After going 2-25 a year ago all Carrier Mills-Stonefort head boys' basketball Keil Peebles wants this season is to be better.
Early projections point to the Wildcats having a little more success this season due in large part to the fact that Carrier Mills-Stonefort didn't lose anyone to graduation off a team that averaged 40 points per game last season.
"We were very young and we're still very young but they have gotten better and they have matured some," Peebles said of his roster. "I still think that there are going to be times where we are going to struggle but I think we're going to compete in more games than we did last year."
Peebles has four seniors on his roster, including 6-foot-5 center DeAndre Moss, along with, Brandon Hambleton, Mason Gilliam and Colton Betz.
Juniors on the roster include Jeremy Choat, Nathaniel Reed, Sotte Godsey, Eli Felty and Riley Ward, whole sophomores are Colton Mitchell, Zavier and Aidan Rollins, Caden VanMeter, Nathan Collins and Sergio Zertuche. The four freshmen are Lester York, Robbie Hadley, Blaine Betz and Gavin Bradley.
As a coach, Peebles knows the value of seniors and the leadership qualities they can display. He's hoping Moss is that guy for the Wildcats this year.
"He's big. You can't coach big," Peebles said. "He's 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. He's going to be a big body for us. We're still going to be young, we're probably going to start at least three sophomores and maybe a junior and a senior."
Peebles noted the season will be a success if his team keeps maturing. As much as Peebles is looking towards the future, he believes good things can happen this season.
"We have to get better defensively and we've worked real hard on that this summer," he said. "I think one of the big questions for me is how we are going to handle it mentally. When things are going good, I think we're going to be fine. When we hit the wall and things don't go good, how are they going to react to that? That's going to be a big key for us.
"If we mature and we keep competing no matter what the score is. I want people to walk into the gym and see my team play without looking at the score and not know who is ahead or who is behind. That means we're still going to give our effort there regardless of what the score is."