2018-2019 Boys Varsity Basketball

2018 Varsity Boys Basketball 
Coaches: Bob Wonnell (Head Coach); Larry Nicks, Donta Rogers, Kelvin Vazquez, Brian Wood (Asst. Coaches)

Team Managers: Arieon Pendergrass, Angel Smalley, Jada Foy, 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
Deonta Chamberlain (32)
Shemar Robinson (3)
Julian Wallace (5)
Jayveon White (1)
Jeremy Baker (0)
Masiyah Dowsey (15)
Daniel Smith (21)
Dashuaun Coleman (4)
Jackson Richards (23)
Torian Smith (24)

R.J. Oglesby (42)
Rajon Sellers (10)
Drew Swain (20)
Noa Wainscott (24)
Bobby Wonnell (13)

Jarece Rogers (34)
Ta'Shy Stewart (32)


Date Opponent Time Score
Nov. 15 Manual Scrimmage (T) 7:00 pm
Nov. 20 Western (T) 6:00 pm (L) 53-47
Nov. 24 Westfield (T) 6:00 pm (L) 75-33
Westfield dominated play from tip to finish and outplayed, outworked, and outcoached the Kats for 32 minutes.

For the second straight game, senior Deonta Chamberlain led the Kats in spirit, effort, and leadership. He finished the night with nine points and 11 rebounds. Through two games, Chamberlain is averaging 16.5 rebounds per game.

Freshman Bobby Wonnell led the team in scoring with 11 points and also added three rebounds. Senior Shemar Robinson added 10 points and four rebounds as well.

The Kats will get back to work this week and look forward to playing Peru on Friday. As bad as it seems, everything that is going wrong is correctable as long as we are humble and willing to learn from our mistakes. As Kentucky Coach John Calapari says, "You are either winning or you are learning." We look forward to getting into the film room, learning, and getting better so that we can give Wildkat Nation the kind of play on the court they deserve.
​Coach Wonnell
Nov. 30 Peru (T) 6:15. pm (W) 47-35
The Kokomo Wildkats got their first win of the season on Friday night at Peru 47-35. The Kats won each quarter and played solid defense to secure a hard-fought road win. The game ended a three-game road trip to start the season.

Leading the way for Kokomo was senior Deonta
Chamberlain. Chamberlain finished with a teamhigh
16 points and 10 rebounds. It is the third
consecutive game Chamberlain has registered double digit rebounds to start the 2018-19 season.

Sophomore Jackson Richards played an outstanding all-around game adding nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and four steals.

Senior Jayveon White was an outstanding senior floor leader adding seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, while freshman Bobby Wonnell added seven points and three rebounds.

The Kats will have their home opener on Friday when we open North Central Conference play with a boys/girls doubleheader against McCutcheon. We will be unveiling our Phil Cox Memorial Patch on our home uniforms, as we pay tribute to a man who impacted the lives of so many Kokomo Wildkats on and off the courts and fields!
​Coach Wonnell
Dec. 7 McCutcheon (G/B DH) (H) 6:00 pm (L) 56-49
The Kats led the Mavs 41-38 at the end of the third quarter, but were unable to hold on to secure the win. Despite the loss, the Wildkats hit 12 three-point field goals, second most in school history.

Leading the way for the Wildkats was senior Shemar Robinson. Robinson hit five threes in route to 15 points to go along with three assists. Senior Deonta
Chamberlain added 10 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Bobby Wonnell contributed nine points and sophomore Jackson Richards had six points and five rebounds.
Coach Wonnell
Dec. 14 Marion (G/B DH) (H) 6:00 pm (L) 56-55
Kokomo lost a heartbreaker at Memorial Gymnasium to NCC conference rival Marion on Friday by the score of 56-55. On Saturday, the Kats traveled to Huntington North and dropped the game 56-41.

On Friday, the Kats were led by junior Jeremy Baker. In just his second game of the season, Baker poured in 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to go along with three assists. Freshman Bobby Wonnell added 15 points, and sophomore Jackson Richards added 10.
Coach Wonnell
Dec. 15 Huntington North (T) 6:00 pm (L) 56-41
At Huntington on Saturday, the Kats were again led by Baker in scoring with 14. Senior Shemar Robinson added 12 points. Baker, Robinson, and senior Jayveon White added three rebounds each to lead the Kats.

This week the Kats are back in action when they host a pair of games at Memorial Gym against Zionsville and Lebanon. While it has not shown up on the scoreboard the way we have hoped, the boys are working and have excellent attitudes and continue to get better each day. We look forward to the challenges ahead!!!
​Coach Wonnell
Dec. 21 Zionsville (H) 6:00 pm (L) 69-47
On Friday, the Kats lost to Zionsville, 69-47 at Memorial Gym. The Kats fought hard and played the Eagles very well in spurts. Leading the way for the Kats was senior Jayveon White with 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Junior Jeremy Baker and seniors Deonta Chamberlain and Shemar Robinson as well as freshman Bobby Wonnell contributed eight points apiece.
Coach Wonnell
Dec. 22 Lebanon (H) 6:00 pm (W) 62-47
On Saturday, the Wildkats earned their first home win of the season, beating Lebanon 62-47. Leading the way for the Kats was Chamberlain, who scored 19 and hauled in 12 rebounds. Robinson added 12 points, while White added seven points, eight assists, and five steals. Senior Julian Wallace and sophomore Jackson Richards added seven points apiece to round out a balanced scoring attack.
Coach Wonnell
Dec. 28 Lebanon Holiday Tourney TBD Kokomo 81 - Indianapolis Herron 49
The Kokomo Wildkats finished in third place in an eight-team field at the Lebanon Holiday Tournament.

In their first game of the tourney, the Kats posted an 81-49 win over Indianapolis Herron. The 81 points scored was the highest output for the Kats this season. Leading the way for Kokomo was Wonnell with a well-rounded effort scoring 15 points, grabbing eight rebounds, and recording five assists. Wallace and Robinson had 14 points apiece, while Chamberlain added 13 points and 10 rebounds. White added a season high nine assists.
Coach Wonnell
Dec. 29 Lebanon Holiday Tourney TBD Fishers 65 - Kokomo 57
Kokomo 48 - Lebanon 36
In their second game, the Kats lost to eventual champion Fishers, 65-57. Leading the way for the Kats was Baker with 23 points and three assists. Richards played an excellent floor game adding 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Chamberlain had seven points and eight rebounds.

In the third-place game on Saturday evening, the Kats defeated the host Lebanon Tigers by a score 48-36. Chamberlain was a force, leading the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the night. Robinson added nine points, while White added seven points and four assists. Wonnell contributed six points and four rebounds.

Chamberlain was named to the All-Tournament team. Heading into 2019, the Kats are 4-7. The coaching staff and I have enjoyed coaching this group and appreciate their hard-work and positive attitude as we continue to get better every day!!! The Kokomo Boys Basketball family would like to wish the Happiest of New Year's to Wildkat Nation! Thank you so much for your support!!!
Coach Wonnell
Jan. 4 Logansport (B/G) (T) 6:00 pm (L) 72-63
On Friday night, the Wildkats lost on the road to conference rival Logansport 72-63. The Kats had their chances throughout the game but were unable to close it out. Kokomo had four players in double digits, led by Chamberlain's 18 points and 12 rebounds. Wallace and Robinson had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Wonnell added 10 points. White had eight assists and Robinson dished out five.
Coach Wonnell
Jan. 5 FW Northrop (B/G DH) (H) 6:00 pm (W) 69-67
On Saturday, the Kats played their first home game of 2019 and gave Wildkat Nation a 69-67 over Fort Wayne Northrop.

The Kats trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter and rallied back to take the lead on a Wonnell three-pointer with 2:30 to go and were able to close the game out and earn a hard fought win.

The Kats were once again very balanced offensively with five guys scoring in double figures.

Richards was fantastic all night long and led the way with a career high 17 points. Wonnell added 13 points and six rebounds, and Chamberlain had another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. White had 11 points and four assists, while Robinson added 10 points.

The Kats return to NCC play this week as they host Harrison. We need you guys out loud and proud this week as it will be a HUGE conference game. We look forward to getting back to work and getting a little bit better each day!!! See you at Memorial!!
Go Kats!
- Coach Wonnell
Jan. 11 Harrison (H) 6:00 pm (W) 51-47
The Kokomo Wildkats boys basketball picked up their first NCC win of the season and improved to 6-8 on the year with a 51-47 win over Harrison on Friday night in Memorial Gymnasium.

The win makes the Kats 1-3 in conference play this season.

The Kats were led by senior Jayveon White with 13 points, four assists and three steals. Freshman Bobby Wonnell had 12 points and two rebounds, and senior Julian Wallace added 10 points. Sophomore Jackson Richards had an outstanding all-around game with eight points, three rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

The Kats are back in action this weekend with two road games. On Friday, the Kats will travel to the old Muncie South High School gym to play conference rival Muncie Central. Then on Saturday, the Kats will travel to Tipton to play the state-ranked Blue Devils. The Kats look forward to a great week of practice and to getting better each day. We hope to see you at the games this week!!!
​Coach Wonnell
Jan. 18 Muncie Central (T) 6:00 pm (L) 62-52
The Kats led by 28-27 at the half, but were not able to keep the ball out of the lane in the second half. This led to open lanes, lay-ups, and three-pointers that the Bearcats took advantage of, particularly in a key stretch in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Jackson Richards led the way with 12 points. Senior Deonta Chamberlain added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Jayveon White added 10 points and five assists.

The Kats were scheduled to travel to Tipton on Saturday, but were forced to postpone due to weather conditions. The Kats will now play three games this week: at Tipton on Wednesday, 1/23/19; at Lafayette Jeff on 1/25/19, and at home versus Cass on 1/26/19.
​Coach Wonnell
Jan. 23 Tipton (T) 6:00 pm  (L) 67-66 OT
The Kokomo Boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker on the road last night in overtime to Tipton, 67-66.

The Kats led 36-23 at halftime after playing really well in the first half, assisting on 10 of 15 made field goals. The Blue Devils had a red hot shooting third quarter, going 5-for-6 from three and cutting the Kat lead down to one at the end of the quarter. The Kats continued to battle and played hard, eventually falling on a buzzer beater in overtime to drop to 6-10 on the season.

Leading the way for Kokomo was sophomore Jackson Richards with 12 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Dashaun Coleman and senior Shemar Robinson added 10 apiece, while senior Jayveon White added nine points, five rebounds and six assists.
​Coach Wonnell
Jan. 25 Lafayette Jeff (T) 6:00 pm (L) 91-70
On Friday night, the Kats traveled to Lafayette Jeff for an NCC showdown. The hot shooting Bronchos went 14-for-28 from three-point range in route to a 91-70 win over the Kats.

Leading the way for Kokomo were Jackson Richards and Shemar Robinson with 15 points apiece. Freshman Bobby Wonnell added nine points.

The loss dropped the Kats to 1-5 in NCC play.
Coach Wonnell
Jan. 26 Cass (H) 6:00 pm (W) 57-37
On Saturday, the Kats returned to Memorial Gym to host Lewis Cass. The Kats played stingy defense, winning 57-37.

Leading the way for Kokomo was the sophomore Richards scoring 15 points and pulling in five rebounds. Wonnell added 14 points and three rebounds, while seniors Deonta Chamberlain added eight points and 12 rebounds and Jayveon White added five points and seven assists with no turnovers.
​Coach Wonnell
Jan. 31 Arsenal Tech (T) 6:00 pm (L) 56-52
The Kokomo boys basketball team lost at conference rival Arsenal Tech 56-52. The loss drops the Kats to 7-12 on the season and 1-6 in conference play.

The Kats were led by freshman Bobby Wonnell with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Sophomore Jackson Richards added 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while senior Deonta Chamberlain scored 10 points and pulled in seven rebounds.
​Coach Wonnell
Feb. 8 Richmond (H) 6:30 pm (W) 41-36
The Kokomo boys basketball team got a home conference win on Friday night with a 41-36 win over the Richmond Red Devils.

The win moved the Wildkats to 8-12 on the season, and 2-6 in NCC play.

Leading the way for the Kats was senior Deonta Chamberlain with 16 points and nine rebounds. Chamberlain was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field.

Senior Shemar Robinson scored seven points. Sophomore Jackson Richards scored six and pulled down a season high seven rebounds.

The Kats are back on the road as they close out their NCC schedule when they travel to Anderson Friday. Then on Saturday night, the Kats will head to Fort Wayne North.

The Kats will close the regular season at home on February 20th when we host Fishers for Senior Night. We hope to see you out at the games down the stretch!! We are really excited to get back in the gym in the week and get better every day!!
​Coach Wonnell
Feb. 15 Anderson (T) 6:00 pm (W) 71-57
On Friday, the Kats closed out their NCC conference schedule with a 71-57 win over the host Anderson Indians. The Kats had four players in double figures, led by senior Deonta Chamberlain's 17 point- and 17-rebound performance.

Sophomore Jackson Richards also scored 17 points and added five rebounds. Freshman Bobby Wonnell added 14 points and three rebounds, and seniors Julian Wallace and Shemar Robinson added 10 and nine points, respectively. With the win, the Kats finished 3-6 in NCC play for the season.
Coach Wonnell
Feb. 16 FW North Side (T) 6:00 pm (W) 66-48
On Saturday, the Kats traveled to Fort Wayne Northside to battle the host Legends. The Kats defeated the Legends 66-48. The Kats again had balance scoring with six players scoring eight or more points.

Leading the way for the Kats was Chamberlain with 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior Jayveon White, sophomore Dashaun Coleman and Wonnell had 10 points apiece. Robinson had nine points, and Richards had eight.

The Kats conclude the regular season on Wednesday when they host the Fishers Tigers on Senior Night! Wildkat Nation, let's come out to show our support and appreciation for the hard work and dedication of this season’s seniors: Managers - Auriana Brown and
Maurionna Minor and of course our Wildkat senior players Chamberlain, Robinson, Wallace, and White.

We are excited to get back at it this week and keep getting better. We hope to see you at Memorial on Wednesday as we honor this group of fantastic student-athletes!
​Coach Wonnell
Feb. 20 Fishers (H) 6:00 pm (L) 64-54
Leading the way for the Wildkats was senior
Jayveon White with 12 points. Freshman Bobby
Wonnell added 11 points, and seniors Deonta
Chamberlain and Julian Wallace added 10 points
apiece.

Wednesday was Senior Night. The coaching staff
and I would like to thank our four seniors Deonta
Chamberlain, Shemar Robinson, Julian Wallace and
Jayveon White for all their hard work, commitment,
and sacrifice for the Kokomo boys basketball
program. These young men have been fantastic kids
to coach these past two years and I can't thank them
and their families enough for all that they have done.
We will miss you and wish you all the best in the
future. The sky is the limit for all four of you and
your Wildkat family will be here rooting you on all
the way!
​Coach Wonnell
Feb. 26 IHSAA Sectional @ Kokomo TBD Lafayette Jeff 89 - Harrison 57
Kokomo 62 - Logansport 54
Leading the way for Kokomo were seniors Jayveon White and Deonta Chamberlain. White set the pace for the Kats all night, scoring 14 points and dishing out six assists. Chamberlain was a man amongst boys scoring 10 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Sophomore Jackson Richards added 12 points, and freshman Bobby Wonnell scored 11.

The Kats will need Wildkat Nation out loud and proud as they battle McCutcheon Friday at 7:30 PM at Memorial Gymnasium. We hope to see you there!!!
​Coach Wonnell

Zionsville 71 - Lafayette Jeff 66
McCutcheon 44 - Kokomo 43
The Kokomo boys basketball team lost in the semifinal of the IHSAA sectional tournament on Friday night to McCutcheon 44-43 at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Wildkats finished the season 11-14.

Leading the way for Kokomo was senior Jayveon White with 15 points and two assists. Senior Deonta
Chamberlain added eight points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Jackson Richards added eight points and seven rebounds.

I would like to thank our seniors Deonta Chamberlain,
Shemar Robinson, Julian Wallace and Jayveon White for their hard-work, dedication, and sacrifice for the Kokomo Wildkat boys basketball program. These young men represented Kokomo High School with the type of leadership on and off the court that truly signifies what it means to be a Wildkat.

All four of these young men have extremely bright
futures and we will miss them dearly. We look forward to getting back in the gym and getting better. We appreciate all the support that this fantastic community provides us. We are so lucky to get to go out each night and represent Kokomo High School and Wildkat Nation!!
​Coach Wonnell

Zionsville 64 - McCutcheon 41
Season Review:

The 2018-19 season was a year of re-establishing standards of success in the Kokomo boys basketball program. The Wildkats finished the season this year 11-14 and 3-6 in North Central Conference play. While our record was not what we would have liked it to be, it was a tremendous season of growth on and off the court.

The season started off about as roughly as anyone could have imagined. Injuries and players adjusting to new and bigger roles than they had anticipated led to a 1-6 start for the Kats. At this point, it would have been very easy for our players to give up, start pointing fingers or start making Spring Break plans! Thanks to fantastic senior leadership, positive attitudes, and a belief in simply getting better at what we are doing, the Kats were able to improve over the course of the season and finished the season playing their best basketball, winning five of the last seven games, including a 62-54 win over Logansport in opening round of sectional play at Memorial Gymnasium.

This season, the Wildkats had a balanced attack with several players contributing on both ends of the court. The Wildkats were led by senior Deonta Chamberlain. Deonta led the Wildkats in scoring and rebounding, averaging 11.5 points per game and 10.7 rebounds per game. Deonta led the NCC in rebounding. Sophomore Jackson Richards scored 8.7 PPG and 4.2 RPG. Freshman Bobby Wonnell averaged 8.6 PPG while shooting 44% from three-point range and 86% from the free throw line. Senior Jayveon White averaged 7.2 PPG and 4.2 assists. His 4.2 APG average was the second highest average in the conference. Seniors Shemar Robinson and Julian Wallace averaged 7.7 PPG and 5.2 PPG, respectively, while guarding our opponents’ best offensive players. Sophomore Dashaun Coleman averaged 6.2 PPG, while being limited to only 10 games because of a broken left wrist. Junior Jeremy Baker (11.1 ppg) only played six games this season due to ankle injuries to both ankles.
One of the greatest things about coaching the Kokomo Wildkats is that you are the head coach of one of the winningest programs in Indiana High School Basketball history! Wildkat Nation is accustomed to winning, and our fans deserve a winner. Another really neat thing about coaching at Kokomo is the fact that our fan base knows and loves basketball. While we were unable to add another NCC conference championship or our state record 75thsectional championship, this group of young men worked hard all year long and got a lot better!! These young men represented Kokomo High School very well on and off the court, and the coaching staff and I enjoyed working with them and are very proud of them!

The future of Kokomo basketball is very bright because of the character of the people we have in the program and the commitment they are continuing to make to each other and to getting better as people and players.

I would like to thank our seniors - Deonta Chamberlain, Shemar Robinson, Julian Wallace and Jayveon White. Their hard work, positive attitude, and love for Kokomo High School and their teammates will be dearly missed!

In closing, the coaching staff, players, and managers of the Kokomo Boys Basketball family would like to thank Dr. Hauswald, Mrs. Blessing, and all of our wonderful administrators at Kokomo High School, Athletic Director Nick Sale, Missy Newton, and Terry Downham for all you do for boys’ basketball!!! We also want to thank the Memorial Maniacs and ALL OF WILDKAT NATION for all your support. The boys and I are excited to get back at it and start getting better and bringing our fans a championship!
Go Kats!!
Coach Wonnell

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