Meet the 'Jackets: Ethan Christal


Just a sophomore, Ethan Christal will be called upon to fill some big shoes this year for the Lebanon boys’ basketball team this winter.

Christal, who is known for his shooting ability and ability to create his own shot, will have to do a little bit of everything for head coach Adam Thornhill this winter, as he will be one of three sophomores inserted into the starting lineup this season after Lebanon said goodbye to four key seniors last year.

As a freshman, Christal played a little bit of point guard and shooting guard for the junior varsity team last season that won 14 games and was apart of a 7th grade Lebanon Junior High team that finished undefeated.

Thornhill had high praise for Christal and the expectations he has for him this season.

“Ethan is a fundamental guard who will be expected to contribute from day one,” Thornhill said. “Once he gets acclimated to the varsity level, I truly believe he could headline opposing teams scouting reports.

The Lebanon Daily Record caught up with Christal to talk to him about the upcoming basketball season.

LDR – Describe your game for people who haven’t seen you play.

Christal – I would describe my game as that I am always looking for my shot and that I am trying to feed the post as much as possible.

LDR – What are some things you have worked on this offseason to get ready for varsity basketball?

Christal – During the offseason, I mostly tried on getting my shot back on track and getting stronger with and without the ball. I spent lots of time working on my handles so I could be ready to go against quicker and more athletic guards at the varsity level.

LDR – What are some expectations for yourself and the team this season?

Christal – Some expectations for myself are hit shots when I need to hit shots. I would say I need to score around 6-15 points and get as many assists as possible. As far as for the team, I fully expect us to be a very improved team by the end of the season.

LDR – What are some differences in this years team compared to last years?

Christal – The big difference is that we will be very young. Last year there were two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and one freshman starting. This year it will be either three sophomores and two juniors or the other way around. Also, we have a huge post presence this year with Dawson Zimdars and Jordan Lewis that will help us out more than it has in the past.

LDR – What is your favorite basketball memory?

Christal – I have a few favorite memories of me play basketball, but the best one is when we went undefeated our 7th-grade year in basketball.

LDR – Who is your favorite basketball player to watch?

Christal – There are two players I love to watch in the NBA. John Wall (Washington Wizards and DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors). Wall just has that athleticism and that drive to be the best player on the court, and with DeRozan, he’s the only player right now in the NBA that’s like Kobe Bryant.
LDR – Who has been the biggest influence on your basketball career and why?

Christal – The biggest influence on basketball has to be my dad (Chuck Christal). He’s constantly telling me to go outside and shoot and always asking how practice was. I can always hear him yelling at me to block out and get the rebound. He’s always been there for me, and I appreciate it more than he knows.


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