get his teammates involved. His pure will gave him four rebounds per game last season as one of the smaller guard on the court.

Lytle averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 assists and 3,5 steals per game last season and was still considered a complimentary piece. He will take a big step forward in expectation but has shown in both basketball and football that he can handle an added focus from fans, coaches and opposing teams. Lytle is as scrappy as they come, with his coach agreeing that five of Brenden Lytle on the court at once would be something he wouldn’t mind being able to do. Likely the best on ball defender on the court each night, he is a danger to take the ball away and finish in transition with himself or with a teammate.

“Obviously as our only returning starter he is going to have to take on a larger role this season. He will now be number one on the opponents scouting report which is a big adjustment for many players,” says Bishop Dwenger coach Matt Kostoff. “His stats, especially scoring, need to take a jump this year. His leadership and competitiveness are two of his best intangibles. He doesn’t back down from anything and relishes the big moments in games.”

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