West Monroe basketball coach Kyle Hill is stressing consistency this summer.
“We were inexperienced last year, so we had some ups and downs,” Hill said. “We just need to be more consistent in the things we do.”
With four starters back from last year’s 17-16 outfit, the Rebels will field a veteran squad this time around.
Regrouping from a customary slow start, the Rebels won 10 of their final 14 games, including a 72-68 first round road playoff victory over Covington.
“We have a lot of guys who play football, which is fine. We want them to be successful in everything they do, but it makes it hard when you go deep in the playoffs every year to get everybody on the same page,” Hill said. “By the time we get to February, I feel like we have a chance to be pretty good.”
A trio of seniors, center Dontrell Cobbs and guards Jerry Day and Jalen White, return along with junior guard Javion Richard.
Although guard Brandon Jackson is the lone missing starter, Hill says all five positions are up for grabs.
“We’re in a situation where all of our spots are open every year,” Hill said. “We have had guys start one year and be a role player the next year. You never know which one is going to grow up and who is going to get better.”
Competing in the Neville Team Camp (Tuesday, May 28-Thursday, May 30), the Rebels won Pool D with a 4-2 record. Playing two games each day, West Monroe downed Carroll 43-21, lost to Franklin Parish 37-20, defeated New Living Word 34-15, bested Simsboro 41-29, fell to eventual camp champion Shreveport Woodlawn 47-22 and upended Bastrop 46-15. West Monroe did not return Friday for the post-camp single elimination tournament.
The Rebels will join a number of area teams in the NELA summer league, with games to be played at various venues.