Evart players eager to start new boys basketball season

EVART  — Derek Bowen and Tre Dyer have traded in their football uniforms for basket ones at Evart and are ready to tip off a new season that starts next month.

Both are seniors and looking forward to helping the Wildcats be a factor in the Highland Conference race.

Bowen is in his second varsity season and recalls playing solid defense last season.

“Our team was really good,” he said. “I thought we really had a good chance of making some noise.”

He came off the bench last season and is hoping to see plenty of playing time at forward and guard. Defense will be his main role. He expects the team to play both man and zone defense.

“A lot of man because we’re quick,” he said. “We can get the turnover. We have quick hands. We’re going to be good off the fast break.”

Bowen is among the basketball players making the transition from football.

“Basketball is a lot more conditioning,” Bowen said. “It will take a couple of weeks to get used to basketball.”

Bowen takes pride in his defense.

“I’m physical and I box out and I have really quick hands,” Bowen said. “Our (team) strength is probably going to be our bigs and our forwards. We have good ball handlers. We’ll be fast breaking, a lot of layups. We’re going to push the ball hard and try to make other teams tired.

“We’ll have a good bench too.”

A winning record will be a top priority, Bowen added.

Dyer is in his second varsity season. A special memory for him as a junior was beating league powerhouse Beal City at home.

“It was hard work and dedication,” Dyer said of that memorable win.

During the offseason, Dyer did plenty of shooting workouts.

Last year, Dyer came off the bench. This year “my role will be making whatever shots I can and try getting the best plays,” he said.

He’ll be playing the center and forward positions. Getting rebounds and hitting some threes will be among Dyer’s main roles. The key in hitting his threes will be “taking the ones that look good and feel good to me,” he said

Dyer is confident the Wildcats can be strong inside.

“We’ll be stronger this year because we have more size on our team,” Dyer said adding that “speed and our hard work” will be strong assets for the squad.

The season starts at home Dec. 10 with Farwell.