Coach Jeff Clark (white shirt) talks to his Wildcats players in a pre-season game.
Coach Jeff Clark (white shirt) talks to his Wildcats players in a pre-season game. Gerard Walsh

Young gun impresses

COACH Jeff Clark rates Kevin Globio as his most impressive young gun in the lead-up to the Warwick Wildcats first season in the Queensland development league.

Warwick has played four pre-season games so far and travels to Browns Plains today for a game against D-league team West Logan.

Games are planned most weekends in the run-up to the start of the D-league season on May 12.

Clark said the Warwick team had really improved.

"Kevin is the smallest player in the team but has learnt how to play against the bigger guards in other teams," Clark said.

"The players are all improving and toughening up against strong opposition.

"I am happy with the progress.

"This will be a good indication as we will be playing against a team of our own level from West Logan."

West Logan doesn't have a Queensland Basketball League team but players feed into other QBL teams.

The Wildcats team this weekend will be a full-strength combination with the exceptions of DJ Cremasco, who has work commitments.

While Warwick will play in the second-tier Queensland competition, the D league, some pre-season games have been played against Queensland Basketball League teams and Great Brisbane League teams.

Clark was not too disappointed in a recent 70-point loss to the Toowoomba Mountaineers D-league side in a mid-week game in Toowoomba.

"The Mountaineers were minor premiers last season and made the grand final," Clark said.

"DJ was the only player from our starting five who played against the Mountaineers D-league side."

While players from the Warwick Basketball Association Wednesday night competition form the basis of the Wildcats team, numbers have been boosted by imports Leon Purdue and Snowy Quinn.

Purdue and Quinn have played QBL, along with Warwick pair Michael McDaniel and Declan Starasts.

Last year, Warwick won the Ag Requirements Regional Basketball League in A and reserve grades with many players from the Wildcats D-league squad.

The next Warwick trial at WIRAC will be on April 21 at 5pm against Mt Crosby.

Games in the next three weeks will be away as the courts are re-surfaced.


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