Jacob Srigley is entering his third season as head coach of the Diamond boys basketball team. The Wildcats are coming off of a 13-13 season and must replace three graduated players including first-team all-conference selection Carter Prewitt. Prewitt averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
“Our biggest weakness will be our lack of varsity experience,” Srigley said. “We lost most of our scoring from last year (graduation and transfers), so scoring consistently may be a struggle as well.”
Hunter Renfro is the top returning player after averaging 8.6 points per game last season. Fellow senior Christian Maturino returns after missing last season with an injury.
Juniors Chad Stephens and Colby Housh also return for the Wildcats.
Lockwood transfer Trey Coose will be a factory for Diamond in his junior season. Junior Colton Long and sophomore Ben Moreland will also be new faces on varsity.
“My expectations are for us to be a hard-nosed defensive team that never gets outworked. We have lots of learning to do, but this group loves being in the gym and should be a tough outcome district time,” Srigley said.
Diamond opens the season on Nov. 21 at Southwest (Washburn).