Horizon basketball hoping to start this season where they left off

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 12/5/19

Heading into his 10th year as coach of Horizon, Chad Wilson believes his team — despite losing seven seniors — is capable of another successful campaign off a 16-9 (8-4 in conference) record in …

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Horizon basketball hoping to start this season where they left off

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Heading into his 10th year as coach of Horizon, Chad Wilson believes his team — despite losing seven seniors — is capable of another successful campaign off a 16-9 (8-4 in conference) record in 2018-2019.

Headlining the charge of the Hawks will be senior Daric Conkright — one of four seniors on the roster. When asked about Conkright — who averaged 7.2 points per game last year — Wilson was confident.

“He will definitely be our leader,” Wilson said. “We expect him to be one of the better two-way players in the league.”

Potentially helping carry the weight of an offense that lost 69 percent of their scoring due to graduation, an extremely talented sophomore class of seven will be expected to contribute substantially at the varsity level.

After starting all but four games last season, the 6-foot-7 interior presence of Brock Wisne proved the difference maker as a freshman in establishing a role near the basket. Also improving throughout the offseason, Wilson said, “he’s going to make a huge jump and be quite a force for us. We are really excited about him.”

Excitement is also building around sophomore point guard Xavier Harris, who saw minutes regularly as the backup a season ago. Wilson trusts the game-manager mentioning how he never gets rattled, he’s always poised and that “he’s one of the coolest kids I’ve ever coached.”

“Our goal — is a cliché — we want to take it one day at a time and just get better every day,” Wilson said. “I think as we do that, we don’t have to see a big dropoff after graduating such a good class. These kids are capable of picking up right where we left off. There is some maturity, leadership, and experience we are going to have to get along the way, but if we work hard, I think by the end of the year, we could be right where we were at the end of last year.”

The Hawks will begin their season De. 6 at 3:30 p.m. against Glenwood Springs in the Warrior Challenge Tournament.

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