By Chris Parker
Few groups will return extra expertise than the Billings Wildcats this yr. They gained 20 video games final yr with a roster that featured 9 juniors and simply three seniors. The highest 4 scorers for Billings had been all juniors final yr.
The expertise gained final yr ought to repay in much more wins this yr.
“I feel they discovered that we could be a superb crew if we play the sport the correct manner,” Billings head coach Kendall Tilley stated. “They’re targeted in making their senior season one.”
Guard Colton Plowman is again after incomes first-team all-conference honors final yr. Plowman averaged 12.2 factors per sport final yr. He has 794 profession factors by 80 varsity video games.
“He works onerous and performs the sport the correct manner,” Tilley stated. “(He’s) all the time in search of his teammates, however trying to rating as effectively.”
Ahead Kyler Tennis may very well be poised for an enormous season after main Billings in scoring at 13.1 ppg on his option to honorable point out all-conference honors final yr. He has scored 649 profession factors throughout 78 profession video games.
“(He’s) relentless on the offensive finish. (He’s) fast on the boards and might rating from wherever,” Tilley stated. “He may have a monster yr. I feel he’s an all-state sort of participant.”
Heart Hayden Fender returns down low and provides Billings a 3rd returning all-conference participant. Fender led Billings in blocks final yr at 2.9 per sport whereas scoring 9.1 factors and flattening 6.4 rebounds per sport.
Senior level guard Jacob Henry and ahead Julian Moody impressed Tilley with their low season enchancment. Henry is an effective defender with improved exterior taking pictures. Moody brings a whole lot of power to the courtroom and places himself in place to make performs.
Nick Newkirk, Tryton Davis, Josh Parris and Connor Welch make 9 seniors for Billings main the crew. Newkirk and Davis are each guards. Parris is a switch from Springfield. Welch will play ahead and be a powerful participant down low.
Billings opens the season on Nov. 24 at dwelling towards Chadwick.