Matt King is trying to get a feel for his new squad.
Hired in the final week of June to replace longtime Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler, King said Friday he likes what he’s seen.
King, who came to Clovis from Los Alamos, was hired after the Wildcats finished their basic summer season, including a couple of team camps under assistant coach Scott Robinson.
“The last two weeks we’ve worked out a couple times a week,” King said. “I’ve definitely gotten to know the kids.
“I don’t know what they did record-wise, but I think they’ve had a pretty good summer overall.”
King, who served as an assistant coach at Volcano Vista and La Cueva in Albuquerque before his one-year at Los Alamos, said the transition to Clovis so far has been an easy one.
“I think the thing that has been evident is we’ve got really good kids and really good parents,” he said. “The kids are trying to represent our program the right way.
“From a basketball standpoint, we have a lot of kids with a lot of athleticism. We’re excited to work with them.”
The Cats’ staff will be the same as it was under Isler, with Robinson, junior varsity coach Vernon Dobbs and sophomore coach Cory Pickett.
“The key for us right now is to get in the gym,” King said. “Our skill set needs to get better.”