MCPHERSON BOYS RETURN SIZE & VERSATILITY!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
MCPHERSON – While the McPherson High boys’ basketball team has graduated four of their five starters, the Bullpups once again look to reload as they prep to tipoff the 2019-20 season with two very big games against Andover and Andover Central.
Long time and highly successful Bullpup Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon will welcome back starter, six-foot-four senior Cody Stufflebean (already committed to play football at Kansas State) along with senior Sam Pyle, juniors Jaytin Alexander, Adam Elliott and Eli Pyle as well as super sophomore Seth Madron to make it appear that they are simply reloading despite losing four seniors who are already playing either football or basketball at the next level.
Coach Kinnamon claims this years Bullpups have three advantages – they can score from the outside, they can pound the boards inside the paint and most of the team is versatile enough to play several positions on the court.
Here is our look ahead to the 2019-20 season for the McPherson Bullpup boys’ basketball program:
WHO DOES NOT RETURN THIS SEASON?
- Starter – Max Alexander
- Starter – Kyler Hoppes, now playing football for McPherson College
- Starter – Jake Alexander, now playing basketball for Mid-America Nazarene
- Starter – Jace Kinnamon, now playing football for Emporia State University
WHO DOES RETURN?
- Starter – Cody Stufflebean, a six-foot-four senior who averaged 13.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in 2018-19.
- Jaytin Alexander, a five-foot-nine junior.
- Cooper Courtney, a six-foot-three senior.
- Adam Elliott, a six-foot junior.
- Seth Madron, a six-foot-one sophomore who averaged 3.8 points per game in 2018-19.
- Eli Pyle, a five-foot-ten junior.
- Sam Pyle, a six-foot-five senior.
- Hayes Schmid, a six-foot senior.
NEWCOMER(S) THAT MAY SEE PLAYING TIME?
- No players were mentioned.
WHAT DOES COACH KURT KINNAMON BRING TO THE BENCH?
- Coach Kurt Kinnamon is a 1987 graduate of McPherson College and begins his 25th season as head coach for the Bullpup boys’ basketball program.
- This will be Coach Kinnamons 32nd season coaching overall (this includes five seasons as Bullpup freshman coach from 1988-1993) and his 27th as a head coach.
- The Bullpups assistant coaches include Dustin Kanitz (his 14th season), Brandt Busse (his 5th season), and Treg Fawl (his 5th season).
- Coach Kinnamons is 510-101 overall as a head coach, which includes a 25-16 mark in two seasons leading the Canton/Galva boys’ program.
- As the Head Coach for the Bullpups, Kinnamon is 485-85 overall which includes six state titles and 17 state tournament appearances.
- In 2018-19 the Bullpups under Coach Kinnamon finished 15-6 overall and 9-1 in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division III games before losing to Wichita Bishop Carroll in the Class 4A sub-state finals.
- In 2017-18 the Bullpups under Coach Kinnamon finished 22-2 and Class 4A Division 1 state runner-up.
- In 2016-17 the Bullpups under Coach Kinnamon finished 20-5 and Class 4A Division 1 state runner-up.
- In 2015-16 the Bullpups under Coach Kinnamon finished 23-2 and Class 4A Division 1 state runner-up.
- In 2014-15 the Bullpups under Coach Kinnamon finished unbeaten at 25-0 and were Class 4A Division 1 State Champions.
WHAT COACH KURT KINNAMON SAYS ABOUT THE UPCOMING 2019-20 BULLPUP SEASON?
- Coach Kinnamon noted the team will have three strong strengths for the 2019-20 season ahead, the first strength is? According to Coach Kurt Kinnamon, the biggest strength for the upcoming season may be, “Our perimeter shooting as this team overall should be by past performances a very good outside shooting group.”
- The second strength mentioned was? Inside the paint is what Coach Kinnamon wanted to note, saying, “The players we have returning this season have good length to them which should do us well when it comes to playing inside the paint and rebounding on both the offensive and defensive glass.”
- And the final strength of the 2019-20 Bullpups will be? Coach Kinnamon added, “The third area we can really have an advantage is our versatility as we have several players who are interchangeable and have the ability to play a variety of positions as the game and season moves along.”
- How does Coach Kinnamon think the AVCTL will shake out by the end of the season? “I see the league to be a group of five at the top,” noted Coach Kinnamon. “Of course, I think we will once again win the league title followed closely by Buhler and Augusta and then Circle and Winfield.”
- Who should be the top contenders for Class 5A? Coach Kinnamon concluded his pre-season reflections by adding, “I see the top five contenders for Class 5A besides us will be Andover Central, who we will see in our second game of the season, Maize, Wichita Heights, Wichita Bishop Carroll and Goddard Eisenhower. A few of the top players should be Easton Hunter of Andale, Xavier Bell at Andover Central, Jack Johnson of Andover, Trey Washington in Derby, Omar Bradley of Blue Valley West, Grady Dick of Wichita Collegiate, and Austin Krogmeier out of Newton.
WHEN DO THE BULLPUP BOYS BEGIN THEIR 2019-20 SEASON?
- The Bullpup boys’ basketball team opens their 2019-20 season with a pair of games involving Andover as they tipoff the season opener on Friday, December 6, at home against Andover before playing Andover Central on the road the following Tuesday, December 10.
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