KANKAKEE KAYS

Head Coach: Ronnie Wilcox
Conference: Southland Athletic Conference
2008 Overall/Conference Record: 11-14 (2-8)
2009 IHSA Enrollment/Classification: 1,303 (3A)
Last Postseason Championship: Regional (2007-08)

 

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," Wilcox stated.

Kankakee struggled 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).