After finishing the season with an 18-9 overall record and posting a 10-4 record in the Chicago Catholic League, one would think the Fenwick boys basketball team might need time to rebuild. After all, the ability to sustain wins at the varsity level is not an easy task, especially in a league as small as the Catholic League. Still, instead of taking time to re-evaluate in the off-season coach John Quinn and the Friars are merely reloading. Fenwick once again boasts several talented players that will lead the charge toward another Catholic League title.
Senior and three-year letterman Newman Delany will be the lynch pin for the Friars at point guard and will need to apply his passing skills and scoring touch, while 6-foot-5-inch forward Ryan Harbour will keep opposing teams busy in the paint. Senior swingman Hunter Kufuss and senior guard Nick Calcicott will also be important components to the Friars' overall success. Quinn will also need juniors Derek Tartt and point guard Larry Walker to make an impression, while talented sophomore Xavier Humphrey represents the future of Fenwick basketball.
"If you look up and down the lineup, you can see that we have a very deep and talented team this year," Quinn said. "We have also shown that we can get some big wins. We recently defeated Proviso West and Elk Grove at the Northern Illinois Satellite Team camp and we have played well in the Oak Park Summer League."
Along with the summer league, the Friars are also testing themselves in various summer tournaments, including the Minuteman Classic. Though other teams may be focusing on wins, Quinn's real focus this summer will be developing his team and creating a cohesive unit.
"Our goal is to get the guys experience at the varsity level," he said. "We are going to try to figure out who the core players will be and this in an opportunity to do that. We are not worried about winning, we just want to play well and identify our strengths and weaknesses."