Wilkins Comes Out Of Retirement To Lead Hornets
There is a new sheriff in charge of the boys’ basketball program at Hundred High School. Well, sort of. Virgil Wilkins, a long time assistant coach, came out of retirement to take the wheel for the Hornets, while former Hornet and Husky basketball player Danny Devaul will be assisting.
The Hornets have four seniors, six juniors, five sophomores, and five freshmen to work with this season. Seniors Brandon Armstrong, Ethan Geho, Hunter Goddard, and Levi Morris look to lead the way, while juniors Greg Jones, Andrew King, Danny Kolat, Joe Mars, Logan and Holden Moore will give the Hornets some outstanding leadership, as well. All six lettered last season, And with the addition of Armstrong back into the mold after a year’s absence, the Hornets could make some noise with Wilkins and Devaul in charge.
In Holden Moore, the team’s leading scorer a season ago, along with Armstrong and point guard Andrew King, the Hornets have three top notch basketball players that each can lead the way offensively in every game. Moore is a long-range shooter with a nice eye for draining it from anywhere on the court. He also can take it to the hole. With King at the point, Wilkins has a guy who can handle any type of defense thrown at him. He can run the show, he can stop and pop, as well as take it inside, while keeping an opponent’s top scorer in check defensively.
Armstrong played quite a bit his freshman and sophomore seasons before getting a concussion that kept him from playing last season. He is 6’1 and can play inside or stay outside. He has good instincts and is a leader in every sense of the word. He leads by example and it’s contagious, as every guy on the team respects his ability to stand in there and give everything he has to the game.
Geho and Goddard are both pretty darn good shooters, while Levi Morris, at 6’2, has a physical presence about himself. He can mix it up inside and knock down the jumper. Jones, Kolat and Logan Moore can also play the game of basketball. They each can handle the ball and will put the ball in the hole, as well as playing a tough man-to-man defense.
Joe Mars and Derek Crihfield, at 6’4 and 6’5, respectively, gained quite a bit of playing time in the post and should give the Hornets a shot in the arm. However, Hundred also has 6’3 Tyler Norris and Dustin Morris, as well as 6’2 Levi Morris and Danny Stewart – all capable of giving Wilkins added height inside.
Danny Stewart is also back from last season along with Devon Kimble to give the team a lift from time to-time. New to the game are sophomores Charles Matthew and Billy Mace, as well as freshmen Preston Kuhn, Jimmy Shamblin, Tommy Yoho and Austin Stiles to finish out the squad.
It might take Wilkins a while to jell his cagers into a solid unit, but with Wilkins in charge, anything is possible. “These boys are working real hard.” Wilkins said. “We are doing a lot of fundamentals. But if you can’t pass or dribble the ball, you better be able to shuffle your feet and be willing to play 32 minutes of basketball game-in-and-game-out if you want to be successful. I’m happy to have Danny helping me and I know that he will help me build this team into a fine team.”
The Hornets open the season against West Greene inside the Hornets Nest Dec. 10 and against the Cameron Dragons Dec. 15, with all games getting started at 6 p.m.