Transfers give Cats new look
If De Soto boys basketball players felt like they were being watched under a scope this summer, they were.
New Wildcats boys basketball coach Jim Bonar observed intently, and within shouting distance, as his new team battled its way to a two-way tie for fifth place with Immaculata at the 2005 Bonner Springs boys summer basketball league.
De Soto finished an up-and-down league season with a 4-6 record in the 11-team varsity portion of the league. The junior varsity team tied Piper for last place in the 10-team field of the junior varsity standings with a 1-6 mark.
The picture that Bonar observed mirrored the roller coaster ride the team went through during the second year of the league.
"They have some bad habits," Bonar said of the Wildcats. "But they did some good things, too. They were always hustling, diving after loose balls even though it was a summer league. They took charges and were unselfish. Everybody was cheering and watching. It had a good time feel to it."
The league marked the first opportunity that Bonar and Wildcats fans alike were able to witness the talents of the McElvain brothers -- senior Scott, junior Cory and freshman Kevin -- who transferred from Shawnee Mission East.
Bonar was especially impressed with the talents of 6-5 senior point guard Scott.
"He clearly showed that he's a very solid player," Bonar said. "He's quite a passer and a real leader on the floor."
Bonar also mentioned Nick Cardiff, Tommy Elmer, Shane Miller, Michael Mello and Travis Crow. Taylor Burnett broke a collarbone during 7-on-7 football and had to miss several games, otherwise he was dominant on the boards.
Bonar said the Wildcats would try to get matchup advantages during the upcoming season.
"I don't think we'll have anybody on the team that scores 20 to 30 points every night," Bonar said. "But we will have several guys that will score 16 points on three or four occasions during the season. Everybody else will score about eight points."
Craig McElvain and Mike Miller coached the Wildcats in the summer league. The junior varsity were led into action by Bill Maasen.