ATHENA — Brett Speed recently cemented his name among the all-time greats to play basketball at Weston-McEwen High School.
During Weston-McEwen’s 64-63 loss to the Heppner Mustangs on Jan. 13, Speed scored a team-high 26 points which helped him surpass the 1,000 career point mark. He became the first TigerScot since Dallas Rich in 2012 to join the 1,000 point club, and only the ninth in school history according to the school record book.
Speed said he wasn’t aware he was approaching the scoring mark until coach Brian Pickard told him following the Heppner game.
“I was pretty shocked, honestly,” Speed said Monday evening. “It’s an honor to able to accomplish this. It wouldn’t be possible without all my coaches giving all the opportunities the last four years and all of my teammates I’ve had to help me along the way. It’s definitely been a fun experience.”
A four-year varsity player, Speed has increased his scoring each season, from 121 points as a sophomore (5.0 per game), to 220 as a sophomore (10.0 per game) and to 321 as a junior (12.8 per game) and to 429 through 19 games as a senior (22.6 per game). As a senior, Speed’s scoring efforts have increased greatly, almost out of necessity, after the TigerScots lost all-state players Shaw Broncheau and Ethan Reger to graduation, as well as a few other departures from last year’s state playoff team. Speed has scored 429 points through 19 games so far for a 22.6 per-game average.
“I just looked at this year as an opportunity to prove people wrong and show people that we can still play,” Speed said of his senior-year outburst, “and I wanted to show that I was still one of the best players in the league. But none of it is possible without the teammates I have this year. We’re a tight-knit group and it’s been a fun experience.”
He has also earned a pair of all-league second team selections and undoubtedly a first team selection this year.
“He’s had the chance to play with pretty good players,” Weston-McEwen coach Brian Pickard said of Speed, “and I think that’s made him a better player. This year we had some kids move out of the district and a lot has been expected of Brett and he’s stepped up.”
“He’s a great kid and a great player. I can’t say enough good things about him, not just on the court but off it, too.”
Speed has at least four more games to add to his career total, starting with a home contest with Heppner on Friday night.