For Freeman High School senior Brady Ideus, the stories about his father’s legacy on the hardwood in Adams and beyond have been passed along all of his life. But it wasn’t necessarily from his father, Chad.
“I’ve heard a lot about his career,” Brady Ideus said. “All of the big games and how he helped bring his team up a level. He had a big influence on the court, so it’s been fun to follow what he’s done at the same school, technically.”
When Chad Ideus led his team to three straight state tournaments in the ’90s — including a state championship in 1993 — Freeman was still known as Adams, and he’ll always be known as an “Adams legend.” After graduating, Chad played basketball at Nebraska before transferring to Nebraska Wesleyan and becoming an All-American honorable mention in 1997. His two years with the program ultimately landed him in the Nebraska Wesleyan Hall of Fame in 2015, so not exactly the easiest player to follow.
Fortunately, Brady likes hearing the stories about his dad, but he’s branching out this season with his own game. He’s currently averaging 10 points per game while also leading the 16-3 Falcons in rebounding and blocked shots. His skill set on the court is a bit different from Chad’s, but he’s quick to praise the family tree for his success this season.
“It’s definitely nice to have those genetics, especially now that I might even be a little bit taller than him,” Brady said. “He was more of a scorer, though, and I have a lot of help on offense from my teammates, so I’m focused on other things on the offensive end. We’ve done such a good job with knowing our roles this season and it’s helped our season a lot.”
The Class C-2 No. 4 Falcons are starting to look like one of those Adams state tournament teams Chad led over two decades ago. They haven’t lost in nearly a month and they won the East Central Nebraska Conference tournament over the past weekend, which is certainly not an easy field to navigate.
“That win (at the ECNC) was so important for us because it showed the guys our potential when we play aggressive and with confidence,” Freeman coach Jim McLaughlin said. “Being in both the MUDECAS and ECNC has made a big difference. It’s given us a tough schedule and that’s really prepared us for the rest of our schedule and hopefully the postseason.”
If the Falcons can make a run at the state title, it wouldn’t be the first time an Adams team cut down the nets with an Ideus on the floor, but it would certainly be a monumental déjà vu for the town.
“It’d really mean a lot,” Brady said.