COLUMBIA — Carter Marcks has worked hard to become a contributor on the Rock Bridge boys basketball team. As a sophomore guard on junior varsity last year, Marcks' commitment to improving stood out, especially during the offseason.
“We had workouts in the spring, summer and fall, and that’s a lot. And I’m pretty sure he’s been at every single workout,” Bruins coach Jim Scanlon said.
Rock Bridge Bruins (4-1)
at Hickman Kewpies (1-4)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Hickman High School
“If you come to workouts, you have a tendency to get better, and he’s taken huge advantage of that. He’s improved in his game so much that he’s in a position to play a lot this year.”
According to Marcks, he now has a dual role on the Bruins' varsity — to come in and hit 3-pointers but also to keep the team’s spirits high.
“I keep everyone on the bus rides talking, playing games like 'categories,' keeping the mood loose,” Marcks said.
Scanlon said Marcks has become an important part of the team.
“He’s one of our smartest players, and I think he can help lead us," Scanlon said. "But we’d like for him to shoot the ball, because we think he’s an excellent shooter.
"He comes off the bench and gives us a spark, which has really helped us. He’s at the right place at the right time, and he listens. He’s a great listener and understands what we’re trying to do.”
Right now the Bruins are preparing to play at rival Hickman High School on Thursday, and Scanlon said he is trying to keep the focus on improving, not on the opponent.
“We’ve got to get better on basic fundamentals. We do play Hickman, but we have to get better ourselves,” Scanlon said. “We can’t stray away from the fundamentals.”
Rock Bridge is also bracing for the loud and rowdy atmosphere the game is likely to produce. The Bruins have been playing loud music while they practice to get used to not being able to hear the referees, coaches directions and other players.
“It’s all about the bragging rights, especially because I’m friends with a few of them,” Marcks said.