Sam Lewis (11), who was the second-leading scorer for OPRF in 2021-22, is the second Huskies player in two years to leave the program for Simeon of the Chicago Public League. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

When the 2022-23 high school basketball season tips off in November, the Oak Park and River Forest High School boys team will have to make do without key rising senior Sam Lewis.

Lewis, who was the Huskies’ second-leading scorer in 2021-22, has transferred to Chicago Public League power Simeon, according to Joe Henriksen of the City/Suburban Hoops Report. He’s the second OPRF player in two years to join the Wolverines, following Isaiah Barnes in 2020.

Without Lewis, head coach Phil Gary said the Huskies will try to take a more balanced approach to the upcoming season.

“We’ll have more opportunities for guys to step up,” said Gary, entering his third season. 

Rising seniors Christian Marshall and Rodney Murphy along with rising junior Max Johnson should see their roles increased. Moreover, Gary said rising sophomore Alex Vincent, who has had a strong offseason in club basketball, will be on the varsity in the coming year.

“They’ve been very coachable; they want to be a part of this program,” he said of the team’s work this summer. “They’re having fun and playing together.”

The Huskies will take part in the Ridgewood Shootout on June 24-26. Like the recent Riverside-Brookfield Summer Shootout, the event will feature several top Chicago-area programs and players competing in front of hundreds of college coaches.

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