Evart senior set to be key contributor for Wildcats this season

EVART  —  Evart’s boys basketball team is loaded with seniors this season and players like Josh Decator hope to make valuable contributions for the Wildcat attack.

Decator is one of 10 seniors on the 12-man roster for Evart and is in his second varsity season. He’s at 6-2 and will play down low for the Wildcats, looking to improve from a 7-13 record. Coach Kris Morgan will be looking for Decator to be a key rebounder for his team and also put in some layups.

The Wildcats ended three weeks of preseason practice to get ready for this week’s opening action.

Decator said his free-throw shooting accuracy is around 50-50, which could be a critical if he gets fouled extensively while driving frequently to the basket. That’s a percentage figure, however, that he hopes to improve upon significantly

Decator, also a football player, worked heavily on that sport during the offseason but also had some focus on basketball. He’s improved on his stamina this season, Decator indicated.

The Wildcats should be able to hold their own, height-wise with most teams, he added. Evart should be a full-court team, for the most part.

“We have 3-point shooters and big guys,” he said, indicating the Wildcats will use several players per game.

A highlight for the Wildcats was defeating Highland Conference power Beal City last season.

“The potential is to win a majority of our games,” Decator said, adding that a key factor will be “good rebounds on both offense and defense.”

Along with Beal City, McBain and Pine River are also expected to be top Highland contenders. Decator is hoping the Wildcats can also make some noise.

Most of the basketball players were on the football team.

“Football kept me in shape,” Decator said. “I’m a little stronger than last year.”