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Wildcat hoop team figures to be stronger

In more than 30 years of coaching at the high school and collegiate levels, Ron Abegglen has a remarkable record that not many coaches can match. Not even Dean Smith. Abegglen has never had a losing season.

Last year, the Wildcats came close to breaking Abegglen's streak, eking out a 15-13 record. However, they shouldn't have any problem keeping it alive this year with a team that returns four starters.Leading the way are guards Damien Baskerville and Alex Fisher, who both earned all-Big Sky Conference honors. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Baskerville not only led the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game, but also led in rebounding at 6.6 per game, in assists (4.4) and steals (2.4). Unfortunately, he was injured midway through the league season and sat out the final eight games.

Fisher was right behind Baskerville with a 17.5 scoring average, and he also set a Weber State single season record for most three-pointers and led the Big Sky with 75 treys.

Other returning starters are 6-1 James Smith and 6-5 Ryan Jama, who earned conference co-freshman of the year honors.

What the Wildcats need is inside help, and they hope 7-1 sophomore Cameron Koford of Fremont High School will come through. A couple of returning 6-9 players, Eric Ketcham and Joey Haws, will fight for a starting spot along with transfer Andy Jensen, who has played for both Southern Utah and the University of Utah.

A couple of freshmen, 6-8 Jake Shoff of American Fork and 6-5 Nic Sparrow, provide the Wildcats with some inside depth.

The Wildcats have a tough preseason schedule, which begins a week earlier than usual. They start off with nationally-ranked Utah on Nov. 19, before playing Boise State and Nevada of the Big West.