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Villa Park

Boys basketball preview: Warriors tasked with replacing leading scorers

VILLA PARK – A lot of new faces are in the Willowbrook program this year.

The top three leading scorers from last year, Josh Joiner, Tiger Greene and Yashua Trent, are all gone, with the trio playing in junior college this year. Greene is suiting up for Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Trent is playing for Kishwaukee College in Malta and Joiner left the state for Ranger College in Texas.

Replacing your top three scorers is a tough task for any program.

A few senior returners will lead the effort to replace the athleticism that departing group brought to the table. Senior guard Edvinas Mickevicius saw the most minutes last year of the returners. Mickevicius is entering his third year on varsity. Seniors Chris Poole and Chris Villafuerte are also expected to be in the rotation.

Fellow seniors Will Unseth, A.J. Nolen and Colton Flak are also returnees.

The group of newcomers breaking through this year will be led by 6-foot-5 junior Kyle Rushing. Rushing had 11 receptions and a touchdown as a wide receiver for the football team this fall. Villafuerte and juniors Micah Williams and Andrew Kanelos were also a part of the Warriors’ 7-3 football squad.

In addition to Rushing, who is expected to be Willowbrook’s primary inside player, junior forward Chris Roycroft should see time.

Junior Jake Burns and sophomore Carlos Meyers will contribute at guard. Meyers has a chance to see minutes at point guard, where the Warriors need someone to step up.

The Warriors, whose first four games are at a tournament hosted by Stagg, opened the season with a 64-36 loss to Nazareth on Tuesday. The conference opener is Dec. 6 against Hinsdale South. The Warriors will compete in the Glenbard West Holiday Tournament.

Willowbrook Warriors

Coach: Chris Perkins

Conference: West Suburban Gold

2012-13 record: 10-17 (3-9 WSG)

Next game: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 at Stagg

Top returners:

Edvinas Mickevicius sr. G

Chris Poole sr. G

Chris Villafuerte sr. G/F

Promising newcomers:

Jake Burns jr. G

Carlos Meyers so. G

Chris Roycroft jr. F

Kyle Rushing jr. F

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