WAYNE – Instead of flying into Puerto Rico for a Thanksgiving trip, the Wayne State College men’s basketball will be heading to Sioux Falls due to hurricane damage.
The Wildcat men have won three straight after dropping their season opener at UNK. Wayne State is recently coming off an 80-75 win over Augustana, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Vikings. WSC is 3-1 overall (1-0 NSIC).
Jeff Kaminsky enters his second season as head coach. The ‘Cats went 10-19 overall and tied for sixth in the NSIC South with an 8-14 league record last year. Coach Kaminsky said with an experienced group back, the team needs to take the next step.
“You know we we’re really competitive last year,” said Kaminsky. “I think the last five or six weeks we never lost by more than four. So, we have to take that next step to win those close game and not just be competitive but find ways to win.”
The Wildcat men were selected 11th (91) overall and sixth (20) in the NSIC South Division during the preseason rankings released on October 26. WSC returns all five starters and 11 letter winners.
Junior guard Kendall Jacks was listed as Wayne State’s Player to Watch by the NSIC this season. He leads the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game while going 12-13 (92.3%) at the foul line. He said the big emphasis is to finish off the game.
“There was a lot of times last year where we had a lead in the second half where we just really couldn’t pull the game off like we should have,” Jacks added. “We just use that for motivation in the preseason and it has started off well for us so far.”
The Wayne State College men will again take part in the Sanford Pentagon Showcase on Saturday, November 25 with New York Institute of Technology at 10:30 a.m. along with Missouri Southern on Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m.