Sumner point guard works on fundamentals

Boys Basketball: Riley Bruil says he knows where his teammates are going to be

of the HeraldJanuary 8, 2014 

Sumner point guard Riley Bruil, left, drives for a layup against the Franklin Pierce Cardinals in a South Puget Sound League 2A boys basketball game last month.

KENT NEWMAN/HERALD FILE PHOTO

Sumner High School’s Riley Bruil is fond of doing the little things correctly on the basketball court.

Spartans head coach Brett McDaniel said he’s an old-school player.

“We call him ‘Wiley’ Riley for his unique ability to get himself a shot using ball fakes and pivots,” McDaniel said. “He’s very consistent. You can always count on Riley to help us, whether on defense, rebounding or with scoring.”

Bruil isn’t the kind of guy who accepts accolades without sharing the wealth.

“My teammates are just as fundamental as me on the court,” he said. “Our team has such a special bond with each other. Most of us have been playing basketball together for the past 10 years and have grown up together. I always know where they are going to be at on the court. That’s how tight of a bond we have with each other.

Our team motto is five is one on the court,” he said. “That’s how we do it.”

McDaniel said Bruil is the real deal.

“Riley is what I want my son to be like some day,” McDaniel said. “His attitude, on and off the court, is so positive. He never thinks of himself over the team. He is the most fundamental player I have ever coached.

“Riley is humble, respectful and excels in leadership,” the coach said. “He is a 3.8 (GPA) student and is also in my advanced leadership class, where we visit local elementary schools and teach leadership lessons.”

The Spartans (5-3) are hoping to improve through the final two months of the season.

“Our goal is to play hard and just work our butt off,” Bruil said. “Coach McDaniel brings out the best in all of us. He definitely brings us together as a team.”

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