HAMMOND

Scouting the 2013-14 Hammond Wildcats boys basketball team

2013-11-23T00:00:00Z 2014-02-20T20:22:14Z Scouting the 2013-14 Hammond Wildcats boys basketball team nwitimes.com
November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Last year: 11-11, 4-2 (GLAC)

Team breakdown

Hammond lost nine seniors from last year's squad, but coach Larry Moore Jr. is fine starting over. "It's going to take several games to find our identity," Moore said. "I've got some tough kids. They get out and scrap and look to push the ball." The junior varsity team lost only four games last season and the current varsity squad played well over the summer, so there is hope for a strong season. "They're going to be ready to battle every night and play hard," Moore said. "They're practicing hard, so that's the big thing to me. It's going to translate into games, no question. You're going to keep hearing me reiterate that they're a tough group." The Wildcats face Lake Central at E.C. Central on Nov. 30, which will be an early season test to see where this group is at. — Matt Douthett

Last season finish

Lost in Class 3A Hammond Sectional championship to Lew Wallace.

Leading returning scorer

Kortrell Caston, 3 ppg (17 ppg on JV).

Leading returning rebounder

DeAnte Rias, 9 rpg (JV).

Star power

Kortrell Caston, Sr., G: One of the only players who got his feet wet with varsity experience last season, Caston will be a good leader for Hammond. "He's really worked in the offseason to cut his body fat. We're looking for him to lead us not just in scoring, but a vocal leader," Moore said.

Newcomer to watch

Antonio Poole, Jr., G: A transfer from West Side, Poole can score, play solid defense and dish out assists. "He's taken a lead in making things happen. He has really stepped up in terms of showing the intensity level that we want," Moore said.

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