El Dorado Head Coach Steven Harshaw said that his team was not satisfied with last season, despite a 26-5 record and a semifinal appearance in the class 6A playoffs. "The end of the season was a huge disappointment," said the second year coach. "I got the job three weeks before the season started. We were able to put some things in and we thought we were really coming together. I thought we were the hottest team in the State heading into the tournament. We didn't play with confidence and it caught up with us."
El Dorado returns just five players from last year's team, but three of them were starters. "Whitney and Kanedria started at forward for us" explained Harshaw. "We had 9 seniors at the beginning of last season and 6 of them were post players." Almost all of Harshaw's seniors received some sort of offer to play college basketball last year, mostly from the junior college ranks. The Lady Wildcats would receive a lot more attention this year.
"Whitney's was a typical recruiting process" described her coach. "It started with video and stat requests, and then several would try to set up visits. Texas A&M and Kansas State showed a lot of interest. She just had a great state tournament and she played well in AAU.
"Kanedria didn't play AAU," added Harshaw. "She played out of position because of all the senior post players we had. She went to individual camp at Louisiana Tech and got noticed. We went back for team camp and she had a great camp. It was all they needed to see. She's a diamond in the rough, but they see, but they see what she's capable of doing.
Harshaw had an idea of what kind of talent El Dorado possessed when he first looked into the job. "My dad coached the boys here," he explained. "He told me about the job. I knew they had some talent, but I didn't know to what extent. I knew they were athletic after I saw some film."
Whitney Frazier is a very athletic player for Coach Harshaw, who said he put in some of Tech's offense to help Frazier and Andrews get used to it. Harshaw said Frazier plays power forward for him, but he envisions her as a small forward at the next level. He does admit that she is capable of playing the four in a smaller, faster lineup that the Techsters will run at times.
El Dorado just started their season. The Lady Wildcats host Camden-Fairview on Tuesday in what will be their only home game until after Christmas.