Basketball Season Outlook

Clovis High School coach Jerry Isler gives us a look into the prospects of this season. This looks to be a good year for the Wildcats.

The 2006-07 Clovis Wildcats promise to be an exciting team to watch. Coming off a State playoff season that featured 7 sophmores, this year's squad will be more seasoned and poised to be in the mix for a deep playoff run. Clovis will be led by 1st team All-District guards Cody Thornsbury and Jaden Isler. Isler led the team in assists and was second in scoring last season while Thornsbury led the team in scoring and three pointers. Bryce Hill and Michael Lewis, both 2nd team All-District selections, give the Wildcats another deadly perimeter threat and strong inside presence. Layne Strebeck should compliment Lewis on the inside. Manuel Robles give the Cats a slasher while Jordan Mendoza should be a major contributor with his solid inside play.

Look for this season's Wildcat team to push the tempo on both ends of the floor. Full court defensive pressure and fast break opportunities are a must as the Wildcats lack size. Quickness and athleticism will not be lacking though and this should be one of the best perimeter shooting teams in the State with Isler, Thornsbury and Hill. This year's edition of the Wildcats will rely on more three point opportunities than in the past but still will be very respectable in the post position with Lewis, Strebeck and Mendoza.

The schedule is always tough and will have the Wildcats playoff ready come February. Included will be State tournament teams Manzano, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Roswell and Alamogordo. Tough Texas teams Amarillo High, Canyon and Borger are also on the schedule. The Wildcats will host their annual Milk Cow Classic in December which always is considered one of the best Holiday tournaments in the State

"I really like this team and our chemistry" said Head Coach J.D. Isler. "They are a competitive group with good basketball instincts. We will shoot the ball very well and play well defensively. Obviously our lack of size concerns us with rebounding and we will have to make up for that. I definitely think we will be in the mix for a title run."

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