Boys' basketball preview: Maxwell Wildcats

MAXWELL, Neb. (KNOP) - Brent Dinslage enters his third year as head coach for the Maxwell boys' basketball team. The Wildcats will have a lot of experience making a return for the season.

Maxwell head coach Brent Dinslage talks with junior Connor McKeeman during a drill at practice (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

"We're fortunate we have about six guys with starting experience coming," Dinslage said, "We don't have a lot of depth right now, we're going to need some young guys to step up and provide that depth."

According to Dinslage, the Wildcats only have three guard combined between the varsity and junior varsity rosters, which will force him to get creative with his front court players.

"For this year, we're going to have some guys that are playing out of position at times, but they've been working hard to improve their ball handling and decision-making skills from the guard spot," Dinslage said.

The Wildcats do have experienced big men, but for the guards, like junior Connor McKeeman, they should be ready to play a lot of minutes this season.

"In practice we just need to make sure we're going 100% so we're in shape for the games," McKeeman said.

McKeeman also said the guards need to rely on the big men on the team. "We have a lot of good well-trained post players and they can cycle through and keep our game going," he said.

One of those front court players is senior forward Seth Simcox. To combat the lack of depth at the guard position, Simcox said the team needs to utilize good ball movement.

"We need to try to get people open, set lots of screens, stuff like that," Simcox said.

This season, the Wildcats want to put more emphasis on preventing their opponents from scoring.

"We let a lot of the points go up last year. This year, we're going to work a lot harder on the defense," Simcox said.

The Wildcats open their season on Dec. 6 with a road game at Sandhills/Thedford.