The answer took him by surprise.
“Most everybody says something like they can shoot or pass well, but Ish said ‘I’m a facilitator,” Vetter recalled about the Baylor senior recruit. “I looked at him then like I wasn’t so sure but you see now that he’s absolutely a facilitator. He makes his teammates better and fills out the stat sheet.”
The biggest beneficiary of Wainwright’s has been senior forward Mark Williams, a transfer from Cleveland. Williams is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and has given the Mustangs a huge rebounding and post presence during their 6-0 start.
“Mark’s sort of a throwback player who works really hard to get points, rebounds and has a nice mid-range game,” Vetter said.
Both Wainwright and Williams, along with the Mustangs’ perfect record, will be put to a strong test this week, when they travel to the Iolani Classic in Hawaii. Montrose opens play Wednesday against Kahuku of Hawaii in a field that also includes Coolidge and nationally ranked programs Oak Hill Academy and Findlay Prep (Nev.).
“We’ve had a good start to the season but we’re still a work in progress because we have a lot of new players,” Vetter said. “What we will help is continue to grow is we have great games against great opponents throughout our schedule.” . . .
Another school headed for warmer climate and hot competition this week is Paul VI, which will compete in the City of Palms Classic in Florida. The field includes national powers Whitney Young (Ill.) and Montverde Academy (Fla.), with the Panthers opening play Wednesday against Lake Wales (Fla.) at 9:45 p.m.
Along with their current four-game win streak, the Panthers (4-1) are buoyed by a 56-54 double-overtime win against Oak Hill Academy on Dec. 8, which snapped the Warriors’ 56-game win streak. As has been the case all season, the Panthers were led by the inside play of sophomore Marcus Derrickson (15.6 points per game) and emerging star junior Quadree Smith (13 points, 19 rebounds in victory).
“We went into the game with a chip on our shoulder because we lost pretty bad to them last year,” Derrickson said. “I think we didn’t prepare as well for them last year, so it means a lot to have beat them and show how far we’ve come.”
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