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VYPE's Boys' Hoop Preview Top 25 -- No. 6 Humble Wildcats
November 10, 2011By Matt Malatesta of VYPE MAGAZINE - North Houston
The Humble Wildcats
Ready to Make History
Last Year: 26-10; Loss to Nederland in the Regional Quarterfinals
By Ahmard Vital
As far as the basketball program is concerned, success is the norm at Humble High School. But don’t take our word for it.
“Every year our goal is to make it to the playoffs. We have done that now 18 years in a row,” Humble coach David Martinez said. “Last season we had a good finish getting to the third round. Now it is time for us to take it to the next level.”
To do this, Martinez, who is going into his sixth year, will bring back three starters and four lettermen to start a new quest. Big-man Kyndhal Hill (Weber State-commit), the 6-foot-7, 200-pound post, is a player who has the experience and can lead the team with his game play.
Martinez will also look for senior leadership from guys like Junior Perry (6-foot-2), Jeremy Bennett (6-foot-2) and Paul Boyette (6-foot-4, who is committed to Texas for football). Guys like Tray Collins, Adrian Motley, Dezmon "Bam" Smith, Jeremiah Allison and even freshman Michael Gonzalez are expected to come in and contribute as well.
These guys will set the tone. Of course, the momentum built from last season still resonates throughout the locker room at Humble. But along with that momentum, comes a level of unity that Martinez feels will propel the team to a possible historical level.
“These guys are excited and cranked up about this upcoming season. They feel as though they have something to prove,” Martinez said. “The main thing that we have going for ourselves they have become closer as a unit. There is a closer, stronger cohesiveness among the guys. It is a tough bond.
“We’ve seen success, but for us to move forward, we have to go further than last year. We want to be better than any Humble team ever.”