The Hannibal–LaGrange Trojans Men’s basketball team was able to acquire 4 new players over the offseason. These players consist of 3 freshman and one transfer student.
The first player the Trojans were able to acquire was freshman guard Kaden Eirhart from Altamont HS who averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game his senior year. The next player the Trojans acquired was Freshman guard Erick Hively from Barry-Western Illinois who averaged 15 points 3 rebounds and 2 assist in his senior year. We talked to Erick about the upcoming season and how he has been feeling about it. “The first few weeks with the team have been really good. We have been in the gym getting a lot done and improving every day. We are also getting closer to each other and improving our chemistry as a team, and it has been good for all of us. I feel like me and the new guys are going to be able to contribute a lot to the team and it has been helpful having some of the older guys show us the ropes and help us get adjusted to college. I have a feeling this year we are going to be able to get a lot accomplished, and I am excited for it,” Hively said.
The next player the Trojans were able to acquire was freshman forward Joseph McBride of Morris High School in Oklahoma who averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds a game his senior year. The final player the Trojans were able to acquire was a transfer forward from St. Louis CC, Khalib Becton who averaged 6 points and 4 rebounds last season for the Archers.
We checked with Coach Durst about the upcoming season and the new pieces they were able to acquire. Coach had this to say, “These new players are going to help us in a lot of ways. They give us even more depth and we have needed that seeing that last season our biggest struggle was with injuries and not having enough people healthy. I am excited to see what we are going to do this year.”
The Trojans first game this year will be against John Wood Community College on October 17.