Basketball practice is less than a week away, with official practice for high school teams starting Monday.

One coach particularly excited about the return of roundball is Justin Jonus, the new boys coach at DAR High.

Coach Jonus and the Patriots had a good summer.

“I got to learn a lot about the kids and they learned about me,” he said. “I like what we’ve got and I liked what I saw.”

The Patriots went 3-0 on one play date at Birmingham-Southern.

“I subbed just like I would sub in a game,” Coach Jonus said. “The team played really well. We have a good team if we can just stay healthy.”

He won’t start practice with his full squad. About half also play football.

He expects to get those players around Nov. 1. They will host Brindlee Mountain to open the season Nov. 12.

“I didn’t make the schedule,” Coach Jonus said. “Coach Danny Anderson did. He did a good job and like what I see on the schedule too. We are going to have some growing pains, but I feel good about what we’re doing.”

He loves that Grant and DAR love the sport of basketball.

“It’s such a tradition here,” he said. “I’m enjoying it.”

He is planning some special events that old-time fans might especially enjoy.

“We are going to have a ‘retro night’ where we play in the Doris Pike White gym,” he said. “We might have more than one if people enjoy it. It should be special. People are already talking about it. They love the tradition up here.”

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