The Wildcat basketball team has had a busy schedule thus far this summer with over 30 games under their belt. They have just as many more games slated before their summer season ends at the end of this month.
Head Coach William Altman said all signs are pointing to next season being a good one based on what he has seen thus far this summer.
Last year, first-year coach Altman came on board and helped propel the program out of a slump by producing more wins than Richmond Hill basketball has seen in many years. He said that trend should continue next season.
The summer schedule includes camps at Valdosta, Savannah State and Mercer as well as competition in the Savannah summer league. Altman said the team has split their games thus far where they have won as many as they have lost.
This includes victories over teams such as Savannah Christian, Calvary, South Effingham, Savannah Country Day and Tattnall.
"I’ve never been so busy in my life," Altman said about the team’s current schedule. "It’s exciting though because we’ve been competitive in every game we’ve played in. That’s saying a lot because we haven’t had all our players there all the time."
Gone this year are standouts Sean Szad, Darius Postell and Xavier Owens.
Altman said the younger players are really stepping up to the plate and filling in the gaps that are left from the aforementioned athletes.
The Cats still have offensive phenom and last year’s MVP Chakiris Moss, and Altman said he sees Moss only getting stronger during summer play.
"Nathan Spill is really coming through this summer as well," Altman said of the 6-foot, 6-inch rising senior. "He blocked some key shots against Tattnall and really come out of his shell this summer. Our other seniors are looking strong as well. Zach Payne is doing great as point guard while C.J. Bynum is excelling in the wing position."
Altman said his main goal for next year is to do better in region play. The team won many games last season, but only two were region games.
"I’ve got four guys returning with more experience and some younger players that are really stepping up, so I feel good about it," Altman said.