2017-2018 Boys Varsity Basketball

 2017 Boys Basketball Team
Coaches: Bob Wonnell (Head Coach); Lawrence Burnett, Phil Cox, Larry Nicks, Stacey Pollard (Asst. Coaches)

Team Managers: Arieon Pendergrass, Angel Smalley, Jada Foy, Coralyn Hawley, Shelby Hiatt

Statisticians: Abram Stamper, Bob Wininger            Athletic Trainers: Sara Sullivan, Mallory Brown

Team Doctor:  Dr. Holland           Sports Information Director:  Terry Downham

Equipment Manager:  Tom Hale
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Anthony Barnard (23)
Trajan Deckard (4)
Nate Hemmerich (50)
Antonio Jones (15)
Kyle Wade (24)
Deonta Chamberlain (32)
Steven Edwards (2/34)
Shemar Robinson (3/30)
Julian Wallace (5/32)
Jayveon White (1)

Michael Ewing (40)
Daniel Smith (12)
Jaden Young (24)
Jeremy Baker (35)
Kohl Beard (21/42)

Charez Butcher (50)
Jerry Hendrix (52)
Deshaun Coleman (10)
Jackson Richards (14)
Noah Smalley (44)
Torian Smith (20)

Date Opponent Time Score
Nov. 16 Manual Scrimmage (H) 7:00 pm  
Dec. 5 Western (H) (DH) 6:00 pm (W) 69-44
Leading the way for the Wildkats were senior Trajan Deckard and sophomore Jeremy Baker with 16 points each. Seniors Anthony Barnard and Nate Hemmerich added 11 and nine points, respectively. Senior Kyle Wade added six, junior Jayveon White had six, and junior Deonta Chamberlain contributed five points.

It was a true team effort from the Wildkats, who dished out 18 assists on 28 made baskets. Baker led the way with five assists, while both Deckard and
Barnard both handed out four a piece.
​Coach Wonnell
Dec. 8 McCutcheon (G/B DH) (T) 6:00 pm (L) 84-55
Dec. 9 Frankfort (H) 6:00 pm (W) 88-77 OT
Leading the way for the Kats on Saturday was Barnard with 34 points. Deckard added 24 points, and junior Jayveon White had 11. Senior Kyle Wade and junior Shemar Robinson added six points apiece. Robinson filled in big time for Baker, who was out on Saturday with a twisted ankle.
- Coach Wonnell
Dec. 15 Marion (G/B DH) (T) 6:30 pm (L) 67-62
On Friday, the Kats lost a road conference game at
Marion 62-67. Leading the way for Kokomo on Friday
were seniors Trajan Deckard with 25 points and
Anthony Barnard with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The
loss dropped the Kats to 0-2 in NCC play.
- Coach Wonnell
Dec. 16 Huntington North (H) 6:00 pm (L) 47-35
The Kats returned to the friendly confines of Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday to battle the Vikings of Huntington North. In about a polar opposite difference in pace of play from Friday night, the Kats dropped their 1st home game of the season 47-35. The Kats struggled offensively, shooting 36% from the field and 18% from three-point land. Leading the way for the Kats was Senior Trajan Deckard with 17 points.
- Coach Wonnell
Dec. 22 Zionsville (T) 6:00 pm (L) 70-56
Dec. 23 Lebanon (T) 6:00 pm (W) 51-35
Dec. 28 Lebanon Holiday Tournament (T)
12:00 pm Kokomo 52 - Heritage Christian 48
Dec. 29 Lebanon Holiday Tournament (T) 10:00 am Marquette Catholic 73 - Kokomo 66
Kokomo 52 - Lebanon 46
Jan. 5 Logansport (G/B) (H) 6:00 pm Postponed.  Make-up on Jan. 16th.
Jan. 6 FW Northrop (T) 6:00 pm (W) 52-46
Jan. 13 Peru (H) 6:00 pm (W) 62-47
Jan. 16 Logansport (G/B DH) (H) 6:00 pm (W) 60-45
Leading the way for the Wildkats in scoring was senior Trajan Deckard with 22 points. Senior Anthony Barnard added nine points, sophomore Jeremy Baker had eight, and junior Deonta Chamberlin pitched in with seven.

The Wildkats out-rebounded the Berries 40-21 for the game. Baker led the way on the glass with nine rebounds. Barnard added seven, while Deckard, Chamberlain and senior Kyle Wade all added five rebounds apiece!
- Coach Wonnell
Jan. 19 Muncie Central (H) 6:00 pm (W) 65-61
Jan. 20 Harrison (T) 6:00 pm (L) 57-38
Jan. 26 Lafayette Jeff (H) 6:00 pm (L) 64-62
Jan. 27 Lewis Cass (T) 6:00 pm (W) 63-46
Feb. 1 Arsenal Tech (H) 6:00 pm (W) 59-56
Leading the way for Kokomo was senior Anthony Barnard, scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Senior Trajan Deckard added 12 points, while sophomore Jeremy Baker contributed eight points and four rebounds. Junior Deontae  Chamberlain grabbed 10 rebounds for the Kats.
- Coach Wonnell
Feb. 3 Tipton (H) 12:30 pm (W) 62-50 2OT
In varsity action, the Kats fell behind early again, trailing 15-5 at the end of the first quarter. But the Kats crawled their way back into the game and trailed by four at halftime.

The Kats outscored the Blue Devils 15-10 in the fourth quarter to send the game to OT. Both teams scored six points in the first overtime, but the Kats outscored Tipton 13-1 in the second OT to get the victory.

Leading the way for Kokomo was senior Anthony Barnard with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Jeremy Baker added 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior Kyle Wade scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds, while senior Trajan Deckard added 10
points and dished out four assists.
- Coach Wonnell
Feb. 9 Richmond (T) 6:30 pm (L) 71-64
Feb. 16 Anderson (H) 6:00 pm (L) 59-40
Feb. 17 Westfield (H) 6:00 pm (L) 71-64
The Kokomo Wildkats boys basketball team dropped a pair of home games this weekend to fall to 12-10 on the season.

The Kats lost a conference game Friday to visiting Anderson, 59-40. We fell to Westfield on Saturday night 71-64.

Leading the way for the Kats was senior Anthony Barnard. Over two games, Barnard averaged 22.5 PPG and 7.5 RPG. Senior Trajan Deckard chipped in 12 PPG over the two games.

Saturday was Senior Night. The Kokomo boys basketball program would like to thank this year's seniors: Anthony Barnard, Trajan Deckard, Nate Hemmerich, Antonio Jones, and Kyle Wade for all their hard-work and dedication this year and
throughout their careers at Kokomo High School.

The Wildkats are back in action tomorrow night when they travel to Fishers to complete the regular season.
- Coach Wonnell
Feb. 20 Fishers (T) 6:00 pm (L) 58-53
The Kats were led in scoring seniors Anthony Barnard and Trajan Deckard with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Barnard and sophomore Jeremy Baker led the rebounding effort for Kokomo with four rebounds apiece. Deckard and Barnard led the Kats in the assist column, both dishing out three assists.
- Coach Wonnell
Feb. 27 IHSAA Sectional @ Laf. Jeff 6:00 pm Laf. Jeff 50 - Kokomo 39
The Kokomo Wildkat boys basketball team lost in the opening round of sectional to the host Lafayette Jefferson Bronchos 50-39. The Wildkats finished the season 12-12.

Leading the way for the Wildkats were by seniors Anthony Barnard with 13 and Trajan Deckard with 10. Sophomore Jeremy Baker added seven points and junior Julian Wallace added five. Barnard grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and Baker added six.

The coaching staff would like to thank our seniors: Anthony Barnard, Trajan Deckard, Nate Hemmerich, Antonio Jones, and Kyle Wade for all of their hard work and dedication to the Kokomo boys basketball program!! They are a special group of young men and will do great things in their futures! We will miss you! Please know you will always be part of the Wildkat family!!!

While it was not the ending to the season we had hoped for, I am very proud of our boys! Being the head coach of the Kokomo Wildkats is the honor of a lifetime for me and I can't wait to get back in the gym and start getting better for next season.

To Wildkat Nation, thank you so much for your support throughout the season. We have the best fans in the state and we are going to bust our tails off this offseason for you guys!
Go Kats!!
Coach Wonnell
Zionsville 52 - Logansport 43
McCutcheon 67 - Lafayette Jeff 53
Zionsville 79 - Harrison 59
Zionsville 60 - McCutcheon 50
Season Review:

The 2017-18 Kokomo boys basketball season was a year of transition for our basketball program, players, staff, and of course, my family and I.

My wife Monica and I, along with our kids would like to thank Dr. Hauswald, Mrs. Blessing, and Mr. Snyder for all they have done to help us this year. They have been amazing!!! I would like to thank the students, staff, and community for their support!! The way that you guys get behind us is amazing, and I can’t tell you how much it means to our staff and the players.

No coach writes a story of his first season finishing with a 12-12 record. We never seemed to be able to turn the corner and play at a consistently high level. I would like to thank the players for their hard work and dedication to the program. I also would like to thank our five seniors: Anthony Barnard, Nate Hemmerich, Trajan Deckard, Antonio Jones, and Kyle Wade. Your leadership will be missed, and we look forward to following you as you head to college.

Leading the way for the Wildkats this year was Barnard. Anthony led the team is scoring at 19 points per game. He also led the team in rebounding (8.67 RPG), assists (1.7 APG), blocked shots, and free throws attempted (149). For his efforts, Barnard was selected to the First Team All-NCC team for the second consecutive season. Anthony was also recently invited to participate in the Top 60 workout. Upon graduating from Kokomo, Anthony will go to Purdue University Northwest on a full ride basketball scholarship.

Deckard also had a breakout season, averaging 16.5 points per game. He shot 50% from the field and 43% from three-point range (47/109). Deckard was also a sharpshooter from the free throw line, making an impressive 84 of 101 tries (83%). He was also a defensive menace, leading the Kats in steals at 1.6 per game. Trajan was named Second Team All-NCC for his outstanding play this season. Trajan will also be playing basketball collegiately at IU Kokomo.
The Wildkats are also doing great things in the classroom! Hemmerich and Wade were both named to the North Central Conference’s All-Academic Team. Hemmerich also won the prestigious Wherrett Scholarship. We are so proud of these boys for these fantastic accomplishments!

In closing, I am extremely optimistic about the direction of our program and to get going with an offseason of skill development! We will return six lettermen from this year’s team: sophomore Jeremy Baker, and juniors Deonta Chamberlain, Shemar Robinson, Julian Wallace, and Jayveon White. We will also have several really talented players from our 14-6 JV team. The group of freshman Deshaun Coleman and Jackson Richards, combined with sophomores Kohl Beard and Charez Butcher teamed with junior Steven Edwards figure to compete to round out what should be a very talented roster.

Thanks again to all of the students at Kokomo High School, the teachers, staff, and administration as well as the community. Your support will inspire and fuel our offseason efforts to get better and represent you guys the way you deserve. Have a great offseason and we will see you next basketball season!

Yours in basketball,
Coach Wonnell

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