Nov 23, 2012 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterThere is an old saying about Wyoming Indian High School basketball program: The Chiefs never rebuild, they just reload.
That statement definitely looks true this season, as the defending Class 2-A boys state champions have a bevy of returning talent.
Wyoming Indian head coach Craig Ferris graduated just two starters a season ago and brings back a team laden with speed, size and a high skill level.
Senior Alvin Spoonhunter may be the best player in the division. Spoonhunter has been a fixture at Wyoming Indian for two seasons already and can do it all from every spot on the floor. The Chiefs have good size in 6-5 senior Trevor Williamson and 6-4 junior Joseph Howell, both were dominant forces in the paint a season ago.
"There are opportunities for everyone this year," Ferris said.
Brothers Wilson and Donald Clifford are playing well and vying for starting positions.
"Donald has really come out of his shell this year," Ferris said.
The only blemish on an otherwise bright prospect is an ankle injury to senior Joey Aragon suffered in the final football game of the season.
Aragon will be out of the lineup until January.
"It's not good to not have him, but it might just be a blessing in disguise," Ferris said. "When Joey comes back it might give us a big lift in January."
There were 35 boys out for basketball initially but the roster has trimmed to 30, with several opting to go out for wrestling.
Michael Highwalker assists the Chiefs again this season.
Ferris listed Lovell, Burns and Big Horn as favorites across the state. The Chiefs open play against Lovell on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Big Horn County.
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