A look at Westville Boys Basketball
Coach: Drew Eubank, first year at Westville and overall
Last year: 17-9 (5-2 Porter County Conference), lost in Class A sectional final to Gary 21st Century.
Key losses: Cade Albers (21.0 ppg), Tyrese Walker (17.3 ppg), Chase Klosinski (4.3 ppg)
Key returnees: DeChantal (7.2 ppg), Jenkins (3.7 ppg), Wilson (2.0 ppg)
Top newcomers: Woods, Lake, Bogart, A. Hannon, J. Hannon, Young
Outlook: Westville graduated 1,109 points, including Albers, the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,412), and Walker (982), but Eubank isn’t calling his first season a rebuilding year. “I think we’re going to catch people off guard a little bit,” he said. “We lost 2,400 points, so we shouldn’t be good, but these kids can play. They have played together at the lower levels, so they have a good feel for each other. They really just work well as a group. It’s hard to say how we’re going to do, but we’re going to be competitive.” The former Michigan City assistant has put a greater emphasis on defense and team play. “We’ve got to get stops,” he said. “We’ve got to be smarter, better prepared than other teams. They’ve got some freedom. We’ve just spent a lot of time on what’s a good shot.” The offense will run through the backcourt of Woods, last year’s JV point guard, and DeChantal. The only significant returning scorer, he’s a mismatch with the ability to score on the perimeter at 6-4. “The only thing we’ve had to deal with was getting Chase and Jace to be more assertive. They’re content playing their part,” Eubank said. “They’re going to make things go.” The supporting cast includes Lake, a knockdown standstill shooter, Jenkins, Wilson, Bogart and both Hannons. “When they were playing, they were just out there to defend and rebound and get the ball to Cade and Tyrese,” Eubank said. “They’re good at playing their role. We don’t have any selfish guys.” As in any situation with a new coach and a young team, Eubank expects the process to take some time. “We don’t have a lot of games against teams who haven’t had a lot of success,” he said. “There are going to be some growing pains. We’re just trying to build for the end of the year. Our goal is to get better every day, and if we do that, we’ll be in great shape.”
-- compiled by Jim Peters