High Schools prepare for upcoming winter season in spite of coronavirus

Posted at 8:09 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 20:09:38-05

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — With the rise in COVID-19 cases, there are questions surrounding the winter sports season.

Teams are still preparing for a start at the end of the month, but it could once again impact the players involved as they plan for their future.

"Does Covid hurt their recruiting? No question because your junior year playing AAU basketball is where coaches see you and not having to have that really hurts some of our kids," Lutheran East Athletic Director Anthony Jones said.

"I was hoping this season would help me with my recruiting. I was hoping this summer would help with my recruiting. But if we don't have a season, that is going to be a big hit," Lutheran East senior Jalen Knott said.

Knott is just one example of many seniors across the country who may once again lose out on future opportunities due to COVID-19.

"It's just a rocky road right now," Knott said.

But even with all of the unknowns that have happened this year, Knott is keeping his head high and staying optimistic as he looks to continue his dream of playing basketball.

"It would mean a lot to my family. Not a lot of people in my family go to college and play sports at that. And to have an opportunity to go to college for free is a big thing for me and my people," Knott said.