LISLE – The upcoming boys basketball season marks a changing of the “guards” at Lisle.
The entire Lions starting backcourt graduated following the 14-16 season, forcing head coach Mark LaScala to retool with underclassman and a first-year varsity player. But, LaScala says the new guards are learning on the fly and growing accustomed to the heightened speed and physicality of the varsity game.
“The boys are working very hard and coming to practice every day with a good attitude,” LaScala said. “We are preparing them for several different defenses and they are making improvements with every practice.”
Sophomore Nick Massura and senior Kyle Hendzel will run the Lisle offense. A 5-foot-11-inch dual threat guard who is entering his first season on varsity, Massura can play either point or shooting guard, and the coaching staff will count on him to hit open shots.
Although Hendzel is a senior, he has yet to play in a varsity game because of soccer commitments last season. He is an athletic defender who can create offense out of defense.
Connor Bielat is a versatile utility player that will split time between guard and small forward.
While the backcourt will be responsible for running the Lions inside-out offense, LaScala explains that his post players will have to pace the team in scoring in order to be successful.
“We have a lot of big, strong, physical forwards,” LaScala said. “We want to move the ball between high and low posts, attack the paint and be in position for second- and third-chance opportunities.”
Jeremy Glavonovits is entering his third year with the varsity team, and is asserting himself as leader on the court and in the locker room. After fine-tuning his shot in the offseason, the 6-foot-6-inch senior now has the potential to lead the team in points and rebounds.
Fellow senior Shane Murray is an imposing post presence on both offense and defense. They will receive support from senior Zach Trussell, a 6-foot-3-inch forward who can log a lot of minutes and is a strong rebounder.