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Boys basketball preview: Raiders have ‘necessary pieces’ in place for success

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman)
Bolingbrook's Devon Sams pulls up for a jumper against Homewood-Flossmoor last season. Sams and the Raiders lose last year's leading scorer and rebounder, but return key players at every position this season. (Photo by Bill Ackerman file photo -

BOLINGBROOK – It takes a team to fill a 6-foot-7-inch hole.

After last season, Bolingbrook’s boys basketball team waived goodbye to senior forward Ben Moore – who graduated, packed up his 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and moved on to play collegiate ball for legendary coach Larry Brown at Southern Methodist University.

In the wake of Moore’s departure, Bolingbrook head coach Rob Brost acknowledged that while replacing the one of the best players in program history is no easy feat, the 2013-14 team seems up to the challenge.

“We have all the necessary pieces to the puzzle, it’s just a matter of putting them together,” Brost said. “Moore is gone, but we have a lot of returning players, and they are an unselfish group that wants to win. They don’t care who fills up the stat sheet.”

Returning guards Prentiss Nixon, C.J. Redmond and Gage Davis form a lethal backcourt combo for the Raiders. A natural scorer, Nixon has improved his ball handling during the offseason and is now more comfortable running the point guard position, according to Brost.

Redmond will also see time at point guard, and Brost attests the he is both the team’s vocal leader and perhaps its most tenacious defender. Davis – an Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne commit – is an excellent shooter who can score in bunches and has the ability to take over games. Sophomore Devon Sams will also see playing time at guard after getting a taste of varsity ball last year.

“I really like our versatility,” Brost said. “I expect teams to play zone and pack it in against us, but we will still be a tough team to guard. We have a couple guys that can shoot and get to the rim, and we have an inside presence as well.”

Julian Torres and Kenny Williams will be the feature pieces in the Raiders’ low post. The 6-foot-8-inch Torres is very agile for his size. Williams plays mostly with his back to the basket but has shown a delicate touch for a player his size (6-foot-6) in the past.

Junior Shakur Triplett is an athletic lefty who can finish at the hoop, and last year’s sixth man Josh Dillingham is a solid defender who can match up against either guards or forwards.

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