The good news for Wildcat faithful, however, was that the halls were certainly not empty of talent.
“We lost a lot of very good players to graduation, but we have some great guys coming back,” said Woods Cross coach Todd Street.
One of the biggest names leading this year’s Wildcats is Tyler Stahle. The three-year starter will be counted on by Street as the season begins.
“Tyler has a lot of experience and is a great leader for us,” Street said. “He has a great work ethic.”
Senior Jake West is Woods Cross’ best athlete at 6-2.
“Jake has a 34 inch vertical leap and is a great athlete,” Street said. “He’s our only true dunker.”
Sophomore Austin Bankowski stands 6-6 and will play center. Bankowski played as a freshman a year ago and comes from a basketball family.
“Austin’s dad played at Utah and he has a good knowledge of the game, but he’s young and doesn’t have a lot of experience yet,” Street said.
Dave Bitner is called “a great shooter” by Street while another sophomore Peter Howey, is expected to make strong contributions for the Cats.
The approach for this year will be to grow up in a hurry.
“We are definitely a young team,” Street said. “We have talent and desire and we’ll need to get experience as the season progresses.”
The Wildcats will use a man-to-man defense with a mixture of some zone and an up tempo offense.
“We’re definitely in a rebuilding mode, but I expect a lot of positive things to happen this year,” Street said. “These guys are putting in the effort and that is great.”