Junior Kade Kull, a 1000-point career scorer, who led the Shelbyville Rams (10-21) in scoring this season, was named to the top of the 2nd Team All-Conference in the Central Illinois Conference.

Because Central A&M was so dominant in the conference (8-0), three players were named to the 1st Team and pushed Kull’s, otherwise 1st Team selection, down to the top of the 2nd Team.

Kull, who started as a freshman, scored 514 points (16.6 ppg) this year alone, as a junior. Kull not only led the team in scoring, but shot 43.2% from the field with almost 400 shots. He snared a team-high 163 rebounds (5.3 rpg).

Kull scored 210 points in the paint. Kull made 36 three-pointers (108 pts), 3rd on the team, shooting 32.7% from the arc. He made 30 shots (60 pts) from 2-pointers outside the paint.

Kull made 210 points in the paint which led to him shooting the most free throws. He shot 174 and made 136 (78.2%). Going to the hole in traffic, he still scored 54.5% of the time on lay-ups. He also dished the most assists on the team (54), 1.7 apg and recorded 44 steals (Team 2nd).

Although he had 85 turnovers to 54 assists, his assist/steal to turnover comparison was positive (+13), 98 to 85.

Junior Braden Nichols was the other big scorer for the Rams. Nichols scored 334 points (13.9 ppg), shooting 40%. He was the number one 3-point shooter, making 43 treys out of 117 attempts (36.8%). He shot 42% inside the arc.

Nichols was a slasher, making 132 of his points in the paint. That led to 79 free throws. He made 55 (69.6%). He led the team with 52 steals (2.2 spg). he dished 32 assists, but had 78 turnovers. His assist/steal total to turnovers was a positive (+6), 84 to 78.

Senior leadership was provided by Payton Bryant. Bryant scored 152 points and 104 were in the paint on 46 lay-ups. He shot 50.4% from 2-point range and had the best shot percentage overall (50%). He was 10-of-15 at the line (66.7%).

He did a lot of the little things, blocks, rebounds, steals and interior defense. He had a team-high 22 blocked shots. He had 107 rebounds and almost half were offensive (51). He was the leading offensive rebounder.

Bryant had a positive assist to turnover ratio of 33 to 26 (+7) and a steals to turnover edge of 36 steals to 26 TOs. It gave him an assist/steal to turnover comparison of 69 to 26 (+43).

Until he went down with an injury, junior shootist Leo Logue was the go-to for 3-pointers. Logue played in just 17 games, but he made 38 triples, averaging more 2 treys per game. He shot 28.4% from the arc.

Logue scored 134 points (7.9 ppg) and 114 points (84%) were from 3-pointers. He had 29 assists (1.7 apg) and 19 steals (1.1 spg) in 17 games.

When Logue went out, sophomore Ethan Clark gradually filled that role. Clark scored 121 points (3.9 ppg) this season. He made 28 treys out of 103 tries (27.2%). Of 121 points, 84 were from triples (70%).

Clark handled theball well, with AN ASSassist to turnover comparison of 45 to 47 (-2). With 12 steals, his assist/steal to TO totals were 57 to 47.

Sophomore Max Beyers played limited minutes, but got more floor time with attrition and made it count with 115 points. He shot 41.9% from 2-point range. He got 70 of his points in the paint, making 31 lay-ups, and translating that to free throws. He shot 60 and made 37 (61.7%).

He dished 40 assists and picked 17 steals (57 Asst/stl) with 48 turnovers. He also hustled to grab 85 rebounds.

Freshman Wyatt Nothaus was a starter this season, with a presence on the boards and base line. Nothaus scored 115 points and grabbed 106 boards. He made 21 lay-ups, with 12 shots inside the arc and eight treys.

He shot 43.6% from the field. He shot 62.5% from the line with 25 of his points on free throws. He blocked 7 shots and dished 36 assists.

Shelbyville Boys Basketball 2019-2020

Kade Kull: GP 31, Pts 514 (16.6 ppg), FG 171/396 (43.2%), 2’s-135/286 (47.2%), 3’s-36/110 (32.7%), FT 136/174 (78.2%), Reb 163 (34 O/129 D) (5.3 rpg), Asst 54, Stl 44, TO 85, Blk 2

Braden Nichols: GP 24, Pts 334 (13.9 ppg), FG 118/295 (40.0%), 2’s-75/178 (42.1%), 3’s-43/117 (36.8%), FT 55/79 (69.6%), Reb 85 (22/63)(3.5 rpg), Asst 32, Stl 52, TO 78, Blk 8

Payton Bryant: GP 31, Pts 152 (4.9 ppg), FG 71/142 (50%), 2’s-39/93 (41.9%), 3’s-0/1, FT 37/60 (61.7%), Reb 85 (35/50)(2.8 rpg), Asst 33, Stl 36 TO 26, Blk 22

Leo Logue: GP 17, Pts 134 (7.9 ppg), FG 46/157 (29.3%), 2’s-8/23 (34.8%), 3’s-38/134 (28.4%), FT 4/7 (57.1%), Reb 29 (5/25)(1.5 rpg), Asst 29, Stl 19, TO 45, Blk 4

Wyatt Nothaus: GP 28, Pts 115 (4.1 ppg), FG 41/94 (43.6%), 2’s-33/71 (46.5%), 3’s-8/23 (34.8%), FT 25/40 (62.5%), Reb 106 (28/78)(3.8 rpg), Asst 36, Stl 14, TO 42, Blk 7

Max Beyers: GP 30, Pts 115 (3.8 ppg), FG 39/100 (39%), 2’s-39/93 (41.9%), 3’s-0/7, FT 37/60 (61.7%), Reb 85 (35/50)(1.3 rpg), Asst 40, Stl 17, TO 48, Blk 1

Ethan Clark: GP 31, Pts 121 (3.9 ppg), FG 40/133 (30.1%), 2’s-12/30 (40%), 3’s-28/103 (27.2%), FT 13/23 (56.5%), Reb 70 (17/53)(2.3 rpg), Asst 45, Stl 12, TO 47, Blk 2

Evan Matlock: GP 18, Pts 18 (1.0 ppg), FG 7/16 (43.8%), 2’s-5/14 (35.7%), 3’s-2/2 (100%), FT 2/6 (33.3%), Reb 5 (1/4)(.3 rpg), Asst 3, Stl 9, TO 14, Blk 1

Jason Beaudry: GP 3, Pts 6 (2.0 ppg), FG 2/6 (33.3%), 2’s-0, 3’s-2/6 (33.3%), FT 0, Reb 2 (1/1), Asst 1, Stl 0, TO 2, Blk 1

Dalton Hoadley: GP 10, Pts 5 (2.0 ppg), FG 1/4 (25%), 2’s-1/2 (50%), 3’s-0/2, FT 3/4 (75%), Reb 7 (0/7)(0.7 rpg), Ast 0, Stl 2

Drue McDonald: GP 10, Pts 3 (.33 ppg), FG 1/10 (10%), 2’s-0/5, 3’s, 1/5 (20%), FT 0, Reb 3 (1/2)(.3 rpg), Asst 1

Ethan Wells: GP 4, Pts 3 (.8 ppg), FG 1/5 (20%), 2’s-0/2, 3’s-1/3 (33.3%), FT 0, Reb 1 (0/1)(.25 rpg), TO 1

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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