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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Summer of Change and Adjustment for Paris Boys Basketball Program

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It has been a summer of change for everyone connected to the Paris boys basketball program. In fact, it has been next to impossible for the team to workout as a full unit all summer. From travel ball, to player injuries, sickness, and the adaption to a new head coach, there has been plenty of change for a program that will now see its fourth head coach in as many years.

And if all of this is not enough, the Eagles’ new head coach, Andrew Tencleve, has been very anxious to get his program going while at the same time selling and buying a new home in the area. So for Tencleve and his family, this has not all been easy for them, as well.

But all of this will not last, and in a few days, the players will be back together as a unit and can begin preparations for the season in earnest. Perhaps the biggest question mark is the injury status of the Eagles’ star point guard, Konnor Edwards.

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On the day that I attended workouts at Paris Gymnasium, Edwards was in a walking boot and had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for that day. So, without divulging health care information that is private to Edwards, I will just say that everyone is anxious to see when the Paris point guard will be able to return to practice.

Several players have battled a variety of illnesses this summer, causing them to miss summer workouts. Add players being away to play on summer travel teams, and it has just been a summer of frustration for a coach that is anxious to install his system for the upcoming season.

Coach Tencleve as been holding workouts and teaching individual skills throughout the summer since his appointment as head basketball coach. He has emphasized conditioning as well, which will be a big facto in the up-tempo offense that he wants to run. Once he has all of his pieces together, including a healthy Konnor Edwards, I believe this team will be very competitive by Christmas time as the schedule moves toward the conference slate of games.

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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