The Kays struggled
to a (11-14) final record last year, but are looking to improve
upon that mark for 2009-10, and coach Ronnie Wilcox believes he
has the right group to do just that. "This group of guys
bring the right attitude and hard work every day. Our focus is
on getting better everyday and see where that takes us,"
through most of last season, limping to their final (11-14) mark.
The team finished just (2-8) in the Southland Athletic Conference.
"Last year's team never realized their full potential as
we fought too many off court issues."
Terrell Brooks (6'2"
Sr. Guard/Forward) will be the Kays go-to-guy this season. "He
does it all for us, scores, rebounds, and defends." Another
returning starter that is going to be depended on is Mike Wright
(6'0" Sr. Guard). "A gifted athlete who could have a
nice season. A hard-nosed competitor." Kankakee will get
a returning starter back in Goldie Hairston (6'5" Sr.). "Moving
back for his senior season. Had a solid summer and looks to be
a big contributor this season."
One newcomer that could
have a breakout season is Alvin Braddock (6'4" So. Forward).
"Has potential to be a solid player for us as he matures."
Other newcomers for the Kays will be, Marcus Smith (6'1"
Sr. Guard), Anthony Lawrence (6'1" Sr. Forward), and Joe
Begley (6'2" Sr. Forward).
Kankakee will try to
improve on their two-win campaign in the Southland Athletic Conference
this year. "(SAC) will be very good again. Bloom, Rich South,
and Crete-Monee will be very good."
Ronnie Wilcox has led
Kankakee for the past two seasons. His first year, the Kays won
a regional title, finishing the season under .500 (12-17) despite
the hardware. Wilcox also coached (Chicago) Mt. Carmel from (2002-2005).
He led the Caravan to a regional title during the (2002-03) season.
The Kays have qualified
for the state finals twice in school history. The (1943-44) team
finished (23-11) under coach Henry Holt, while the (1951-52) squad
went (15-14) under Earl Jones. Jones coached Kankakee for 10 seasons
(1947-48 to 1956-57), compiling a (168-90) record. Alex Renchen
went (189-169) in 14 years at KHS (1993-94 to 2006-07).