Senior giving Wildcats key spark in his first varsity basketball season


EVART  — Larry VanBuren had a strong football season in the fall for Evart. But in recent weeks, he’s been making his presence known on the basketball court.

The Wildcats lost three games last week. In a previous game, VanBuren had an impressive game with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 55-54 win over McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

“They were really hurting us inside,” Evart coach Kris Morgan said after that game. “Larry came and picked it up. He brought up our intensity. He’s starting to come around too. He didn’t play last year. He’s figuring out what it takes. He brings energy and toughness to it.”

“We just picked up our intensity and went after it,” VanBuren said about the game. “I had a few putbacks.”

When he’s on the court for the Wildcats, VanBuren has one objective in mind: get the rebound.

“The minutes I’m in, I’m usually pretty successful,” he said. “Don’t let them push you around.”

VanBuren, a senior, hadn’t played basketball since his freshman season.

“I was weight-lifting,” he said.”It’s my senior year and all my friends wanted me to come out. After the first game, I felt more comfortable.”

The Wildcats, with less than three weeks to go in the regular season, are around the .500 mark.

“We need to pick up our intensity up at the beginning of the game and start off faster,” VanBuren said. “I think we can go far in districts.”

He hopes to improve on his ball handling.

VanBuren will be in track during the spring.

Basketball, “is a different game,” he said. “You have to practice on your basketball skills and running, You have to be conditioned.”