RIVERSIDE – Will Kincanon starts at guard for the Riverside Brookfield boys basketball team and has been one of the team’s leading scorers.
That almost didn’t happen.
Kincanon, an ace pitcher for the RB baseball team, committed last spring to pitch for Middle Tennessee after high school. He wanted to focus all of his efforts into baseball and wasn’t sure he wanted to divide his time between two sports anymore.
Turns out that feeling didn’t last too long.
“During the summer for baseball, I talked to coach [Tom] McCloskey for a while and said that I didn’t think I was going to play [basketball],” Kincanon said. “But once open gym started to come around, I wanted to play.”
When Kincanon changed his mind, he asked McCloskey if he could play. The coach simply asked for a full commitment from Kincanon.
McCloskey received that commitment and the Bulldogs have reaped the benefits on the floor. Kincanon led the Bulldogs in scoring in four of the team’s first seven games this season. In a 65-62 win at Timothy Christian on Dec. 17, he led RB with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Kincanon can’t stay away from baseball, though. Once he finishes his school work and basketball practice, he still tries to do weight lifting or a throwing session to stay fresh with baseball.
“Anything to keep the ball in my hands,” he said. “I just try to get all the work in I can for baseball because, obviously, I need to keep working on that. But basketball is my main focus because it’s in season.”
This past spring, Kincanon helped the Bulldogs set a new school record for wins while winning the conference title and a regional. He threw a no-hitter in the regional final against Montini in a 1-0 victory.
Kincanon will be anxiously awaiting the start of baseball in March, but until then, he will help the Bulldogs push for a 13th straight conference title. RB appears to be the favorite against in the Metro Suburban Conference.
“I think we’re getting better every day as a team because at the start of the year we had a lot of young guys playing,” Kincanon said. “I definitely love basketball, so it’s definitely good to play my last year of basketball.”