As things stand right now, the Fenwick High School boys basketball team will not have any seniors on the roster for the 2022-23 season.
But it’s something second-year coach Tony Young has dealt with before.
“I coached a team at East St. Louis that had no seniors,” he said after the Friars went 2-2 at the 19th annual Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout, which features several of the Chicago area’s top high school players and programs competing in front of hundreds of college and university coaches, on June 17-19.
“To have a group of which 80 percent hasn’t played varsity basketball, I have no complaints,” Young said. “We’ve got a group of kids that are learning the coaching and to play with each other.”
Rising sophomore Nathaniel Marshall is also encouraged with the growth the Friars have made.
“We did good this weekend,” said Marshall, a two-sport athlete who will be a key defensive lineman for Fenwick’s defending IHSA Class 5A football team. “We’ve still got a lot to work on.”
Fenwick edged past Belleville East 39-38 in its opening game June 17. Rising junior Brandale Steward led the Friars with 11 points while Marshall added 10.
In the second game on June 17, Fenwick fell to Bolingbrook 68-59. Rising junior Germaine Benson had a team-high 15 points in the loss.
The Friars also split their two games on June 18. They showed offensive balance as they rallied in the second half to defeat Rich Township 60-55. Rising junior Darshan Thomas had a team-high 10 points, rising sophomore J.T. Pettigrew nine points, Benson and Marshall eight apiece, and Steward seven.
In Fenwick’s final game, a 69-54 loss to Brother Rice, Thomas had a game-high 13 points, Benson 10 points, and Marshall 9.
“We’ve had a lot of balance all summer. That’s going to be the big thing in becoming a team,” Young said. “Sharing the basketball, looking out for each other, looking to set each other up, and making the right play. We don’t need a superstar, our strength is going to be our team.”