Can Wildecats live up to preseason hype? BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PREVIEW Wilde Lake

December 04, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake's boys basketball team is being touted by opposing coaches as a preseason favorite along with Centennial to win the county championship.

That seems a bit strange, because Wilde Lake's only championship was in 1978.

The Cats are hyped in preseason nearly every year and rarely live up that hype. Will this year be any different?

They return four players, all expected to start.

Taronn Evans is a 6-foot-3 senior forward who played only 15 minutes per game last season and still averaged 14.0 points. He rebounds well and is the team's best defensive player.

Ramone Myers was a surprise starter last season, filling in for the injured Ira Crawley. The 6-5, 210-pound Myers plays well with his back to the basket, and the senior can hit a 12-foot jumper.

Deon Wingfield, a 6-4 senior, will team with Myers and Evans inside. An aggressive rebounder, Wingfield averaged about 20 minutes per game last season.

Seth Willingham, the fourth returning player, is a 6-3 junior guard who starred at quarterback for the state championship football team. He has an excellent outside shot.

Coach Paul Ellis, who retired after last season but returned this year after his new guidance counseling assignment moved him within minutes of Wilde Lake High, isn't sure about his fifth starter yet.

He has three players up from junior varsity, including junior guards Josh Girton and Terrence Butler and 6-5 junior center Sule Carpenter.

"We're still somewhat a question mark but should be competitive in the county," Ellis said. "We won't be as deep as last season."

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