Mount Clemens boys basketball coach believes his group is tops in MAC Gold

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published January 11, 2012

 Mount Clemens High School senior forward Xavier Holmes (15) has been tapped by head coach Kurt Wilson as one of the players who will be key to the Bathers’ success this season. The squad is looking to repeat as Macomb Area Conference Gold Division champs.

Mount Clemens High School senior forward Xavier Holmes (15) has been tapped by head coach Kurt Wilson as one of the players who will be key to the Bathers’ success this season. The squad is looking to repeat as Macomb Area Conference Gold Division champs.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A change in personnel isn’t enough to sway Mount Clemens High School boys basketball coach Kurt Wilson’s thinking that his team can repeat as champions of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

“We have scorers this year, guys who can get us points even when their jumper isn’t falling and guys who can jump over the rim,” said Wilson, in his sixth year with the Bathers.

“We had a team with more shooters last season. The guys we have this year can manufacture points for us when their shot is off. We didn’t have a lot of guys like that last year.”

Having a bevy of scorers could lead to Mount Clemens, which shared the 2010-11 MAC Gold Division title with St. Clair High School, to improve on last season’s scoring average of 60 points per game.

Senior guard Antoine Smith, junior forward De’Andre Young and senior forward Xavier Holmes are the players Wilson will look to for a scoring punch

At press time, the Bathers were averaging just 50 points a night, but Wilson said that should improve as his young guards get more experience with the Bathers’ new, up-tempo style of play.

“We’ve got a lot of talent, but still a lot of things to correct,” Wilson said.

The Bathers will utilize a 10-man rotation, which will help to keep guys fresh as they implement a pressing, trapping defense. That defense has stymied opposition early in the new campaign, as the Bathers through four games have allowed nearly 10 points less than last season.

Even with those early season issues, Wilson, whose team sat at 3-2 at press time, believes his group has the talent to win a second straight league title.

“I haven’t seen everybody play, and I don’t want to boast, but I think we’ll be OK,” he said.

Mount Clemens next hits the court at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Warren Woods Tower.
 

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